Yankee Stadium in New York

Guide to visiting Yankee Stadium for the first time

Every baseball season the legacy, history and sense of tradition inspires fans from around the world to make plans for visiting Yankee Stadium for the first time.

One of the most iconic sports venues in the world, Yankee Stadium is home to the New York Yankees, one of the most successful franchises in sports history.

Founded in 1901, the Yankees have won a record 27 World Series championships—more than any other major league baseball club.

Some of the greatest baseball players of all time have played for the New York Yankees. They include: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera.

Quick facts about Yankee Stadium

  • 1 E 161 St, Bronx, NY 10451, USA
  • The current edition of Yankee Stadium was built in 2009
  • Yankee Stadium has a seating capacity of 46,537
  • A 138-foot-long Louisville Slugger baseball bat sculpture stands outside the stadium to commemorate the most revered Yankee of them all, Babe Ruth
  • The main entrance to Yankee Stadium is called The Great Hall. This open-air concourse with high ceilings boasts historical displays about the Yankees
  • Beyond the center-field wall is Monument Park, where there are plaques, monuments, and jerseys honoring Yankees legends
  • New York Yankees schedule and tickets

Where to sit

Need help deciding on what seats to purchase for your baseball road trip to a Yankee Stadium game? Here are a few ideas:

  • Most affordable ticket: Standing Room Only tickets. If you want a cheap seat, the upper level Grandstand is your most affordable option. Cheapest day to buy tickets? Mondays to Thursdays are generally less expensive than Friday to Sunday games.
  • Catch-a-home-run ticket: The bleacher seats in right field (Sections 203-204). They stretch from right field to left center.
  • Avoid the sun ticket: Main level, third base side (Sections 112-128) typically provide the most shade at the New York Yankees’ baseball stadium.
  • Splurge: Legends Seats. First few rows behind home plate and along baselines.

When to buy tickets when visiting Yankee Stadium for the first time

If you’re planning to see a game at Yankee Stadium in New York, you’re going to the mecca of baseball in the United States of America. Therefore we can’t emphasize this enough: buy your tickets well in advance of your excursion, especially if they are playing long-time rival, the Boston Red Sox. To purchase tickets visit the New York Yankees website or use a reseller like Stubhub.

A tour and a cool experience at Yankee Stadium

Pregame Tour: Visiting Yankee Stadium wouldn’t be complete without a tour.

The Pregame Tour of Yankee Stadium only takes place prior to Yankee home games. Note: this tour is only available for purchase if you have a valid New York Yankees game ticket for the date of the selected tour.

On this guided tour you get access to the park prior to the gates opening to the public. You’ll hear stories about and learn about the history of both Yankee Stadium and the New York Yankees. Tour stops include the New York Yankees Museum, Monument Park and Section 105 where you get to view batting practice–don’t forget your glove!

Hands on History experience: Avid baseball fans will find the Hands on History experience especially exciting. It gives you the opportunity to hold and take pictures with historic New York Yankees artifacts. Items like Babe Ruth’s bat, Mickey Mantle’s glove, Derek Jeter’s jersey and various World Series rings. Very cool.

Don’t miss the New York Yankees Museum

Whether you’re a longtime Yankees fan or just an avid follower of the game, checking out the New York Yankees Museum should be included in your plans when visiting Yankee Stadium for the first time.

The museum is located inside the stadium on the Main Level, near section 210.

It is home to items such as authentic World Series trophies, championship rings from every Yankees championship dating back to 1923, over 800 autographed baseballs, and displays featuring jerseys worn by Yankee all-time greats.

There’s even the locker of Thurman Munson, who died tragically in a mid-season plane crash back in 1979.

Entry to the New York Yankees Museum is free for game-day guests with a valid game ticket. If you take a Pregame Tour of the New York Yankees baseball stadium, a stop at the museum is included in the tour.

Note: The museum is only open during Yankee home games. The doors open 90 minutes before first pitch and close at the end of the 8th inning.

Include Monument Park when visiting Yankee Stadium for the first time

On the other side of the centerfield wall in Yankee Stadium is Monument Park.

Here you’ll find a series of plaques and monuments commemorating the greatest names in Yankees’ history. Players include Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and more. No other team in major league baseball has more retired numbers than the New York Yankees.

During a visit to Monument Park, you can’t help but feel a sense of regality for the New York Yankees and the legendary names that played for them.

