Apr
23

Review: Mohegan Sun Sports Bar Seats at Yankee Stadium

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By A. Fan

As the byline implies, this is a guest post. For reasons we deemed reasonable, he wishes to remain anonymous.

I haven’t seen any reviews of the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar at Yankee Stadium so I thought I’d share my thoughts.

I attended Sunday’s game, which the Yankees won thanks to Jorge Posada’s disputed home run. I bought tickets online Friday night and had no problem getting seats.

The Mohegan Sun Sports Bar offers four rows of seats. I would guess the four rows contain approximately 125 seats.

This bar has received much criticism because it obstructs the bleacher seats on either side. Many have called for its dismantling after the season and even the Mohegan Sun has expressed its displeasure over the situation.

I have a different take, having watched a game there. I think the Yankees deserve praise for creating seats with a unique vantage point. The photos you’ve seen don’t do it justice. The seats offer a tremendous view of the field — dead on. You see the game pretty much as Brett Gardner does and as Mickey Mantle once did. If Mohegan Sun backs out of their deal, the Yankees should rename it the Batter’s Eye Sports Bar.

I hope the Yankees keep these unique seats intact and make some much-needed improvements (see below). I would prefer to see the Yankees remove the $5 obstructed bleacher seats to create a larger area for Monument Park.

What I Liked

Privacy: Unlike the pricey Legends seats across the field, the Mohegan seats offer privacy. Because you’re sitting inside behind one-way glass, you need not worry about being caught on TV if you’re playing hooky from work or other responsibilities.

Unique View: I already mentioned the unique view of the game these seats provide. Ross Sheingold of New Stadium Insider expressed concern about glare. I can report that there’s no glare. I sat there from about 12:15 to 4:30.

Seats: The seats are not fixed. You can move them around. There’s ample space between the seats so it’s not cramped. The artist renderings on the site show fixed seats. The Yankees should replace these with actual photos.

Food: You need not order from the bar’s menu. You can take a short walk to Lobel’s or any other concession and bring the food back to your seat.

Kids: Kids are welcome. That was nice to see.

Beer: The beer selection is excellent for a baseball stadium — Brooklyn Lager, Newcastle, and Hoegaarden to name a few. Plus my favorite lowbrow beer — Yuengling (much better than Bud or Pabst in my opinion).

Service: The servers are friendly and helpful. You can go to the bar on your own, which would not have been a hassle on Sunday, but if the bar becomes jammed (as I suspect it will for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night games), it’s nice to know that you can order from your seat.

Indoors: Attending a baseball game on a cold April or October night just isn’t as pleasant as attending during warm weather. For those of us who hate cold weather, it’s nice to have an indoor option. If the Yankees make the postseason, I’ll try to get tickets in the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar. Plus, what better place to wait out a rain delay?

Bathroom: Not only is it relatively clean, but there’s a full-time attendant so no one misbehaves and the supplies remain stocked.

What Needs Improvement

Menu: I have a fairly wide palette yet I found nothing appealing on the menu. Instead, I went to the concessions (two Nathan’s hot dogs and garlic fries). I realize the Yankees run their own food services operation, but they should swallow their pride and bring in some people who know how to create great bar food. I would vote for Rite On (PS 450, Vig 27, etc.), but there’s lots of talent out there. The current menu is an embarrassment. See for yourself (ed. note: PDF file).

Booze: I’d like to see frozen margaritas, especially once the hot weather arrives. Most frozen drinks are too girly for your typical baseball fan (i.e., male, 25-55 years old), but everyone likes frozen margs.

Sound: If you think the new stadium is quiet when you’re sitting outside, try sitting inside. You cannot hear anything, including the PA system. Unfortunately, the Yankees pipe in the radio broadcast. I would prefer the YES broadcast as I’m not a Suzyn Waldman fan (is anyone?).

TVs: The folks without seats in the upper bar area have TVs to view, but you cannot see these TVs from the seats. And of course, the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar resides below the scoreboard so you can’t see that either. Thus, you cannot watch instant replays. I suggest hanging a TV from the ceiling perpendicular to the seats so you can see important plays like Jorge’s disputed home run.

WiFi: I could not use the WiFi network. I found it, but it requires a login and offers no way to create an account.

AT&T: AT&T’s service was spotty. It worked, it didn’t work, it worked. When it worked, it was helpful to catch up on game details easily missed from way out in center field.

Other Thoughts

Price: Tickets cost $90. As a guy who believes in market forces, I can’t really offer an opinion. I had fun and felt I got my money’s worth. Most of the seats seemed empty (but you never know how many sold) so perhaps the Yankees will drop prices. However, these seats could become a big draw because of the unique view, the beer selection, and the waiter service. It would make for a great bachelor party and other events.

