Inside the new Yankee Stadium

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That is one spacious entryway.

When last I visited with new Yankee Stadium 24 hours ago, I was bemoaning the prices of the Premium Seating experience. Today, we can leave baseball economics and the free-market effect on ticket prices behind us for a few minutes. Let’s delve deeper into what the stadium will look like upon completion.

Hidden in the not-so-deep recesses of the Premium Seating web experience is a comprehensive set of images that offer up architectural renderings of parts of the inside of the new stadium. For $1.4 billion, the Yankees sure are getting a gem of a stadium even if it turns baseball games into sports experiences, as the marketing folks would have you believe.

Atop this post we see the Great Hall. Yes, it sounds like something out of Harry Potter, but in reality, it is the new entryway to the stadium. That gold-etched sign will front this majestic new hallway. With ample space for large crowds and a high ceiling, this new entryway will certainly lessen the feelings of claustrophobia that come crashing over fans as their enter through the current stadium turnstiles. Staircases lead up the concourses, and banners honoring Yankee Greats hang from the rafters.

Moving to the outfield, we come across Monument Park. From this photo, it’s hard to get a sense of the Yankee shrine. It does appear that the Yanks’ architects anticipate young girls in pink Yankee hats and women in high heels and pant suits at the stadium. Neither of those things belong at a baseball game. It looks like the plaques in the park will no longer be in an open-air part of the stadium; a part of the outfield seating structure appears to hang over the plaque wall.

New Yankee Stadium will have a Yankees Museum. The museum is set for somewhere down the right field line.

Looking out at the field from behind home plate, we see a sea of blue seats ringing the field. Gone is the monolithic feel of the current outfield way (and, apparently, the Bronx as well, according to that photo); restored is the trademark façade from the pre-renovation days. The upper levels do appear somewhat recessed, and the field dimension’s will be identical to those in the current stadium. The view from the Terrace Level behind the plate still looks amazing, and the outfield scoreboard looks fairly huge.

Returning to the bowels of the stadium, we come back to the Experience part of the trip. A sports bar, a martini bar and a steakhouse that will be open year round are just some of the new additions to the Stadium.

Those are just some of the new changes coming to Yankee Stadium when the team moves across the street. For now, these are just renderings of planned additions, but the renderings sure do look luxurious. As the new Stadium nears completion, I’m sure we’ll see more glimpses inside what will become an ostentatious baseball temple in the Bronx. For $1.4 billion, it better be this nice.

See also: Yankees open up new stadium to beat writers.

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Gardner returned to the Yanks
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  • http://aroundthemajors.blogspot.com/ Around The Majors

    Definitely going to be the nicest ballpark around.

    http://aroundthemajors.blogspot.com/

  • barry

    I don’t like the composite of Monument Park.

  • Rich

    As long as the Yankees win championships early and often, I will learn to deal with the conspicuous consumption.

  • Tripp

    I don’t know. I don’t think it’s grand enough. THere needs to be a Hallway lined with Pillars with large statues of Yankee legends leading up to the seat where Hank Steinbrenner sits. You know. Lord of the Ringesque. Hall of the Kings.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      That would be ridiculous and secretly fantastic at the same time.

      • Tripp

        I would do it if I had 1.4 billion to spend and the ego that Hank has. Maybe a lesser version in the executive’s office that leads up to Hank’s office. I hope Hank reads this blog and gets some ideas.

  • Adam

    the upper deck is so small and far away!?!

    considering it is the only place in the stadium i will be able to afford to sit, i wish it was bigger and closer.

    part of the awesomeness and intimidation of the old stadium was the upper deck that practically hung over the field. do doubt the openness of the new stadium will make it much much quieter too. thats not even including the corporate types sitting in the lower deck.

    • Casper

      I’m with Adam… The alterations to the size/proximity of the Tier to the playing field is my only real gripe with the new Stadium. Like everyone else here I could do without the Martini Bar and all the other stuff, but whatever… Signs of the times, nothing we can do about that stuff. But – the Tier is really the thing that makes Yankee Stadium unique right now. It’s huge, and it hangs over the playing field much moreso than at other ballparks. I’ve been to all the stadiums (except the new ones in San Diego and St. Louis, which were built after my trip and which I’ll be seeing this summer), and I’ve sat in the upper deck in a few of the new ones… In other parks you feel like you’re a mile from the playing field when you sit up high. As a season-ticket holder up high in the Tier, it really saddens me that I’m being pushed back from the field (and probably also pushed further out towards the outfield, since there will be so many fewer seats up there). I guess the response to my gripe is that the changes to the upper deck are also a sign of the times. Just makes the opening of the new Stadium (and of course the demolition of the current Stadium) a little bittersweet for me.

    • Casper

      PS: Ditto on all of the above as concerns the Bleachers. They shouldn’t have put seats in front of the Bleachers and pushed them back. To me the Tier/Bleachers issue is just kind of a salt-in-the-wounds thing. Fine, go ahead and make it impossible for the average fan to sit down low near the infield, build your martini bars, whatever. I don’t think most fans really care, we weren’t sitting behind the dugout anyway nor will we be hanging out in the martini bar. But to push people back and away from the field, people who are part of your season-ticket (or partial plan) base and those people who can only afford to get the cheaper seats a couple of times a summer, just seems like a bit much to me.

      • steve (different one)

        agreeed 100% on the upper deck.

  • mustang

    All 2008 Season Plans are now SOLD OUT. This is why they can charger those crazy prices because someone will pay it.

  • Luke S.

    I wonder if the images are accurate in terms of all the NY logos all over – EVERYWHERE.