Entry to Monument Park is free for game-day guests with a valid game ticket. If you take a Pregame Tour of Yankee Stadium, a stop at the park is included in the tour. Monument Park closes 45 minutes prior to first pitch of each Yankees home game.

Hotel recommendations for your first game at Yankee Stadium

There are a number of hotel accommodations to review when planning your visit to a game at Yankees Stadium in New York. Some of the suggestions we have are within walking distance of the field and others are a short subway ride away.

Within walking distance. Opera House Hotel (4.5/5 on TripAdvisor): Situated in the South Bronx, this hotel is set in an historic building and features comfortable accommodations.

Less than a mile away. Courtyard by Marriott New York Bronx: (4/5 on TripAdvisor) Offers modern amenities, comfortable rooms, and easy access to the subway for exploring other parts of New York City.

Great views. Edge Hotel (4/5 on TripAdvisor): Located in Washington Heights: a short subway ride away from Yankee Stadium. Offers modern rooms and beautiful views of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge.

Short ride in. Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton New York Bronx Terminal Market (4.5/5 on TripAdvisor): Located near the Bronx Terminal Market. Comfortably appointed rooms. It’s a short drive or subway ride to Yankee Stadium.

Prefer boutique-style? The Bronx Guest House (4.5/5 on TripAdvisor): A hotel with a more intimate atmosphere. Uniquely decorated rooms.

Head to Harlem. Aloft Harlem (4/5 on TripAdvisor): Ideal if you prefer a stylish, contemporary stay. Located in the historic Harlem neighborhood. Short subway ride to the stadium.

Seeing more than one game? Residence Inn by Marriott New York The Bronx at Metro Center Atrium (5/5 on TripAdvisor): An extended-stay hotel situated in the Bronx. Spacious suites with kitchenettes to help save on the cost of meals if you’re planning a multi-game baseball trip.

Plan to arrive a few hours before game time

For a game at Yankee Stadium the gates usually open 2 hours before the first pitch. There are a few reasons why you may want to plan to be there at this time.

  • Batting Practice: more on this below in the next section.
  • New York Yankees Museum: doors open 90 minutes before first pitch and close at the end of the 8th inning.
  • Monument Park: park opens when the ballpark gates open. Park closes 45 minutes prior to first pitch.
  • Pregame Tour: only takes place prior to the game.
  • Hands on History Experience: only takes place prior to the game.
  • Giveaways and Promotions: if the New York Yankees are having a game day promotion like a bobblehead or baseball cap giveaway, you should get down to your first game at Yankee Stadium as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance of getting the item.

What time is batting practice?

If you would like to watch batting practice when visiting Yankee Stadium for the first time plan to arrive at the ballpark right when it opens, typically 2 hours before game time.

As the home team, the New York Yankees usually take batting practice 3 to 4 hours before the game. Therefore, if you do attend batting practice it will most likely be the visiting team that you see.

Note: the timing of when batting practice will take place can change depending on the start time of a game at Yankee Stadium and whether it is a day or nighttime battle. To be sure of when batting practice will take place give the stadium a call before you head over to the ballpark.

Best selfie spots to hit when visiting Yankee Stadium for the first time

With the New York Yankees being such a historic major league baseball franchise and Yankee Stadium being such an iconic ballpark, there are a multitude of selfie-worthy locations for pictures. Here are a few of our favorite suggestions to add to your first-game-at-Yankee-Stadium experience:

  • Outside the main entrance: with its iconic look, the front entrance to Yankee Stadium is a fantastic selfie spot.
  • Outside with the statues in Heritage Park: take a pic beside the statues of legendary Yankees Mickey Mantle and Joe Dimaggio.
  • The majestic Great Hall: there’s no grander setting for a picture at Yankee Stadium than the inside entry area known as The Grand Hall.
  • Center Field bleachers: take a selfie here with the field and the stadium’s icon façade in the background.
  • World Series Trophies, Babe Ruth’s Bat, Mickey Mantle’s Glove: Selfies with all of these items are possible when you visit the New York Yankees Museum located in the stadium.
  • Monument Park: take a picture beside one of the many plaques honoring past Yankee greats.

Best places for autographs

Getting the autograph of a New York Yankees player makes for a memorable moment when its your first game at Yankee Stadium. To help make that dream happen, here are a few locations you should hang out at the ballpark.

  • Batting practice: make your way down to the seating area that’s at field level.
  • Along the foul lines: prior to game time players tend to walk down the edge of the field when they are coming and going to the field to warm up or field balls during batting practice.
  • Near the dugout: if you get lucky, a player may stop and sign an autograph before the head out of or into the dugout.