Casual Fans: Several people with seats sat down, ate a meal, watched an inning, and then disappeared for long stretches. Some never returned. I think these casual fans now exist in all corners of the new stadium. Unlike other fans, I don’t necessarily see this trend as a bad thing. It’s probably inevitable. Steve Wynn realized that Las Vegas could grow larger only by appealing to non-gamblers. The Yankees probably feel the same way about casual fans. And yes, these folks don’t cheer as loudly. That’s no reason to vilify them.

Conclusion

Don’t knock the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar until you’ve sat through a game there. I bet you’ll have a good time. Let’s hope the Yankees improve these already enjoyable seats.

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169 Comments»

  1. steve (different one) says:

    uh oh, a positive article about the stadium. don’t tell Ben!!

    i keed, i keed.

    • A.D. says:

      I think secretly Ben is the biggest pro new stadium person, he just drew the short straw of the 3 for having to write “other side” entries.

    • celerinosanchez says:

      went to yesterday’s game and sat in $325 seats behind first base. Place is beautiful. Couple of things I noticed; open space behind seating is nice, but there are also a lot of people hanging there. Some due to drizzle, some not. In old stadium, nobody hung under stands as a result all of the drunken angst was focused and projected onto the field. It seemed to me like this set up will diffuse it or at least the noise you usually hear. I didn’t like the sound system, it seemed more like background music. The speakers are behind you. They don’t have the towering stack in center field. There was no punch to Enter Sandman. I predict a massive center channel over the big HDTV. That thing is absolutely awesome. All in all, I already miss the old stadium. The game was the focus there. There is so much other stuff going on at the new place that I think it is going to lose that edge. They had fresh fruit stands for God’s sake! I mean I enjoy those weird peeled oranges they sell in traffic outside the stadium as much as the next guy but something about fresh fruit inside seemed wrong.

  2. Colin says:

    Menu doesn’t look too bad to me

    • Thomas says:

      I personally looked forward to trying the “Awesome grilled cheese brioche” with a name like that is has to be good.

    • steve (different one) says:

      i am also confused by that comment. “embarrassment”? it might not be your thing, but i saw some things on that menu that sound pretty awesome.

      • CountryClub says:

        I totally agree. The menu looks good to me.

      • chefychey says:

        I know this guy did not event try the food……just because you the writer only understands hots dogs and fries…which you can get their also…the menus was written for all types of people not just the hot dog lovers….the food menus hit from simple to upscale….like the lobster wrap…

  3. huuz says:

    excellent review!

    i’ll have to keep this in mind for a future stadium trip.

  4. AlexCT says:

    a few things. first of all, yuengling is not low brow beer. it is the best beer ever brewed. period. it sucks that i cant buy it in connecticut.

    i believe the the fear of glare being an issue wasn’t about interfering with the fan’s view. i believe it was about the hitters being distracted. most batter’s eyes are painted flat black, shiny glass could cause a problem. personally, i think the privacy issue is a joke, but maybe some people care.

    one more thing, i had the unfortunate chance to be at saturdays loss. i took the opportunity to walk around the whole stadium, so i walked over to the left field bleachers, sat in the very worst seat there, and was surprised. it wasn’t that bad. i could see the whole field except for right and a bit of center. first base was in clear view. the tv’s were totally useless as they are small and do not face the seat from the correct angle, but who cares. at worst, you can use your seat as a $5 standing room ticket. something that i thought was a huge black mark on the stadium turned out to be not much of a deal. plus, i’d love to get to sit in the restaurant some day, especially at $90 face value.

    • AlexCT says:

      oh yeah, and the repay issue is moot. they don’t show replays on the big screen either.

    • “it is the best beer ever brewed. ”

      I can name you roughly three dozen beers better than Yuengling, most by a landslide.

      • steve (different one) says:

        i can also assure you that my opinion is more factual than your opinion!!

        j/k. pretty funny argument.

        RED IS THE BEST COLOR EVER!! NO IT ISN’T, BLUE IS!!

        • Heh, yeah, I get ya. My dad hates my favorite beer ever (Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA).

          • AlexCT says:

            i don’t drink a lot of IPA’s but i do have one i love. its a little more drinkable than the 90 minute. its called Loose Cannon from Clipper City Brewing Co. i went to a beer tasting fund raiser in D.C. and it was easily the best beer there. one store near me now carries it. i’d definitely keep an eye out for it if you like dogfishhead. also the harpoon IPA is pretty good too.

          • Kilgore Trout says:

            Captain Lawrence Double IPA. Do it.

          • CT Yankee says:

            I Love Dogfish head both 90 and the cheaper 60 minute. Sublime beer.