    Gives a new meaning to the term “ubiquitous.” Let’s hope they show a little restraint there. (What are the chances of that!?)

    Otherwise these images are pretty cool. The content and mood of images like this are limited, of course, but these are a pretty good attempt.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’m willing to be that all those NY logos are ad space that will eventually be sold. No one wants to see artist renderings with giant Avis and WB Mason posters everywhere.

      I hope they don’t turn the place into Vegas, with all sorts of flashy and over-the-top ads. That would be bad.

  • jon

    I still don’t understand why they’ve basically re-created the exact same park as the old one. Do something new with respect to the dimensions of the park. You build a brand new stadium that looks just like the old one, except that it’s cleaner, has more toursity type crap and better amenities. But in terms of seeing this place and watching the game on the field, I think it’s pretty boring.

    • steve (different one)

      i disagree. the dimensions of the field are a huge part of Yankee history and the composition of the team.

      what are you looking for, a hill in CF? a giant 35 foot wall in LF? a perfectly symmetrical field?

      i would guess that 90% of yankee fans would have been very disappointed by a change in the dimensions.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

        Nah, that’s not entirely true, Steve. The current dimensions are a byproduct of changes over the last thirty years. When the renovated stadium opened, the dimensions were different than they are today, and the stadium as configured differently pre-renovation as well.

        • steve (different one)

          oh, you’re right of course. i am obviously aware that “death valley” used to be about 500 feet from home plate and the dimensions have been altered over the years. i think they moved left field back a little as recent as in the last 20 years.

          that wasn’t really my point. i wasn’t clear, but i really meant that i think fans would be disappointed to see something different than the GENERAL shape of Yankee stadium that has largely been a part of the team history.

          by that, i mean the short porch in RF, slightly asymetrical “horseshoe”, with a deeper left-center than right center.

          i guess i shouldn’t have spoken for anyone else, but would people here have been disappointed if they changed that?

          • Adam

            agreed steve, although putting the monuments back on the field could have been fun.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    A Martini Bar?!? It’s a baseball stadium, it’s supposed to be about beer and hot dogs and cracker jacks and peanuts, not martini’s.

    • steve (different one)

      you can get “top shelf” liquor drinks in the current stadium if you sit in the sections with waiter service. last season, my buddy scored us 2 tickets through his job that were about 10 rows behind home plate.

      every seat had an order form to order all sorts of food (things you can’t get from the concession stand) and beverages. then you call over the “waiter”, he takes the paper from you, and brings back your order. he could run your credit card too.

      just saying…

  • marc

    I’m moving out to San Diego next January so i’ll miss out on seeing the new places for a little while. bummer.

    • Luke S.

      Sorry to hear about your moving to SD, Marc; I know you’ll probably miss going to see the Yanks in person. I’ve lived outside of NY state since 1973, and had to settle for going to the Mausoleum in Oakland a couple of times a year. (I live in Colorado now, so it’s only once every five years or so …)

      Thank goodness for all the Yankee blogspots, official sites, and out of town newspaper sites!

  • A-Point

    Hmph, I’d take this remade remodeled crap over this new one, but nothing beat the true Yankee Stadium. This one that is coming down lacked a lot of the old Stadium, the upper deck was pushed back. They are just doing more of the same.

    I have to wonder, aren’t they allowing fans of other players to come to the stadium? Every jersey was a Jeter Jersey. LOL.

  • Ben

    I’m sensing a $1.4 Billion curse or you’re over-compensating for something. One of the two.

    (You may now feel free to beat the verbal shit out of me.)

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  • yankees81

    doesn’t the centerfield scoreboard and billboards seem a little cookie-cutter for a new park? I wish it was a little more open and asymetrical(more interesting)… that’s the only thing i’ve got a problem with..

    • yankees81

      other little problems would be the swankiness (such as the endless luxury suites, , martini bars etc.) :/

  • Greg Kristan

    The new stadium looks and seems to be awesome but i am nervous about all of the high priced seats because that would only be for the Rich. Just look at the nationals park behind homeplate, no one is there and if they are, they are just talking to each other and never watching the game.
    I just hope the New Stadium will not become a quiet smaller park like there is at Nationals with all of the rich white collar workers

    anyone else agree

  • Vin

    Does anyone know if there is a seating chart for the new stadium available yet? I’m curious to see how they are going to configure the seating and sections.

  • fausti

    i think the stadium be totally differrent in every aspect than the first one except i think the facade should still be there, its almost mocking the old one. the old stadium should live in the memories or become a museum. i think that its time to move on, and the old stadium doesn’t deserve to be recreated, especially not with many signifecant changes. also maybe it would be cool if the wall outside was the same but nothing else, and monument park or monument park could stay in the museum

  • Dondi

    I used to play roller hockey in the player parking lot in the 1960’s with Mario, Steve, Gerry, Tommy, Richie Hansen, who by the way made the NHL Islanders, and many others. The Longines clock on the side of the shrine was our time keeper. The Stadium lost its guts when they redid it for some stupid reasons. I used to play on the ballfields, run track for Sacred Heart and Cardinal Hayes at Macombs, watch NYU play CCNY at Babe Ruth Field. Study the shuttle elevation that took Giants fans to the Polo Grounds. Most is underground, for what they call ‘progress’. What about the history, the tradition? Gone! I agree with the local community groups, where are their ballfields going to be? There was no need for this plan. The way the area was laid out was perfect. What they should have done was to redo the old stadium to what the old stadium looked like, just remove the pillars, which was the ‘reason’ why they gutted it in 1975. “Money talks, nobody walks.” Typically, those making the decisions don’t live there.

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