It is now going on 5 years since the New Yankee Stadium opened it’s doors as the “House that George built.” As much as I’ve tried to like the new stadium I just can’t. Perhaps it’s due to my sentimental feelings towards the “House that Ruth built” but as a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees it goes beyond that. As much as I dislike the following statement I’m going to make it anyway. “I HATE THE NEW YANKEE STADIUM!”
Here’s just a few of the reasons why I hate the New Yankee Stadium.
1. Ticket prices! I can give a rats ass about Hal Steinbrenner stating over and over again the most of the seats in the stadium are at or around $50. That’s not the point. At the Old Yankee Stadium my $50 packed more of a wallop as in getting my broke ass closer to the damn field. Nothing like paying $50 to sit with an obstructed view! When the New Yankee Stadium opened in 2009 I sat in field level seats in right field. Of course you can’t see anything hit to center field or left center but at least you can watch the action unfold on a fucking television!
2. Price of Luxury Suites! For my 30th birthday, my wife purchased a private suite on the 3rd base/left field side of the Old Yankee Stadium and threw my an awesome surprise party that I will never forget. I had the time of my life. When I found out she paid $3,000 for the suite I was torn between hugging her for throwing me a surprise party in my own suite as it’s something I never thought I would ever get to watch a Yankees game from my own suite or choking her for spending such an insane amount of money for a damn baseball game. Fuck, that was a bargain. A comparable suite at the New Yankee Stadium now carries a cost of $7,000!
3. The Mohegan Sun Sports Bar in Center Field! Why in the hell does a baseball stadium in New York City need a sports bar inside of the fucking baseball stadium?! If I wanted to watch a game from a sports bar I can go to one of hundreds of sports bars located in New York City. What makes it so much more outrageous is that you have to pay in order to watch a game from the sports bar located inside New Yankee stadium as in a fucking cover charge. Best of all, the charge only covers the cost to enter the sports bar and does not entitle you to enter the fucking stadium!
4. THE ATMOSPHERE SUCKS BALLS! Don’t take my word for it, take it from “The Sandman” himself who stated “It doesn’t hold noise, or home-team fervor, anywhere near the way the old place did. The old Stadium was our 10th man — a loud and frenzied cauldron of pinstriped passion, with a lot of lifers in the stands. Maybe I’m wrong, but it’s hard to see that the new place can ever quite duplicate that.”
Want to know why the atmosphere of the New Yankee Stadium sucks? It wasn’t built for us die hard and true Yankees fans. It was built to cater to corporate suites who instead of going to a Yankees game to watch a fucking Yankees game use it’s overpriced seats and luxury suites to wine and dine clients! New York is expensive enough. Who the fuck has enough money to pay over $2,000 to sit behind home plate? Not many as witnessed by all the empty fucking seats that can be seen on each and every Yankees broadcast. Us real fans have been relegated to sitting far and away from the field of play and instead have no other choice than to sit with the pigeons. Die hard fans who used to be able to afford sitting close to the action have been replaced by corporate douchebags and the “well to due” who are polite and choose to use golf claps to celebrate an exciting play rather than jump up out of their seats and scream out “GREAT FUCKING PLAY!!!” Gone are the clever chants used to get under the skin of the opposing teams best players. Now we have a museum, a steak house, sports bars and the Hard Rock Cafe!
How did the New York Yankees get this so wrong?! If we Yankee fans want to eat steaks we would go to Ruth Chris or Peter Lugers! If we Yankees fans want to go to a baseball museum we would go to Cooperstown. If we Yankees fans wanted to go to a Hard Rock Cafe we would go to Times Square. What made the Old Stadium so great was that it was an actual fucking baseball stadium full of history and unforgettable moments.
Yes, the Yankees won a World Series in 2009, the very first year of the New Yankee Stadium but it just isn’t the same. In fact I didn’t attend a Yankees game last year. I attended a Yankees game every fucking year since I was 5 years old! It was a summertime tradition to at least attend a few games each year. The new tradition is that I no longer go to Yankees games.
Here was the clincher for me. My wife is simply not a sports fan. For the entire time we dated and well into years of marriage I could never get her to go to a Yankees game. That was until my son was born and as such I had the duty to instill the love of the New York Yankees in him the same way that my father had done. I guilted her into going by saying “How could you miss his first baseball game?” She relented and we all made the trek to the Bronx to the New Yankee Stadium. Around the 3rd inning my wife turned to me and said “I thought you said this place was insane, that people lose their minds during the game and that fans are relentlessly chanting and are loud as hell.” I turned to her and simply stated “This is not Yankee Stadium.”
So there you have it as the above are reasons why I hate the New Yankee Stadium. In fact FUCK NEW YANKEE STADIUM or as it’s now called Yankee Stadium!!