Nov
25

Inside the new Stadium

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Larry Dobrow, writer and Yankee fan, earned himself the rare privilege of a sneak peak into the new stadium and wrote about the trip for CBSSports.com.

At first, he was struck by grandeur of it all. Big halls and big screens will dot the big promenades. While he is appreciate of the Yanks’ efforts at modernization, he was most impressed with the field. Dobrow writes:

Then we walked through the tunnel into the cruise ship of a dugout, and exploded out onto the field.

This, not the steakhouses or the Hard Rock Cafes or the post offices or the arboretums, is why the new Yankee Stadium will make hard-core, old-time, middle-tax-bracket fans very, very happy. Yes, there are modern flourishes, like the monstrous video screen and the obligatory center-field outdoor café dealie. But mostly the new field is the old field.

The dimensions remain the same, save for the elimination of chunks of foul territory around home plate and the first- and third-base lines (this won’t thrill the pitchers, I imagine). Most important, the upper decks still hang tightly and imposingly over the field. If I felt somewhat claustrophobic beneath their shadows on a quiet November morning, I can only imagine how intimidated opposing players might feel on a boisterous October night.

I hope Dobrow’s words ring true in April. We’ve heard that the upper decks are a bit more recessed than they were at the intimate Yankee Stadium and the latest set of pictures on Yankees.com don’t dispel that story. But the early words are comforting. This new stadium just might be a nice one yet.

Categories : Yankee Stadium
  • pat

    Can’t wait to hear people complain about the martini bar in center, not realizing it was where the empty black seats used to be. Its also pretty sweet to hear they tried to keep the intimidation factor intact.

    • radnom

      The black seats never caused any line of site issues, did they?

      It is absurd people sitting out i nthe bleachers are going to have to watch the game on a freaking TV in order to see everything.

      • pat

        you already cant see everything that happens in center from the right field bleachersand the only seats affected terriblt are going to be sold on a deep discount.

  • pat

    Can’t wait to hear people complain about the martini bar in center. not realizing it is where the empty black seats were.

    • pat

      wtf this stupid commenting system told me the first one didnt go through.

  • Jay

    “The dimensions remain the same, save for the elimination of chunks of foul territory around home plate and the first- and third-base lines (this won’t thrill the pitchers, I imagine).”

    I believe the elimination of foul territory WOULD thrill the pitchers. Those balls that could have been caught will now be out of play…

    • Jay

      I’m an idiot.

      • thisisthedavid

        ahahah no worries i read it wrong at first 2. I thought they were adding foul ground! didn’t know they were pulling it back!!!

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Is “River Ave. Rollin” available?

  • steve (different one)

    i guess it’s one thing to say the upper deck won’t be the same by looking at pictures, but we won’t really know until we FEEL what it’s like at a sold out game.

    this guy seems to think it feels similar, and that is a good thing.

  • Bill R

    If you look at the new pictures there is one where it shows the lower deck seats and if you look at the bottom left of the page there IS ALREADY TRASH piled up under the seats! I mean I know it’s New York but lets be real it isn’t even open yet!

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