            I also recommend Old Rasputin Imperial Stout (North Coast Brewing)

            I like Yuengling but PBR is probably the most undrinkable beer ever. IMHO

      • Mike W. says:

        I don’t know about the best beer ever brewed, but there is no way you could name three dozen beers that are better than Yuengling!

        • A.D. says:

          Well depends if its beer companies or beer versions, I mean someone could really like Sam Adams, and bam there’s a dozen beers.

        • Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
          Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
          Dogfish Head Raison D’etre
          Sam Adams Lager
          Sam Adams Boston Ale
          Sam Adams Winter Lager
          Sam Adams Oktoberfest
          Victory Hop Wallop
          Victory Hop Devil
          Victory Storm King
          Victory Old Horizontal
          Brooklyn Lager
          Brooklyn Brown Ale
          Brooklyn Imperial Stout
          Brooklyn East India Pale Ale
          Troegs Amber Ale
          Troegs Nugget Nectar
          Troegs Troegnanator
          Blue Point Toasted Lager
          Blue Point Hopnotical Illusion
          Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot
          Weyerbacher Insanity
          Weyerbacher Muse
          Weyerbacher Imperial Stout
          Magic Hat No. 9
          Magic Hat Fat Angel
          Magic Hat Lucky Kat
          Magic Hat Single Chair Ale
          Flying Dog Imperial Stout
          Saranac Adirondack Lager
          Saranac Brown Ale
          Saranac Black & Tan
          Hoegaarden
          Heineken
          Sierra Nevada
          Torpedo Extra IPA

        • JeffG says:

          Very good beers:
          Kaasteel Triple Ale
          Blue Bird Bitter
          Corsendonk Christmas Ale
          Trois Pistoles – Unibrau
          Erdinger Hefe Weizen
          La Coufe (several types)
          Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
          Tetleys
          Victory Ale
          Boddington’s
          Smuttynose Porter
          Delerium Nocturm (dark)
          and McSorley’s (dark)

      • Brian says:

        Right, but can you name three dozen widely-available American lagers that are better than Yuengling?

        • A.D. says:

          I dunno if Yuengling is all that widely available.

        • radnom says:

          Yeah, its not that available first of…certainly less widespread than Sam Adams lager, which kicks the pants of Yeungling.

          Yeungling is the best beer ever in the same way that The Fifth Element is the best movie ever. Yeah, its not the best movie ever, nor is it even a “good” movie by any reasonable standards….yet somehow it has a special place in your heart.

      • Brett says:

        Its all about natty light
        (or maybe thats solely a college thing)

        all about the crappy beers!!!!!!!

        • jsbrendog says:

          i was all for natty ice, beast ice, et all in colege. now i have a job and i can get drunk and actually enjoy myself on 4 or 5 deliciously awesome beers andnow that i have it it is actually worth the money. although i do more oftne than not have a pbr 12er handy..or a busch 30rack

          • usty says:

            Haha I agree. I always have a case of ice cold Bud Light bottles in the fridge as a beer snack. For tailgating/all day fests I still have no problem with 30’s of Busch Light either. When you’re drinking 15, watered down mass produced American beers are great.

        • Rob in CT says:

          That’s totally a college thing. I know, I remember (sorta).

          Once you’re gainfully employed, Natty/Beast will no longer cut it.

    • jsbrendog says:

      yeungling = so highly over rated

      • Brian says:

        You must be a Stella drinker… lol.

        • jsbrendog says:

          dont liek stella either, its like water. i like good beers. any type of blueberry beer, the troegenator as mentioned above, harpoon red ale hyperion i think it is called, and their gingerbred winter warmer is delightful, there a few lagunitas that are very good, hairy eyeball and censored ale for example, red hook makes a good blonde although it is a bit watery, i collect the bottles of beers i drink and have quite a ncie collection of delicious beers and cool looking labels. i also go to NY Brewfest on the seaport every yr because it is cheap (as compared to beer on the pier and brewtopia) and super awesome (and ive been going since its inception 3 or 4 yrs ago).

          i find yuengling is over rated and enjoyed by people who dont really have a wide experience with beers (not that there is anything wrong with that i am not a beer snob, ill dirnk a bud or pbr anytime). yuengling is just cheap (same price as a bud 12 pack of bottles) and i dont like the flavor or aftertaste. Now lord chesterfield is a brew of yuengling that is hard to find and i like.

      • BJ says:

        Yeah, but still, out of the widely available beers out there it isn’t that bad. Like it is a good, consistent product that is on a different level from Bud, Coors, and the rest of the crap out there. Personally I even slightly prefer it to Sam Adams, but those two are pretty much on the same level.

    • Brian says:

      Agreed about Yuengling. We get it here in Georgia as of October, and I haven’t been happier. I got hooked when I was in college in Philly.

