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Impressions of the Opener

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 16, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here is what I really liked:

• The Yankees had the retired numbers painted on a wall in left field and the list of 26 championships painted on a wall in right field. The retired numbers are too small. But it’s a start.

• The flags atop the stadium really change the feel of the place, I think. It looks a lot more like a ballpark now instead of a coliseum.

• When you sit in your seat (provided there is no obstructed view), it feels so much like the old Stadium. And that’s a great thing. The Yankees don’t need gimmicks.

However …

• Monument Park needs to be fixed before 2010. It’s a disaster. “Monument Cave” is what Anthony McCarron of the News called it and he’s exactly right.

The old Monument Park was a park in that there was landscaping and a path you could walk around. Now Monument Park is stuck under a sports bar and behind the fence in center and under a net. It looks and feels hastily done. There is no way for people to flow in and out of the area, either.

The Yankees are all about their history and they stuck it under a sports bar named after a casino. Bring those Monuments, plaques and retired numbers into the light. I don’t know where they should put it. But where they have it now is the wrong spot.

• The sound system is a mess. But that’s the sort of thing engineers can fix through trial and error.

• The concession stands were chaos from what I saw and heard. But that also will improve as the workers figure out what they need to do.

• Here is my biggest concern: The crowd. Maybe it was Opening Day, which always draws a different sort of fan. Maybe it was the way the game played. But the place was funeral home quiet for long stretches. That’s not Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees noticed the difference and so did the Indians. It was a popular topic of conversation after the game.

New parks are designed to have open concourses. As a result, the seats go back in a gentle slope, not steeply up like they at the old park. The fans are further away from the field and today it felt like they were in Washington Heights. I’ve stood in center field in the old ballpark and it felt like those upper tier seats were right on top of you.

You have to wonder if the Yankees priced the real fans out of the place and are left with a wine-and-cheese crowd. Time will tell because, as I mentioned, Opening Day is a different sort of crowd. Lots of pretenders and poseurs. Hopefully the crowd will again be part of the game.

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Meanwhile, when the attendance was announced in the press box today, they also announced that 2,000 standing-room tickets had not been sold. Why that is, nobody could say. Those willing to stand, I bet, will also make a lot of noise.

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82 Responses to “Impressions of the Opener”

  1. Htman213 April 16th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Wine and cheese crowd…. as opposed to the Whine and Snooze crowd?

  2. PRAWN April 16th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    When will Jose Veras be replaced by Mark Melancon?????

  3. PRAWN April 16th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Te guys who paid $2000 dollars a ticket must be ticked off after watching the bullpen blow another one.

  4. Joe Erwin April 16th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    How could they not sell the standing-room tickets? That’s as bizarre as having actors play dead ballplayers at the old Stadium closing last September.

    Great job, Pete, and my compliments to Anthony McCarron for “Monument Cave.”

  5. PRAWN April 16th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Also Pete – we were still watching the game through the net.

  6. MikeEff April 16th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    i hope you’re right pete about too many non fans looking to be seen…though i was at opening day ( night) last year and the crowd was loud and rowdy…of course i was in the upper deck way down the 3rd baseline. ajnd of course we won that day. there is nothing better than that place when it’s rockin’

  7. Bring Back the Real Stadium April 16th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    I don’t like the new stadium (I refuse to capitalize it like I did the old Stadium) one bit. First, it feels very yuppie and the crowd sounded and acted the part.

    Second, the concession situation is a complete nightmare. They have beer stands placed right at the entrance to sections so it takes 15 minutes to get up the stairs to the concourse because the lines go down into the seating areas. It took 45 minutes to wait in line at the “Johnny Rockets” area to get six onion rings for like $8. The staff were extremely rude and lazy. They only sell pretzels at the beer lines? That makes no sense. And almost every stand I went too had an inoperable credit card machine. That’s unacceptable.

    Third, Monument Park. I don’t need to say any more.

    Fourth, why are the AL East Flags flying over LF? Half the stadium can’t see them. Shouldn’t they be behind the plate? It’s a minor thing, but still something that should be fixed.

    Fifth, the cheesy video board games and “Ducks on the Pond” stuff needs to go immediately. This isn’t minor league baseball. If you can’t be entertained by watching the game, then stay home.

    I’ve been a season ticket holder for over a decade now and I was disgusted at the new stadium. It’s like they threw half of the stuff together last minute. But I’m sure the Audi club was all nice and neat. New age baseball sickens me…

  8. BetsyI April 16th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Gayle, I harp on Yankee fans all the time, but they got it right with AJ and Swish. The guy next to me shouted ” thank you, AJ!” as AJ jogged out and I suspect others were doing the same (for Swish, too). AJ’s fist pump was neat to seee – he’s so enthused about being a Yankee, even if it’s in a less obvious way than Swish.

