Yankees announce new amenities and concessions at Yankee Stadium

Open Thread: 3/26 Camp Notes
Bullpen beginning to take shape in final days of Spring Training

Just a heads up, earlier today the Yankees announced a bunch of new amenities and concessions will be available at Yankee Stadium this summer. All the details are right here. The build your own nachos stand sounds relevant to my interests. Oh, and no, the beer selection has not improved all that much. Better than nothing, I guess.

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Open Thread: 3/26 Camp Notes
Bullpen beginning to take shape in final days of Spring Training
  • BrianMcCannon

    Crappy beer selection? Cashman failed.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I’m already preemptively feeling let down by and regretting the stuffed burger, although I’m a sucker for someone telling me they glazed wings in some brand of alcohol.

    It wouldn’t even be that hard to throw folks a bone with the beer selection. There’s actually a Bronx Brewery with a decent pale ale. Captain Lawrence is only slightly upstate.

    Meanwhile, Citifield’s now using Lafrieda meat on EVERYTHING. The discrepancy between the two stadiums concession-wise is just laughable.

    • Pinkie Pie

      If only the Mets organization put as much care into their team as they do into their burgers. Then maybe they wouldn’t be stuck in this rut of mediocrity.

      I know that’s not how it really works but still….

      • I’m One

        Hey, they need something to attract people to the stadium and it certainly isn’t the on-field product.

        • Mandy Stankiewicz

          Blue smoke keeps me coming back in citi’s center field.

  • http://twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec109

    Build your own nachos and nachos in a helmet are cool, I’ll def try that. The cheddar and bacon stuffed burger also sounds good…but it’s far from my seats. Although all those calories it’s probably better that I’ll have to trek my fat ass up and down to the 300s, haha.

  • Eselquetodolosabe

    Mike, any word whether stadium concessions are offering ‘quick credit approvals’ for purchases ? As in; 4 beers, 4 dogs, 2 nachos, 2 pretzels, and of course, 4 crown shots = pricey as sh…..

    • Betty Lizard

      It’s not the cost of the nachos. It’s the 1299 miles.

      If I ever get to new Yankee Stadium I’ll be too excited to eat.

      • Havok9120

        Same here. I’m over two thousand miles away.

      • RetroRob

        I mean, if you were 1300 miles away I’d understand. Begin your trek now!

  • http://twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec109

    Also, agreed with the beer selections…do we need to start a YankeesFansForBetterBeer.com movement?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      The actual Beers of the World stand, and not the little carts and kiosks around the stadium with the Czechvar and whatnot, have a passable selection.

      NYC has so many small breweries, and there’s so much access to good beer up and down the coast, that I cannot explain the crap selection for the life of me. Citifield has a working relationship with Brooklyn Brewery. The Yanks can easily do this. The issue, of course, probably involves craft beer not being run by massive companies.

      There’s that Parm stand in the Great Hall, though. That shows they’ve worked with the little man before.

      • http://twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec109

        I haven’t been…but Bronx Brewery has been getting a lot of pub recently…and not just in beer circles…anyone else hear that Chase Bank commercial?

        Aaaaaaaaanyways…isn’t that like an obvious partnership right there?

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          It’s very good. I don’t know what else they’ve got, but the pale ale is excellent.

          Haven’t heard the commercial.

          It’s a ridiculously easy connection to make, and they won’t make it.

          • http://twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec109

            haha, totally…it’s like a partnership begging to happen and they’ll just ignore it.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              They’re not traded on the NYSE.

              • http://twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec109

                upvote, haha.

    • .zip file

      They have Guinness. I’m good.

  • ClayDavis

    PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA….YES! In NYC you can’t beat that stuff. Thank you Yankees.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I’d rather they just have stuck with Famiglia, and I think Famiglia is glorified cafeteria pizza.

    • Wheels

      Who are they replacing, Sbarro? lol

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Famiglia, that at least has roots as a cheap slice joint in NYC.

        • Wheels

          That’s a shame then. Just say no to corporate pizza

  • forensic

    Personally, I don’t get too up in arms about concessions selections and what not. I’m there to watch a baseball game, not necessarily to have access to whatever food or drinks I want instead of the game.