      • jeremy says:

        No Anchor Steam fans on RAB? Steam brewing is the only brewing process indigenous to these United States, and Anchor Brewing Company is largely responsible for the popularity of microbrews in this here Republic.

    • Marsha says:

      I don’t even like beer but I recommend this article from the November issue of the New Yorker on Dogfish Head beer:

      http://www.newyorker.com/repor.....act_bilger

  5. JeffG says:

    I was at my first game of the year on Tuesday night. I picked up two tickets off stubhub for $22 each (lower level sec. 105). I found the stadium to be beautiful and so much more conveninet than the previous dump we played in.
    Don’t get me wrong, I loved the old stadium as home of a lot of good memories, but it was a poor facility and bad business on the Yanks part. My love for the Yanks is less about a buildinig than it is about the players and the greatness that happened between the lines.
    I still think fans can have a great time at the new place for a decent price. Seats are not that expensive, outside the mega 2k tickets that are there to take advantage of corp pocketbooks.
    For all those who want to bitch and moan about the team and their new revenue source I just ask you this: are you the same folk that think we need to sign ever super star free agent? My guess is the answer is yes, and personally I think that is a little unfair.

    • Oscar says:

      ” . . . the previous dump we played in.”

      Seriously, you’re referring to the OYS as a “dump”? Credibility fail.

      • JeffG says:

        Jesus dude read the whole thing – I loved the stadium but the facility itself was not that nice. As a building, it was not that beautiful and it was not run that well… that is all I am saying.
        My bigger hope is that fans stop moaning over the new stadium and get their asses in the seats.

        • Jeff, you are one pathetic loser… No offense.

          • JeffG says:

            None taken.

            • JeffG says:

              Especially from a guy that cried all offseason that he wanted us to sign Manny… really man I have no idea where you get off sometimes.
              – Ego the size of a stadium?

              • A) It was totally a joke and not at all me taking a position on your statement. The fact that you first got the joke and then complained about the joke is puzzling.
                B) My advocating for Manny Ramirez is utterly non-germane to this discussion.
                C) You mentioning my advocating for Manny Ramirez here is rather quixotic as I have also been a staunch supporter of the Yankees building a new stadium and raising ticket prices as I want them to continue generating the massive revenue streams to buy more Manny Ramirezes, so I’m totally not the fan you’re describing who wants free agents but complains about the new price hikes at the new stadium.
                D) Yes, I do have an ego the size of the new stadium, thank you for noticing.
                E) I was going to comment on “where I get off sometimes”, but it would have been rude and vulgar and would have gotten redacted, so let’s just let that one slide.

                • JeffG says:

                  …not even worth getting into other than I believed the loser statement was bit dick. You say it was a joke then fine. E. My bad.

                  The Manny point was a reflection of my belief that you were in the camp of those who 1) want to add big contracts (i.e Manny)and 2) want to wax poetic about the old stadium and criticize the new because of price points. C) Refutes that (if you are not being sarcastic).

                  I understand that logic 101 will stress that there is no difinitive correlation between those who argue for free agents and an advocacy or non-advocay of the new stadium…
                  That said, the simple statement I made above boils down to the old addage you can’t have your cake and eat it too. If you like the business model of being able to afford the players you like it makes it unfair to criticize the seats reserved for paying for those players.
                  - But I have to conceed I cannot paint everyone with that same stroke.

              • BJ says:

                ITUDSWHDT

    • I just want to point out that the quote below has become entirely too common.

      “For all those who want to bitch and moan about the team and their new revenue source I just ask you this: are you the same folk that think we need to sign ever super star free agent? My guess is the answer is yes, and personally I think that is a little unfair.”

      It’s like the definition of a straw-man argument. It must be stopped.

      Criticism of the stadium has NOTHING to do with whether someone wants the Yankees to sign free agents. The only reason you think there is a connection between those two things is because the thought popped into your head. And, to get a little law-schooly here, even if there was some connection between those two things, that statement still means nothing. But there isn’t a connection, so the point is moot. So just stop.

      • JeffG says:

        ” And, to get a little law-schooly here, even if there was some connection between those two things, that statement still means nothing. But there isn’t a connection, so the point is moot. So just stop.”
        - Was that law schooly? – was there any argument that you were making? Any support there? Answer no.

        If you can’t draw a connection between the teams ability to draw revenue and make a profit vs they money they can allocate to payroll then you are not too bright.

        • “If you can’t draw a connection between the teams ability to draw revenue and make a profit vs they money they can allocate to payroll then you are not too bright.”

          Ugh, I wish you hadn’t gone and done that.

          You said that you think the people who criticize the Stadium are ” the same folk that think we need to sign ever super star free agent.” You did not make a connection between stadium-revenue and the team’s payroll. Seeing as to how the Yankees had a higher payroll in 2008, in the old park, than they do in 2009, in the new park, that assertion is debatable. But, again, that isn’t what you said and it’s not what I argued against.

