I visited (New) Yankee Stadium for the second time on Sunday night.* Disappointingly, much like the first time I went there, I was pretty unimpressed.
I really wish this ballpark had more history going for it. Considering that Yankee Stadium cost $1.5 billion to build and is owned by the New York Yankees, far and away the winning-est and richest baseball team there has ever been, there is a surprising lack of evidence that would let someone know it. The one thing going for it in this direction is Monument Park:
Monument Park is an outdoor, quasi-museum that honors many past Yankee players and staff along with several Popes, the victims and responders of September 11th, and Nelson Mandela. There are a bunch of plaques and a little garden that people can walk through. It’s a cool piece of history that I don’t believe exists at any other ballpark in this capacity. It’s just too bad that’s all for history.
Aesthetically, the place is pretty boring. As I was walking around the park, a lot of the walls were just plain white. No plaques or decorations. It’s a lot of concrete and these arch things:
Most of the food around the park seemed to be served in buckets. I saw buckets full of fries with sliders, fries with fried chicken, and fries with fried chicken sliders. There were souvenir batting helmets (pretty bucket-like) filled with nachos, too. I happened to order several non-bucket related items. I had an overcooked sausage, a “New York” pretzel (which was good, but still just a pretzel), and a bag of peanuts. Meanwhile, if I had gotten a hot dog, there were no options for onions or relish.
On the plus side, there didn’t seem to be any bad views of the park. I was in (relatively) cheap seats and could still see the whole field well:
Three photos stitched together.
One last note about the park: The sound system was unbearable. The music was crazy loud, as if the fans aren’t capable of being excited unless their eardrums are being constantly pounded. There were so many sound effects, it was bordering on a cartoonish level. Every time there was a run scored by the Yankees or the Yankees struck someone out, another sound effect would start-up. Why does that need to happen? Shouldn’t cheering be enough?
So, all-in-all, near the bottom of my list of ballparks. Which is fitting since I despise the team but still, I was expecting more.
*I got to see my hometown team and arch rivals of the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox, lose horribly. Though I don’t believe that tainted my experience.
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