    Just have the regular stuff and have it close enough to all seating sections and I’d be pretty much fine.

    • ClayDavis

      That’s right. Just give me a pot of coffee and I’m alright.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I wouldn’t trust YS3 with that either.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I actually do enjoy a signature item, or just some solid food, at a ballpark. Citifield has great food. I had a great crab roll and garlic fries at AT&T Park. It’s part of the experience to me.

      • OB/GYN Kenobi

        This.

        I always wonder, when I hear people say they don’t care about the food, whether they’ve ever been to a ballpark or other unexpected place and been happily surprised by the food. It really makes a big difference to me.

        One of the nice things to me about going to lots of games (something I want to get back to) is aimlessly roaming the stadium to see what I can find.

        • OB/GYN Kenobi

          To be clear, I’m not a guy who doesn’t watch or pay attention to the game. Aimless wandering is a dog days of summer type thing. Or a blow out loss type thing.

    • losealot101

      AMEN!!! to that

    • Wheels

      A hot dog, beer, some peanuts later on. I’m good

    • vicki

      bud light and a nathan’s, thanks. anything else is unamerican.

      • OB/GYN Kenobi

        Racist ;)

  • Yankeefan91

    i didn’t even know they had all those choices of beers at the stadium i sure do love a cold Presidente beer since that beer comes from my country.

    • Jimmy

      Probably not served as ice-cold as it is in the DR though.

  • Yankeefan91

    i love the garlic fries at yankee stadium other i prefer the food at citi field. its pretty embarrassing the richest team in baseball has such poor options of food and ridiculous prices good thing theres a mcdonalds across the street.

  • http://twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec109

    Also, I know it’s not Shake Shack, but bring in 5 Guys! They Yankees love money, and they must know that SS at Citi is like studio 54 in the 70s…with people waiting to get in for a bite.

    • Yankeefan91

      ive been to citi field at least 30 sumthing times since its open and ive never had the chance to eat there because the lines be ridiculous all game long.

      • Preston

        I’d rather eat Shake Shack than watch the Mets…

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Five Guys has closed several NYC locations, though. My thought was always that they expanded too quickly, much like Quizno’s and Krispy Kreme did. I’m just not a fan.

      If they were looking for a Shack alternative and wanted to stay corporate, they could actually do worse than Smashburger.

      I had a burger at the Barclays a couple of weeks back that was unfathomably bad.

      I have some friends with access to a Citifield luxury suite a few times a year, so I get to avoid the lines mostly but, yeah, I’ve definitely stood in them before.

    • Wheels

      Mick Jagger and Grace Jones are hanging out at Shake Shack?

      • TWTR

        During the Olympics, the Daily Show did a thing outside a Shake Shack in Moscow. In light of recent events, I have wondered if Putin is putting that at risk, and if so, is he freakin’ nuts?

        • Wheels

          Probably, and yes. Not to get into geopolitics here or anything

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            A double shack burger with cheese should rise above all political issues.

    • Brian in MA

      mmmm…the SS at not-Shea Stadium was awesome!

    • OB/GYN Kenobi

      SS gives me the worst indigestion. Every. Single. Time.

      There’s a 5 Guys not far from me. I like to take the kids there. Short lines if any. Yum.

  • Mister D

    I wish there were a way to measure what percentage of fans don’t drink (inside) because the options aren’t even “meh”, they’re just downright awful.

    • OB/GYN Kenobi

      My issue is that I like cold beer in GLASS, and that’s pretty near impossible to find these days inside a ballpark.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Someone’s got to wash those glasses and/or clean up the shards of glass on the ground. :)

  • Brian in MA

    I went to my first YS3 game ever last summer, and the food options didn’t inspire me all that much. The addition of a Taco/Empanada cart is intriguing, because empanadas are the shit.

    Again, the beer list is, lamentable. I know you probably have to have the Budweisers of the world there, for but the un-educated beer drinker and to appease the advertising overlords. But there have got to be some great breweries in the NY metro area (all i know is Brooklyn) that they partner with.