4 ballpark foods you gotta try when visiting Yankee Stadium for the first time

  • Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs: Classic dawg of New York. Created over 100 years ago in Coney Island, these 100% beef dogs are still made following the original recipe.
  • Soft Pretzels: Another long-time, New York street food favourite. Don’t forget the mustard.
  • Bacon on a Stick: A thick-cut strip of bacon cooked to perfection. There’s never a bad time for bacon!
  • Pinstripe Pilsner: A locally brewed beer that pairs well with ballpark snacks.

Where to get unique New York Yankees souvenirs

Complete your first time visiting Yankee Stadium by including souvenir shopping at the Yankees Team Store.

Located at 1 E 161 Street in the Bronx, the Yankees Team Store is a treasure trove of New York Yankees keepsakes:

  • Game-Used Memorabilia: baseballs, bats, and other equipment used in actual Yankees games.
  • Yankees Caps: including special edition and unique designs that may not be available elsewhere.
  • Commemorative Baseballs: collectible baseballs marking special occasions, milestones, or historic moments in Yankees history.
  • Stadium-exclusive Items: such as limited-edition merchandise and collectibles that you can only find at Yankee Stadium.
  • Yankees Collectible Pins: featuring Yankees logos, players, and designs.
  • Autographed Memorabilia: autographed items such as baseballs, photos, and jerseys signed by current and former Yankees players.

4 restaurant recommends near Yankee Stadium

If all that ballpark grub wasn’t enough to satisfy your appetite here are a few restaurants to try after visiting Yankee Stadium for the first time.

Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant: Located in the Bronx’s Little Italy, Giovanni’s offers a taste of authentic Italian cuisine and a cozy atmosphere reminiscent of an Italian trattoria.

Xochimilco Family Restaurant: This Mexican restaurant offers a variety of Mexican dishes, including tacos, enchiladas, and burritos.

La Casa Del Mofongo: A taste of the Caribbean right in the Bronx. Known for its mofongo, a traditional Dominican dish made with fried green plantains mashed with garlic and other ingredients. The restaurant’s lively ambiance and authentic Dominican cuisine make it a unique dining experience.

Pio Pio: This Peruvian restaurant is known for its delicious rotisserie chicken and the famous green sauce.

Sports bar recommendations to toast your first game at Yankee Stadium

What better way to celebrate having visited Yankee Stadium for the first time than by having a pint at an authentic New York sports bar. Here are four great spots where you can raise a glass to crossing off your latest bucket list item.

Yankee Tavern: a historic sports bar and restaurant with ties to the New York Yankees dating back to the early 1900s. The restaurant is known for its baseball memorabilia, including photos and autographs.

Stan’s Sports Bar: Known for its close proximity to the New York Yankees baseball stadium and its outdoor seating area, where fans gather to enjoy drinks and food before heading to the game.

Billy’s Sports Bar: Within walking distance of Yankee Stadium, it has an extensive beer selection, multiple large screens, and sports memorabilia.

Dugout Bar & Grill: Near Yankee Stadium. Offers game-day specials.

Other things to include on your visit to Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium is located in the greatest city in the world, New York, a city with endless things to see and do. Whether visiting Yankee Stadium for the first time involves one day or many days in New York, here a few activities and destinations to consider as part of your plans.

Attend a New York Mets game: Check out New York’s other major league baseball team and where they call home, Citi Field.

Go on a sports tour: Discover some of New York’s other famous sports venues, landmarks, and neighborhoods with a rich sports history.

See another major league sporting event: Depending on the season, you could catch an NFL football game, NBA basketball game, NHL hockey game or even a tennis match.

Central Park: Take a leisurely stroll or bike ride through Central Park, one of the most iconic urban parks in the world.

Times Square: Experience the bright lights and excitement of Times Square, known for its theaters, restaurants, and vibrant atmosphere.

A Broadway show: See the latest Broadway production at one of the city’s renowned theaters.

Empire State Building: Visit the observation deck of this iconic structure and take in the breathtaking views of the city skyline. It’s especially beautiful at night.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: Take a ferry to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of freedom, and explore Ellis Island, a historic immigration museum.

Museums: New York City boasts world-class museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the American Museum of Natural History, and the Guggenheim Museum.

Brooklyn Bridge: Walk across one of the world’s most recognizable bridges.

Enjoy visiting Yankee Stadium for the first time!

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