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Via New York Magazine’s Daily Intel blog comes the lovely news about the bleachers at new Yankee Stadium: A whole bunch of unlucky fans won’t be able to see because the restaurant will be in the way. As you can see from the above screenshot, that pesky restaurant is going to obscure the sight lines.

Now, we’ve heard about this problem in the past, but the existence of that oh-so-fun Stadium seat selector confirms the bad news. Folks sitting in the some bleacher sections won’t be able to see the entire outfield. Fans in left won’t have a view of right, and fans in right won’t have a view in left.

While the impacts only a few of the bleacher denizens — the people sitting in the sections adjacent to these bad sections can still see — a significant number of bleacher seats in a new stadium will have obstructed views. But, hey, at least the people in the center field restaurant will be able to see. Right?

After the jump, the view from right field.

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  • MJ

    It boggles the mind that the Yanks went this route. Have they not been looking around at stadium designs from the last 5-10 years? Their design is ridiculous. A new stadium should NEVER have obstructed views. This isn’t 1920 for chrissakes.

    • jk

      The original design did not include the restaurant in CF. They decided the will make more money from the restaurant and screwing people in $12 seats is not a big issue for them. They are placing tv’s on the side walls so the people in blocked seats can follow the action.

  • steve (different one)

    there is an easy way to remedy this: just paint the seats with the very worst of the problem yellow and offer the seats at a slight discount.

    done. problem solved.

    there are TONS of seats in the current stadium that have obstructed views. if you sit in the upper deck a little up the 3B line, you can’t see part of LF. in the current bleachers, you can’t see the area in near the warning track.

    it’s annoying b/c they had the opportunity to get this *perfect* and they screwed up. but it’s not THAT big a deal.

    what percentage of the action happens on the part of the field that is visible from those seats, 98%?

    • MJ

      Yes, there are TONS of seats in the current stadium that have obstructed views. But this stadium was built in the 20’s and renovated in the 70’s. New stadiums around the big leagues justify their costs by offering improved sightlines to all patrons.

      It IS a big deal to have a new stadium where those sitting in RF can’t see LF. Why go to the game if you can’t see anything? Just stay home and watch it in HD.

      • RustyJohn

        Totally agreed- whoever threw that design in there should, in the words of Jesse Jackson, have their balls clipped off. Who the hell goes to a game to eat in a restaurant anyhow? I could never understand that but all new stadiums have that shit- and they always give it some lame ass name, like the “Hit It Here Cafe”.

        Why don’t they just stick some random girders and poles throughout the stadium too?

      • steve (different one)

        Why go to the game if you can’t see anything? Just stay home and watch it in HD.

        because saying they “can’t see anything” is a strawman that you are attacking?

        they can probably see 95% of the action on the field.

        what percentage of the action occurs solely between the pitcher and the hitter (balls, strikes, foul balls)? now what percentage of the action takes place on the infield (ground outs, infield flys, steals, bunts, etc.)? now what percentage of the action takes place in the 2/3’s of the outfield that is perfectly visible?

        what is left? a handful of plays per game?

        of course it would be outrageous if you “couldn’t see anything”.

        luckily that’s not even remotely true.

        don’t get me wrong, i think they dropped the ball big time on the design of the restaurant. it’s a major screw up.

        i am saying, just discount those seats and everyone can be happy. i would happily sit in those seats if they were cheap enough.

  • Matt

    There is also another very sad part of Yankee stadium that will be coming to an end. Section 39, aka the Bleacher Creatures, where the roll call begins from, will also be gone.

    But, I believe the bleacher creatures will be taking over a new section. It’s just sad how many traditions are ending, on the field, and even in the crowd.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Ugh… that is so disappointing. How hard would it have been to remedy this? Shit, you’d have been better off just extending the restaurant out diagonally and removing those obstructed seats entirely just so you could say that there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

    Or, eliminate those seats and put more seating on TOP of the restaurant… be creative.

    • http://www.barackobama.com/index.php TurnTwo

      or, why not build the restaurant elevated a bit off the field, both back off the field and higher up. as it stands, right now the restaurant and bar hang basically right over teh CF wall… did it have to be right over the wall? why not offset it by 20-30 feet?

    • steve (different one)

      Or, eliminate those seats and put more seating on TOP of the restaurant… be creative.

      don’t forget the restaurant is doubling as the “batter’s eye”. so that’s one reason.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Yes, but if the top of the restaurant is, say, 30 feet above the ground, wouldn’t you be able to put seats that high without interfering with the batter’s eye?

        • steve (different one)

          yeah, maybe. i don’t know.

        • http://www.nosenseworrying.com/ Jen

          The food court for the bleachers is on top of the restaurant. I don’t know if there’s a concourse under the stands with concessions as well, but it seems that’s the main area for us bleacher folk to get our food. And there are actually a couple rows of seats up there already, but I have no idea how you get tickets, or if you can get tickets.

  • Chris

    Every stadium has obstructed view seats, even the new ones. Generally those seats are sold at a discount or not sold.

  • donttradecano

    anyone read the verducci article on yankee stadium in this weeks SI, great article imo.

  • http://yankees.lhblogs.com Pete Abraham

    FYI: The Yankees have said there will be TV screens on those walls so people can follow the flight of the ball when they lose sight of it.

    I asked Lonn Trost about the sight lines in February when we took a tour and that’s what he said.

  • John

    I go to Petco (a “new park”) about once a week. I’ve sat in about 20 different places. I’d say half of them have some sort of obstructed view.

    Of course, I don’t pay for the tickets.. and if I did I’m sure they’d be about 1/5th of what you’d pay at the New Yankee Stadium.

  • Sean O’Kane

    look at it this way – the OF on the opposite side of where you’d be sitting is not in view. I go to a game to pay to see the team, if you’re absolutely obstructing one of those players that’s not acceptable.
    it doesn’t matter if only a handful of plays may happen there, it’s inexcusable.
    this is just another line item in a long list of reasons why the new stadium is tailored to higher-income fans who *tend* to have less direct interest in the game, and how those in the lower income brackets can’t do anything to change that.

  • Bill R

    This is just blatant crap.. Nuff said.

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