    • OB/GYN Kenobi

      Agreed. Sort of sad about the brews.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      There are MANY.

      Forgot about the “empanada cart.” Yeah, intriguing. Maybe they’ll start something with Ruben’s Empanadas.

      • Brian in MA

        yeah i figured there were many, its freaking NYC. I don’t go to NY that often so I guess it doesn’t concern me that much. But it just doesn’t make any sense to me. You want young people to go to baseball games, give them the beers they want.

    • Mister D

      What I’ve had of the Bronx Brewery hasn’t been great but it seems like a natural pairing.

  • Section8

    As if it wasn’t clear before, Papa John’s shows that the Yankees are not a franchise run for New Yorkers by New Yorkers. They run the business like a tourist attraction. Let’s just hope for the sake of us Yankee fans they are smart enough to put a winning product on the field into the future, but beyond that, their choices are downright awful.

    Like the quality of the Mets radio broadcast vs ours, one would think the food at CitiField would embarrass the Yankees into improvements, but they seem to have no clue. As a season ticket-holder, it’s incredibly frustrating.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Other than the Parm cart and Lobel’s, I can’t think of a single Yankee concession that’s not run by a large, national operation. The “little guy” isn’t in there.

      Barclays appears to have a “food court” of local names but, while it’s the right name on the concessions, it’s often at twice the price and half the quality of what you get at the actual real locations of these businesses. The L&B Spumoni Gardens slice at Barclays looks the part, but tastes nothing like the real thing. I’m actually surprised they’re doing business with some actual pretty small operations, though, like Brooklyn Bangers.

      Whole Foods, a pretty big corporation in its own right, has opened little locations of the popular Smorgasburg markets inside some of its NYC markets. Can you imagine the line for a ramen burger at YS3? So easy to upgrade this stuff.

      • Section8

        Personally, don’t care about the “little guy” so much…whole foods and shake shack certainly are not that…just good. Like you said, not that hard.

        But like Barclays has at least attempted, support for the Bronx would be nice. Papa John’s so close to Arthur Avenue is a sacrilege

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          The issue is that the little guy’s making the best food in NYC, not Papa John’s and Brother Jimmy’s and Moe’s Southwest Grill.

          Mike’s of Arthur Ave. had a presence at the stadium, but moved out after one season at YS3, I believe. I thought that was an ideal business to have there. Sad. Solid eggplant parm. Parm only does a meatball parm, I believe.

  • MB923

    Roster cuts:

    Yankees cuts: Claiborne, Almonte, Miller, Herndon, Tateyama, Sizemore, Canzler, Lewis, Leroux.

  • Eric

    The one time I went to Citi Field it took forever to get a knish

  • Dick M

    My latest beer fave is Goose Island. Not gonna get that at YS.

    YS food should be better. I’d agree that it’s way too corporate.

    The pre-game line at SS Citi Field is pretty bad. I would say the burger is good, a lot like 5 Guys, but in the end a little over-rated. I’m a lettuce and tomato on my burger guy, and SS and 5 Guys tend to fall short in that area.

    Now the In-n-out on Sepulveda around the corner from LA-X …… the best of its kind.

    • Dick M

      Wait ……………. they have the Goose. That’s some fine beer guys!!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      You can absolutely get a Goose Island IPA at Beers of the World.

      • Dick M

        I like the Honker’s Ale best. According to the link there will actually be 2 Goose Island stands.

        Although getting back to the corporate theme …… the Goose was bought by Bud which is probably the only reason why it is there.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I love the Matilda. One of my favorite reasonably priced beers on this earth. The Sofia’s not bad either.

          Maybe we should be sticking to beer talk….. :)

          • Dick M

            I hear what you’re saying. We have irreconcilable differences as far as this front office is concerned. But the beer is clearly common ground.

            I’ve heard of the Matilda. Not sure I’ve ever seen it in CT tho.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Where in CT? There are some very good beer shops in the New Haven vicinity.

              • Dick M

                Glastonbury. Never seen the Matilda up this way.

  • Eric

    It took forever to get a knish the one time I was at Citi Field