    I thought the Stadium was just beautiful – whatever negative thoughts I had about it on tv just vanished. The seats were incredibly comfortable, though my father wondered whether future fans will rip them up…….probably, I think. The food choices were outstanding – I had a cheesesteak and garlic fries. Yum – however……$10.75 for a cheesesteak? $9.00 for a large fries? Were they using Kobe beef?

    The ceremonies were very nice, though I could barely hear the band. John Fogarty playing Centerfield was a great touch. My father loved seeing the older guys in their street clothes and sort of grew nostalgic as he recognized how much time has passed and how these guys have obviously aged…..

    The crowd didn’t have much to get excited about today, so I’ll chalk the lack of noise up to that. I don’t particularly care for Anthony McCarron, so……..

  9. NongEyeJon April 16th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Watching it on TV, the one thing I noticed too, was the lack of crowd noise. It is a little disconcerting, as the atmosphere of the old Stadium was due, in large part, to the crowd noise and excitement. I didn’t hear many 2-strike crescendos or anything of that nature. I understand it won’t be perfect, but how does that lack of fan noise and the fans being further away actually effect an opposing team? Could it be less intimidating?

  10. aronik April 16th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    where can we buy these standing room only seats cause through yankees..com it wasnt possible to for this game

  11. Bring Back the Real Stadium April 16th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Oh and I forgot to mention the chaos of having thousands of people walking around having no clue where they were going. And those people that would come to a complete stop while walking in front of you so that they could see the pitch thrown. Either don’t get out of your seat, or keep moving so that we can get back to our seats sooner.

    One more thing, the nice flat-screens are cool and all but it would be nice if they had the count and outs. Also, why are they like 5 seconds behind live action? The crowd tells you exactly what happened by the time it plays out on the screen.

  12. NongEyeJon April 16th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I guess someone (Bring Back the Real Stadium) didnt like one thing. Why didn’t they contact you when they made the stadium?

  13. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 16th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    ‘When will Jose Veras be replaced by Mark Melancon?????’

    July or August buddy, he’s not ready for this level. He’s not even in mid-season form.

  14. jint51 April 16th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    the sports bar by far is the biggest blunder of this whole thing. IT blocks the view of the fans in the bleachers and it covers over monument park. What are the chances the yankees admit a mistake and u see them tear it out in the next couple of years. very slim right?

  15. LoveTheYankees April 16th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    They need to do something with the metal cages on top of the concrete walls that separate all of the different seating sections. Paint them all navy blue so they are less visible or replace them with round bar railing because they look about as bad as chain link fence from a hardware store on television.

    Also, please hire someone to fix the ascetics of the right and left field seating areas, the bull pens, and the advertisements. That entire area is an incoherent mess of conflicting colors and ugly materials. On television this giant mass of bare concrete and randomly colored ads is a real eye sore. There is even some sort of metal garage door for utility access just sitting there plain as day next to one of the bull pens. Is that the best we can do for 1+ billion dollars? A big metal garage door and white concrete walls? Bring in the architects and designers and give this highly visible portion of the park another try.

  16. Bring Back the Real Stadium April 16th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    No, I don’t like the new stadium. It’s for faux, johnny-come-lately, post-98 Yankee fans that know nothing about history and tradition. Seriously, the Audi Club?

  17. jint51 April 16th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    also its not like we have a valuable center fielder out there take the padding off the wall and put in the clear paneling so we can see the monuments. who cares if gardner or melky misses time because they run into the wall its not like we got bernie back there or someone worth protecting

  18. Marty Funkhowser April 16th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I think the lack of noise will be an issue, though I don’t know how much intimdiation is a factor anyway. Jaret Wright and Beckett sure weren’t intimidated when they beat the Yanks as rooks here. But certainly some young guys have unraveled. But I think part of the problem might be, so many fans gathered in the concourse spaces and just weren’t in their seats that you don’t get that wall of sound. The open air also will let sound escape as opposed to reverberate around the Yankee stadium bowl. Crowd noise as we used to know it is gone and gone forever.

    However, we’ve got a cool ballpark and we’ll just define a new “loud”. I think the wine and cheesers were an opening day artifact.

    Lastly, I couldn’t get standroom tix either, paid 3 bills a pop for nosebleeds when I just stood the whole time. I looked for tix and would have GLADLY paid standing room. Really embarassing when you think the Mets or Yanks couldn’t sell out their openers.