          The point of the one statement you responded to is that even if I stipulate that your completely unsupported assumption (that there is a connection between (a) people who criticize the stadium and (b) people who think the Yankees need to sign every super-star free agent on the market) is true, that statement/connection still doesn’t mean anything. You seem to be using that statement as a way to argue against people who criticize the new Stadium, but that’s an ad hominem attack and is not a proper response to such criticism. You could debate specific criticisms, that would be totally appropriate. But you’re making a generalized assumption, a completely unsupported generalized assumption, about the people making the criticism, and using that as your response. That’s bullshit, and the type of person who would make a statement like that probably isn’t too bright.

      • Moshe Mandel says:

        There is no connection between expectations about revenue and expectations about cost?

        • There is.

          But what Mondesi said was:

          “Criticism of the stadium has NOTHING to do with whether someone wants the Yankees to sign free agents.”

          There is a connection between Yankee revenue generated and Yankee expense incurred. But that connection does not mean that if you are in favor of the Yankees pursuing free agents you cannot possibly criticize the Stadium they actually built (or the contrapositive.)

          There’s a long list of variables in play that can and perhaps should be criticized.

          • Gracias. You’re better at the whole “using words” thing than I am.

          • Moshe Mandel says:

            Oh certainly. I just took Jeff’s point to be more that some of the same people who want the Yankees to spend insane amounts of money on players are criticizing the club on the ticket price and classism issues. Those individuals begrudge the Yankees for wanting to maximize revenues but also want them to continue the outlay of cash for free agents.

            • That’s not really what I took issue with. I do, however, think you’re over-simplifying the whole issue a bit. The Yankees had the highest payroll in baseball, by far, for years before opening the new Stadium. I don’t think there’s as clear a choice here between “maximizing revenue” and “outlaying cash for free agents” as you insinuate.

              • Moshe Mandel says:

                I dont think the point is whether there actually is a direct connection. I think that the Yankees have made a choice to put money back into the team that people have come to expect as a birthright. If the Yankees decided to drop their payroll to a number more commensurate to their percentage of league revenues, many fans would be displeased. When those fans complain about practices that maximize revenue, it seems to be an unfair imposition on the organization- just because they decided to have a certain revenue-cost margin in the past does not require them to maintain that margin. In fact, it would be bad business. In that sense, the team going forward has two options if it wants to increase profit margins- either increase revenues or cut costs. You cant ask them to do neither.

                • Look, I hear you. I don’t think this is a black or white issue, where one side is all right and one side is all wrong. I DO, however, think that it’s reasonable to understand the Yankees’ business interests and still be less than 100% satisfied with what they’ve done with the new stadium. I don’t think they had to build a stadium in which the better field level seats cost between $800-$2600 and the cheaper seats (i.e. the upper deck) are fewer and farther from the field of play, just to name a couple of gripes. Nobody’s asking the Yankees to, per your comment, make a choice between increasing revenues or cutting costs. I just think that’s an oversimplification (and, sorry, but it’s also a straw-man).

                • Moshe Mandel says:

                  It may very well be a straw-man. I’m just going forward with JeffG’s assumption that such people exist.

              • JeffG says:

                Moshe did seem to get my simple point… you have overcomplicated it in IMO. Direct correlations between revenue and how much the Steinbrenners will spend and the fans that want big ticket free agents and like/dislike the new stadium are impossible to prove… I generalized that I’m guessing there are a lot of people that want a 300 million dollar team but will argue against the stadium that will pay for it. That is it.

                Now you may say that we could have stayed in the old stadium and still have the superior team. That has been true. We could have this new stadium and spend less than we have in the past. That could be true too. But chances are that this stadium was built with the idea in mind that we are going to maximize our business model and take advantage of this market we live/play in. Argue what you will.

                • Ok. I kind of stated how I feel about the “revenue/costs” issue in my response to Moshe, above.

                  Before you start making assumptions and acting like they’re fact, point out a fan here at RAB, or elsewhere if you can, who has said “I don’t want the Yankees to try to make more money” and has also said “I want the Yankees to spend more money on free agents.” You’re trying to attack the credibility of those who criticize the new stadium by making an assumption about their opinions on other matters, and your assumption might not be as reasonable as you think. I don’t know ONE person who would make those statements. You also equate criticism of the stadium with an attack on the Yankees’ interest in making more money, and that’s just not true nor fair.

                  And, look, this is nothing personal. I love a good argument. But you might want to stay away from saying things like “if you don’t agree with my point you must not be very bright.”

