Yanks to open gates at new Stadium earlier

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For years, one of the things — besides Cotton Eyed Joe — that always annoyed me about Yankee Stadium was its opening time. The Yanks would open the stadium gates around two hours prior to game time or right as home BP was wrapping up.

With the new park, though, the Yanks are rectifying this oversight. Lost in the news about the food offerings at the new stadium was the following paragraph for the press release:

Yankee Stadium concessions will begin serving food when Stadium gates open, approximately three hours prior to the scheduled start times of games. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. for games with a 1:05 p.m. scheduled start time, at 1:00 p.m. for 4:10 p.m. starts, at 4:00 p.m. for 7:05 p.m. starts, and at 5:00 p.m. for 8:05 p.m. starts.

Never before could fans enter the stadium that early. While the business man in me knows that the Yanks are kicking back their open hours to give fans more of an opportunity to spend money at the new ballpark, the baseball fan in me can’t wait to get up to the stadium one summer night for all three hours of batting practice.

For the last game at old Yankee Stadium, my dad and I went early to soak in the House that Ruth Built one final time. The doors opened six hours ahead of the game, and we sat there and watched all of BP. It was truly a special moment, and I’m glad to hear the Yanks will be opening the doors earlier from now on.

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  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    That is awesome news. One of my, and my father’s, biggest complaints over the past couple of years is not having the stadium open to see the Yanks BP. I don’t have tickets to any games yet this year (living 9hrs away, its hard to plan a trip), but if I do go, I will definitely take advantage of that!

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    What they didn’t say is that they will be playing “Cotton Eyed Joe” on a loop for the first hour that the gates open.

    • Tom Zig

      while mixing in a macarena here or there

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        No, Ghostbusters.

        • Marsha

          No, no, no. It’s actually YMCA.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
  • Cam

    Just got tix to the Cubs game on April 3rd today, so all this news has got me so excited! Bring on the (pre)season!

    • pat

      Nice, I’m goin to the saturday day game. F*ckin $2.50 each. Not too shabby.

      • Cam

        I wish I got the “throwback” prices. I stupidly picked best available when I first tried to get the tix through the Yankee site, and it brought up $200 ones. So I threw those back and tried to get more but they were sold out by the time I did. I got a couple off of StubHub for $40 each though, so I’m not complaining!

        • pat

          Nah 40 isnt bad at all. I was ready to spend 60 when my friend left me a voicemail saying he got 4 for 250. Then I did a little happy dance when he clarified.

          • Mike Pop

            Pat’s happy dance = touching himself multiple times.

            • pat

              hahah, pops you know me a little too well.

              • Jack

                Isn’t it tough to dance after you’ve been, um, “self-medicating”?

  • http://newstadiuminsider.com Ross

    Ben – I posted about this on my blog a couple of weeks ago when the RSS feed was down (likely why you/Mike missed it):


    Thanks again to Mike for alerting me to the RSS feed issue by the way.

  • http://newstadiuminsider.com Ross

    Sorry, I linked to the wrong post. This is the one I meant to link to:


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

      Ah, my bad. Didn’t realize it was a story a few weeks old. I think it was during your RSS outage. Still, it’s very welcome news.

  • Yankeegirl49

    Im glad too! I did the same thing Ben did for the last game and sitting there just taking it in is great. Now instead of spending my money at the Yankee Tavern before the game, Ill be spending it for an extra hour inside.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      And, thus, helping to generate the revenue stream that will eventually pay for Felix Hernandez.

      That’s why you’re one of my favorite fans, Yankeegirl49. (Well, that, and the fact that you’re a baseball MILF.)

      • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        If you keep this up, UWS is going to get jealous.

        • UWS

          I have no problem with open relationships.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            This is why you are still so awesome.

            And there’s more than enough Tommie to go around.

          • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi
      • Yankeegirl49

        I’ll be more than happy to help pay for King Felix!!!
        As long as they continue to field the best team possible, I have no problem with spending my money there. Heck I spent my money there in the 80’s when it was me and 20 other people in the stadium lol.

  • daniel aka bryce harper

    a little off topic, but i never realized that sal fasano was in the village people

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Awesome news. Too bad I most likely won’t be going to any fucking games. Has anyone else ha no freaking luck getting single game tickets today?

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