  19. jay destro April 16th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    i was at the game. the reason it got so quiet is that the team left a million guys on base and then the bullpen destroyed the game. wasn’t a lot to cheer once CC left the game.

  20. Carl April 16th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    If you don’t like it don’t go.

  21. Bring Back the Real Stadium April 16th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    “IT blocks the view of the fans in the bleachers”

    It doesn’t block my view at all. But it’s still ridiculous to have a sports bar in CF of a major league baseball stadium. Mickey Mouse organizations use stunts like that.

  22. Bring Back the Real Stadium April 16th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    “If you don’t like it don’t go.”

    Says the guy who probably goes to 1 or 2 games per year. I spend a ton of money on this team so I have a right to complain. You probably weren’t around in the 80s or early 90s anyway.

  23. patrick max April 16th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Yeah, he crowd was awful. It was like Wimbledon, not a baseball game.

  24. jennifer "We want Swisher" April 16th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    LoveTheYankees

    Don’t you know someone was paid 100′s of thousands of dollars to be the designer. :lol:

    Agreed they need to paint some of the walls midnight blue. And look into making the sponsors all use a blue and white color in the ads. Although they might not be allowed to due to the contracts.

  25. V Torch April 16th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Normal folks can’t afford these tickets

    Only the NYC-elite show up and they are not interested in making noise.

    Pretty surprising that the players admitted it though, especially only after one game.

  26. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 16th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Pete,

    I’m surprised to hear that about Monument Park…

    I would’ve expected it to get the reverential treatment it deserves…

    Besides members of the media, has anyone else expressed their displeasure over Monument Park–ie players or former players?

  27. gayle April 16th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    When you have to go out of your seat to get food and then once you gt there have to wait loike somene said 45 minutes and miss innings upon innings you are not goint to get an active crowd also tons of people just wlaking around the concourses and not sitting in their seats.

  28. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 16th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I’m a Girardi fan. Last year he was spectacular in handling the pitching bullpen, I think we were second most in bullpen innings pitched and also second best in bullpen ERA, unbelievable. This year he seems to be overmanaging those pitchers just a hair, but in the end he’ll do fine.

    By the way, I think the new Stadium sounds great and I look forward to attending games there.

  29. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 16th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I’m sure the Monument Park problem will be fixed, and I’m sure the crowd will come around. There are still the bleacher creatures, and as Pete said opening day is a different sort of crowd.

  30. dave April 16th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Re: the crowd

    That was one Boooooorrrrring game. And the home teamlooked terrible. Not much for the crowd to root for. Also, some of the pre-game festivities were awkward and seemed to drain some of the energy.

  31. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 16th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Perhaps once the people get the feel of the new stadium, know where they are going (their favorite concessions, restrooms, etc.) some of the confusion on the concourse will die down? Not everyone who was there today got to go to the exhibition games, so there must have been some of that “exploring” and getting lost going on.

  32. MikeEff April 16th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    jint51
    April 16th, 2009 at 10:04 pm
    also its not like we have a valuable center fielder out there take the padding off the wall and put in the clear paneling so we can see the monuments. who cares if gardner or melky misses time because they run into the wall its not like we got bernie back there or someone worth protecting

    —————————

    that is one of the most sickening statements i have read on this blog since 2006. i’m sure i am not alone

  33. jennifer "We want Swisher" April 16th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    doreen- agreed. I think Most people didn’t know where anything was. And I think the food service people are still learning.

  34. Seaside April 16th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Yeah, this stadium does have a “Mickey Mouse” feel to it. They sold their souls for this place.

    Never has an opening day been so quiet, and there have been some rough games and bad weather and the crowd was 10x better than today.

  35. Bring Back the Real Stadium April 16th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    “And I think the food service people are still learning.”

    I don’t meant to come off sounding mean, but still learning what? Didn’t they have “food service people” in the old Stadium?

  36. LoveTheYankees April 16th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    jennifer “We want Swisher”

    Don’t you know someone was paid 100’s of thousands of dollars to be the designer.

    ——-

    Oh, I assume so but I wonder if they had any prior stadium design experience. I think their designers let the interns work on the outfield, or else they ran out of money. I can also imagine the Frankenbrenners vetoing all the good ideas for their own “vision”.

    Whatever happened, it’s hard to look at on Sports Center and Baseball Tonight.

  37. Pel April 16th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Twinkies lose it all entirely in the 7th, too.

    Ouch.