                • JeffG says:

                  Absolutely hear you on the last point. Bad form on my part.
                  To the above argument, by no means was I saying that all criticism of the new stadium is invalid. For example, people that feel the obstructed view seats was a major fuck up on the team’s part – correctamundo.
                  The simple thing I was pointing out(above)If you like the business model of being able to afford the players you like it makes it unfair to criticize the seats reserved for paying for those players. Now I’ll conceed that there is no perfect correlation – but I do think you have to be naive (no offense)to think the escalating payrolls and our form of competition of the free agent market comes at no consequence. We can not play out of Fenway.
                  As far as me finding examples of people who would say: “I don’t want the Yankees to try to make more money” and has also said “I want the Yankees to spend more money on free agents.” – I think you are the one drawing assumptions here. Or at least reading into my statement a message that I did not intend. Personally, I don’t feel there are too many people out there that care what the Steinbrenners take in… I do however feel there are people that think we should have a 250 million dollar payroll and at the same time think seats behind home plate should not be 2 grand. – Not all people but a lot. There is where I find the hypocracy.

  6. J.R. says:

    I recently went to the A’s Redsox game (dice K got lit up, it was great), I bought cheap bleacher seats and just went to see some baseball. But the point is that there were huge reaches of the outfield that you cant see (granted it is the worst park in baseball). But you get what you pay for, and I bought a $12 bleacher ticket and had a great time.

    The whole “obstructed view” story seems entirely overblown and $5 are great.

    • I recently went to the A’s Redsox game… there were huge reaches of the outfield that you cant see (granted it is the worst park in baseball).

      Calling the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum “the worst park in baseball” is both a massive understatement and pretty damn unfair.

      It’s a crappy cookie-cutter multipurpose stadium designed primarily for football. And even the football team that plays in it hates it.

      You can’t compare the teams that play in football stadiums to the teams that play in baseball stadiums. Unfair penalization.

      • J.R. says:

        Well I can assert that the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum is in fact the worst place worst place venue for MLB currently used.

        • Agreed. But the fact that Oakland’s ballpark which was BUILT FOR FOOTBALL IN 1966 has funky, screwed up angles and obstructed views does not mean the Yankees should be given a pass for building a baseball-only stadium with funky, screwed up angles and obstructed views in 2009. The centerfield ballpark should have been built as a trapezoid. The fact that it’s square is a design blunder that has drawn the fans ire, and rightly so.

          The fact that Oakland’s ballpark is shitty should have spurred the Yankees to do more research to make sure they didn’t include any of the shitty design flaws from that dump by the Bay.

        • Yeah but you’d be wrong. Actually this is totally subjective, so it’s more fair if I say “I strongly feel that you’d be wrong.” Go see a game in the Metrodome or the Trop sometime, it’ll make you appreciate seeing a game in Oakland.

  7. JeffG says:

    Oh I’ve got an idea of how to fix the obstructed view bleacher seats near the sports bar as well:
    They should put the bullpens on the side of it… not parallel to the outfield wall but perpendicular. Where the bullpens are now can be used to make extra bleacher seats that you would loose.
    Obviously that would have to be done in the offseason as it involves major construction but it would be a better solution than the tv screens.

    • steve (different one) says:

      this is a very interesting idea.

      • It is an interesting idea. It’s also not at all likely to happen, because cutting up the massive concrete pourings of the bleachers and rejiggering all the structural work underneath + reconfiguring the actual bullpen space and the tunnels underneath the bleachers that connect to the clubhouses (I think that’s how they did it) and extending the field-level seats to fill the space where the bullpens currently are and all that jazz is a MASSIVE engineering undertaking.

        I’ve never done construction estimates but I wouldn’t be surprised if the cost to move both bullpens from a parallel to a perpendicular position is upwards of 100M. The team is already stretched to the limit of the bond market, I don’t see them dropping another 100M on a substantial park redesign like this anytime soon.

    • A.D. says:

      That makes a lot of sense.

    • Jamie says:

      problem i see with that is then the players in the bullpen get hosed when it comes to a crystal clear view to the field.. no?

      • JeffG says:

        The pen could still have a view of the field as the short side could but against the wall… you’d have more than enough space for the seated bp arms. Most of the BP space is for throwing and catching so it really doesn’t matter where that is. Also I think other stadiums have BP that don’t even have a view so some flat screens would probably work too.

  8. Gene says:

    Batter’s Eye is a great name for a centerfield restaurant, which is why it is already taken by Tropicana Field. We don’t want the Yankees copying from that awful stadium, do we?

  9. pounder says:

    I have several comments after my first game.

    1) Too much booze available,and seemingly no cut off inning.This will become a problem.

    2) They need to get rid of the stairways.If a person stops on the way down during the exodus at games end,or if a drunk fan spews or gets beligerant(see #1) there will be problems.Go back to the ramps or more escalators.

