The Yankees took the writers around the new Stadium three or four times during its construction and I had a pretty good feel for what the place would be like.
But to walk in and see the place finished is astonishing.
When you’re looking out at the field, you get almost the same sense as you did across the street. There’s that gap in right field to see the subway rumbling by. The right field porch is there, too.
There is no gap in left field, it’s all seats. The out-of-town scoreboard also appears to hold no more than four games at a time. Personally, I think every stadium should have a scoreboard that shows every other game all the time. But it’s nothing to get too upset over.
The biggest difference? Those fancy Legends seats that stretch from first base to third base are set apart by a high concrete wall. It’s like they wanted to protect the wealthy from the rest of society.
The building is just immense. The Great Hall looks like you could run a train through it. There are two small scoreboards in right and left field that show the linescore, the count, etc. There are also a lot more bleacher seats. A whole lot more.
The suites are all over the place. But they don’t dominate the place. All in all, it’s quite a place. Can’t wait to start covering games here.