  38. Tommy April 16th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    What about the netting that is always in the TV camera shot. It is just atrocious.

  39. Josh April 16th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    So how does one go about getting standing room tickets? Do you have to purchase them at the stadium?

  40. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 16th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    jennifer -

    There might be a lot of it this season, though. We don’t have season tickets, but I found out this morning we got tickets to one game in June. I’m so psyched but I am probably going to be one of those annoying people stopping dead in my tracks on the concourse looking for whatever! :lol: I’m sure there’ll be others like me. In that regard it’ll be a long season for the regulars, who hopefully will have figured things out by the end of the season (or the All-Star break). I’m counting on their patience and their help, but, I don’t know! :lol:

  41. pat April 16th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I’m guessing they didn’t sell the standing room seats because it is 2000 less bodies to contend with until they know they have all the kinks worked out.

    Announced crowd was 48000. That’s more than 5000 less mouths making noise.

    People are still taking in the new Stadium experience and not just sitting in their seats watching the game.

    Open concourses absorb the sound rather than echo it.

  42. MikeEff April 16th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    I don’t meant to come off sounding mean, but still learning what? Didn’t they have “food service people” in the old Stadium?

    —————

    you come off as a spoiled old curmudgeon. full of self-entitlement.

  43. Joe from Long Island April 16th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    I went to the Saturday Cubs’ game.

    I can only speak from my own experience, but we were amazed by how polite all staff members were, starting by the attendants in the garage. In fact, I was surprised that there were even garage workers to be found. The concourses were very congested, but I had the feeling that that was because everyone was looking at the new place, and trying to figure out things.

    I think that once I start going to a few more games, I’ll probably figure out my routine a bit more.

    And, for what it’s worth, I’m not rich, I still work for a living, I don’t sit in the premium seats, and I’ve been following the team since 1965. Hope that qualifies me as a real fan.

  44. Bronx Jeers April 16th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    “I don’t like the new stadium (I refuse to capitalize it like I did the old Stadium) one bit”

    I do the same thing.

    You know what will change over time?

    Nothing. Well actually the ticket prices will increase but that’s it.

    The monuments aren’t moving. The employees will never “figure it out”, they’ll run the same old annoying songs and trivia baloney.

    Hopefully the team will make me forget the fact that they spent 1.6 bil building a characterless shopping mall.

  45. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 16th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Tommy -

    I don’t think the netting is “always” in the TV camera shot. I don’t remember seeing it once today. I could have missed one or two shots, but if it was “always” in the shot, I’m sure I would have seen it. In fact, I was looking for it. I think they purposely avoided using that shot – so hopefully they’re looking for ways to fix the situation.

  46. wood is good April 16th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    I’ll refrain from grand pronouncements regarding the stadium until the All-Star break. By then I’ll have been to 16 games there and will have a clearer idea of what’s good and bad. Love the physical structure; crowd noise today was nonexistent; food lines waaaaay too long; my seat in main 212 has a phenomenal view; the team laid a rotten egg on what was supposed to be a special opening day. (But major kudos to CC–he didn’t have great command but gave us 120 pitches of 1-run ball.)

  47. Barb27 April 16th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I had mentioned on my previous post that which was mirrored by Pete. First the tiers on the stadium are substanially farther back and they added numerous feet before both dugouts. Second, the cost of the seats on the first level will change the makeup of the fans on that level. I was at the first exhibition game and felt that way. Hopefully, when I go on Sunday, I will be proven incorrect. Nothing would make me happier.

  48. Jack Knight April 16th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Weren’t you just calling for “Shut The Hell Up And Watch The Game Day” like 3 blog updates ago? Just saying.

  49. Sean Serritella April 16th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    At the old stadium, they had a huge area at each walkway entrance where the disabled sit. I wonder if they have that here.

  50. pat April 16th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    The only net I saw on the broadcast today was when they shot through the foul pole net and Kay told you that’s what they were doing.

  51. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 16th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    pat -

    That’s the only net I saw, too. :)

  52. Jake April 16th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I used to have season tickets but am now living down in Florida. I have a two weeek trip planned up to the area in New Jersey and it’s already getting to be so difficult to get tickets that I’m not going to even bother. Especially after the stuff I’m reading here. I’m not going to spend crazy money when the place is full of yuppies anyway.

    I already got a face value ticket at Fenway and will probably even visit Citi Field – shame that I’m getting priced out of ‘my’ team’s stadium.

  53. Jack Knight April 16th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Also, I was in the left field bleachers and a got a hebrew national hot dog and pepsi (for a disgusting $11). I was out and back in my seat in no more than 5 minutes.