    3) All fans seem to end up further away from the subway stations exiting the game, creating a massive jam at the subway stairwells as well as at the subway turnstiles.Especially so if one has to navagate his way to the ticket box.

    However,you couldn’t have built a better ballpark.And one HUGE compliment is that the food servers and stadium employees were very helpful and most courteous to the fans,and that goes a long way towards enjoying the game.

    • A.D. says:

      Just on comment #1, they stop serving after the last person on line at the end of the 7th inning, and there do appear to be plenty of beer stations, which is excellent.

      • pounder says:

        I think I saw people being served in the eight inning,emphasis on I think I did.Did not seem to be a problem that night.

    • AlexCT says:

      the subway getting to the game is always a mess.

      about the ramps, oh my god. i have 400 level grandstant seats last saturday and i think it took 20 minutes to walk up, i thought it was never going to end, it must have been 10 or 12 ramps to walk up. i have field level seat for the sox next monday so i’ll get a bit of a break there.

      • A.D. says:

        Best way to avoid the subway issue, is go kill a few at one of the Yankee bars, wait for the crowd to die down.

        The Subway is always a mess after games, no matter how people funnel out.

        • pounder says:

          I think that the old park,provided a quicker’getaway’as it was situated closer to the exits at the bleachers,thus easing the jam at the station.Minimal perhaps,but the new park seems to deposit fans out further away from the stations,and after the slow exit from your seat to the outside,it gets real crowded,at street level as well as the subway stairwell.

    • Kilgore Trout says:

      On Sunday and Tuesday they stopped serving beer in the beginning of bottom7.

  10. A.D. says:

    Menu looks pretty interesting to me, but I can agree with the writer’s feelings that it isn’t really what you expect for “bar food”. It would remind me more of a NY restaurant going with the bar feel while still being trendy.

  11. A.D. says:

    Privacy: Unlike the pricey Legends seats across the field, the Mohegan seats offer privacy. Because you’re sitting inside behind one-way glass, you need not worry about being caught on TV if you’re playing hooky from work or other responsibilities.

    I enjoyed this reasoning, until the game you go to is the ESPN special on behind the scenes, the Mohegan Sun bar.

  12. MattG says:

    Since when do you let Hal Steinbrenner post on RAB?

  13. jsbrendog says:

    menu looks interesting although i wish it was any type of chipsother than salt and vinegar chips. they are probably the only type i do not like. are they really that popular?

  14. Ace says:

    How much are the tickets that are outside and directly above the seats in this writeup?

  15. Tony says:

    Redacted by RAB. Quit your petty personal attacks, or you’re gone.

  16. manimal says:

    It is right infront of you when you walk through gate 8. It was pretty cool. You can’t use cameras which was stupid since its one of the best views of the stadium.

    • YF says:

      It’s not stupid at all.

      You’re in the batters eye, and it’s dark inside. So if you forget to manually turn your flash off when you take your picture (usually taken during a pitch), the batter will see a flash.

  17. Tony says:

    Fine. To put it in nicer words, this post does nothing for me. It is one persons view on expensive indoor seats that are obstructing the cheap seats view. It is just another example of the Yankees catering to the rich. Who needs privacy when going to a baseball game? Who needs a waiter catering to them during a baseball game? This is not a petty personal attack, this is how A LOT of fans feel about the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar, especially the ones that sit in the bleachers.

    • jsbrendog says:

      ^ reason reviews like this has to be anonymous it seems.

      you dont like it, dont read it. if it really grinds your gears go pick a fight with someone in the mohegan sun club next game.

      • Tony says:

        I guess your right. I’m not trying to pick a fight though, I’m just letting my displeasure known.

        • It is just another example of the Yankees catering to the rich.

          Your “displeasure” is patently ridiculous and needlessly sensationalist.

          The Yankees didn’t build a centerfield restaurant because they love the rich, the Yankees built a centerfield restaurant because they can’t put bleacher seats in the batter’s eye. That’s why every stadium built now has a centerfield restaurant (or an empty void.)

          Moreover, the Yankees constructing the restaurant in a way that obstructs the view of the bleacher seats is regrettable. It’s most likely NOT INTENTIONAL, though, as they’ve been getting a ton of bad publicity about it (and nobody likes bad publicity.) It’s certainly not at all “catering to the rich”. It’s just a regrettable oversight that they probably would have fixed had they caught it earlier.

      • Tony says:

        You know what really grinds my gears? You America, F*** You.

      • timrandle says:

        i guess i’m not a true baseball fan, but for the last 10 years we’ve hit at least one new major league stadium and try to also get a new minor league stadium. we have minor league season tickets. i love baseball, but i still can’t figure out what ops is. and i’m not rich.

        we went to tampa and got tix on their club level. free food, free beer, leather seats, seatside service for drinks.

        it was fan-frickin-tastic. probably the best baseball game i’ve ever gone to–not the best baseball i’ve ever seen, the yanks got toasted (i think randy johnson was pitching…it was ugly).

        shrimp scampi, free beer, leather seats, everybody around me was ‘from’ florida, but had a long island accent.

        yeah, you certainly dont want fans like me blowing (what i consider) to be a ton of money on my once a year extravaganza.

        …and wtf is uzr?

    • A.D. says:

      Its not that people “need” these things, its that some people want them, or just enjoy having them. Thats why its an option, they didn’t triple price of bleacher seats & then provide waiter service, they left that alone, they added the feature of a CF bar to allow other fans to pay for it if they were something they were interested in.

      • Tony says:

        They did sacrifice the views of some of the bleacher seats for this CF bar though. If it didn’t obstruct the views of some of those bleacher seats you would be making a good point.

        • jsbrendog says:

          when i went to wrigley i got 40$ seats and could not see the 3b or lilly as he finished his delivery or the batter because of a giant pole. and the game was awesome.

          THEYRE $5 DOLLARS!!

        • YF says:

          But they also made the LF bleachers as good as the RF bleachers. So even if they removed the benches from the 2 sections on either side of the Cafe, you would still have more great bleacher seats in NYS than just the RF side of RYS.

  18. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Ortiz please shut up:

    “This is a guy, as good as he is, the next step for him will be to earn respect from everybody in the league. He’s not a bad guy, but when things like that happen, people get the wrong idea.”

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/04.....165712.htm

    ——————

    the only respect that Joba needs to earn is from his teammates.

    • jsbrendog says:

      Joba to David Ortiz:

      “don’t forget to remind Beckett that Abreu isnt a yankee anymore you fat hypocrite washed up turd”

  19. Yankeegirl49 says:

    I went over the the Mohegan during the workout day and found it very nice, for those that want that atmosphere.
    I couldnt see myself sitting in there watching a game, tho I do agree the view is great. To me, part of the fun is being with the crowd and hearing the yelling, cheering booing etc.
    If someone offered me a ticket in there for a game, sure I would go, but I wouldnt specifically look to buy one.

  20. A.D. says:

    Interesting about the Mohegan Sun bar, pretty much if they didn’t build it there would be nothing there, thus dead space, 0 dollars in revenue. Instead in tickets alone (presumably quite a few concessions sold) they’ve been able to turn into north 900K in revenue. Which is BG & Joba’s salaries with some left over this year, not too shabby.

  21. Jim says:

    Where can you buy Mohegan Tickets? I tried when tickets went on sale to the public, but when I called the stadium they said they were not for sale to the public. Kinda confussed with this whole club thing because now their offering me a chance to buy 12 entries into the club for 150 bucks, but thats already after they sold me season tix. Can you buy single game tix to this?

    Thx

  22. Marsha says:

    I am surprised no one has objected to the piping in of the radio broadcast. John Sterling would be enough to keep me out. I don’t understand why there has to be anything piped in, either radio or TV. You’re watching the game, you can see what’s happening for yourself. So if you miss a controversial call now and then, so be it. The point of going to the stadium is to watch the game on the field, not watch it on TV or listen to it on the radio.

  23. dkidd says:

    i will never understand the theory that a baseball stadium needs to offer “experiences” other than a baseball game. i support having play areas/pools/arcades whatever to keep young children occupied, but if their parents are bored by baseball, maybe they shouldn’t attend a baseball game? the vegas example doesn’t work. if you’re taking a family vacation in vegas (not really advisable, but whatever) of course you want a variety of diversions. a baseball game lasts 3 hours.

    • jeremy says:

      Last night while watching the Mets game, Kevin Burkhardt did a segment from the right field seats about how the new Busch Stadoium offers very little in the way of “distractions”. Standard ballpark food, characterized as hot dogs, nachos, beer, and some other concessions, but little in the way of specialty. He also mentioned how the Cardinal faithful were content, and in fact enthusiastic about sitting in their seats and intently watching the game. During the entire segment, the chatter and hum of the crowd, the business of watching both the game in action and the game at rest, was palpable. I found myself rather envious.

      P.S. Like the new place, not waxing poetic about the old one, but the atmosphere at Busch was rather endearing in that moment. St. Louis has always been a spectacular baseball town.

  24. manimal says:

    3 hours before a game?! They didnt even start BP when I went in.

  25. GZA says:

    Suzyn Waldman > Michael Kay.

  26. wandy says:

    Does one have to be a member to get tickets??

  27. sherlock chromez says:

    i was chosen out of random from the upper deck along with four others to get to sit in the mohegan sun sports bar. They gave us the best seats in the house (front row, center) and it was the best day ever. i was on the jumbotron and errythang

  28. bachata says:

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