    I was wondering before the game if the left field bleachers were reachable by home run, now. I was pretty disappointed to find out they are.

  54. Bring Back the Real Stadium April 16th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    “you come off as a spoiled old curmudgeon. full of self-entitlement.”

    Again, says the guy who probably goes to 1 or 2 games per season. I bet you weren’t a fan pre-1998.

  55. Bring Back the Real Stadium April 16th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Oh and I’m not old by any means. But I’m also not 15 like most people on here.

  56. keith April 16th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    It’s starting to look more and more apparent that the stadium was designed profits-first, Yankees baseball second. The boos were barely audible after the Sizemore grand slam, that’s horrifying. If the “aura and mystique” and “ghosts” of the old Stadium didn’t intimidate some visiting players, you can be the crazy-loud crowd did. Looks like the new stadium has neither.

  57. JP April 16th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    I didn’t see the net too much, but on nearly every first-base play replay or second base grounder replay, it was pretty blatant – at least on YES. A friend watching it on the MLB Network said they rarely used the net shot.

  58. Soriano April 16th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    The Yankees made a conscious decision to price out their loyal season ticket holders. I was one for 10 years, and because I lived in Boston (yes, I know it is strange), I gave away a lot of the tix to Big Brothers/Big Sisters. The Yankees screwed the old time st holders, and they did it on purpose. I am disgusted at the behavior of my team, and to be honest, I take a perverse satisfaction at the quiet crowd and bungled design. At least as to the former, I communicated several times to Yankee management. Guess how many responses I got. That’s right– none…

  59. Soriano April 16th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Bring Back the Stadium, you are right on. Don’t sweat those that don’t know that season ticket holders were “offered” tix at more than twice the cost at locations more than twice worse, all for the purpose of pricing out loyal fans. It is a simple fact, and the Yankees have reaped what they have sown.

  60. CMH April 16th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    They NEED to do something about that net…every shot of the infield is through the net and it feels like I’m still watching spring training games. Any word on if the Yankees are working on this? I know I’ve read on several blogs that there are many people who are bothered by it.

  61. Tom Zig April 16th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    How much do standing room tickets cost? Hell I’d go out there and stand.

  62. Doris from Rego Park April 16th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    keith
    April 16th, 2009 at 10:49 pm
    It’s starting to look more and more apparent that the stadium was designed profits-first, Yankees baseball second. The boos were barely audible after the Sizemore grand slam, that’s horrifying. If the “aura and mystique” and “ghosts” of the old Stadium didn’t intimidate some visiting players, you can be the crazy-loud crowd did. Looks like the new stadium has neither.

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    This just in: baseball is a business

  63. j April 16th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, welcome to yuppie stadium. The place blows, there was absolutley nothing wrong with the old stadium. Lon trost and all those front office idiots will be the only ones to ever call this place the greatest stadium in sports. Its one thing to have an obnoxious amount of bars, ie the metrosexual martini bar, but not letting everyone into these eyesores is a crime. I hate the new stadium and the experience of going to a yankee game is now changed forever. its truly sad.

  64. Bring Back the Real Stadium April 16th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    If you are man and go to the martini bar, please hand in your man pass immediately.

  65. Bronx Jeers April 16th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Pro baseball IS a business but when you begin to alienate fans, well that’s just a flat out shame.

    I hate the new stadium. I’ll take cramped seating and crappy amenities any day of the week in order to be part of history.

    In all fairness, on the outside it looks grand. The great hall is certainly unique. Once you’re inside though, it’s not so different from any other of the newer stadiums. Except the prices of course.

    Yankee Stadium had a certain character. It was like the 10th player on the field.

  66. brian April 16th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    Good call. the outside is beautiful, and its cool that the open air concourse is a nice improvement, but i’ve been going to games since 94 with my dad. He gets great box seats through his company, But I always would prefer the Tier seats, because the box was full of people who yell at me to sit down when people hit HRs. Wheres the fun in that? Now it feels as if the entire stadium is full of them.

    But I have to admit the stadium has areas where it’s beautiful, and to be fair the workers were as polite as they could be, just try to imagine how overwhelming this could be for a new worker, most of them are pretty young. Hopefully I will come to like it and appreciate it, but I just cant get over how they cut the best part of the stadium (the tier) in what seems like half.

  67. yankeelover April 17th, 2009 at 12:03 am

    I gotta’ say the Yankees, “surrendered the yogurt” today.

  68. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 17th, 2009 at 7:59 am

    thank you for the insight.

    based on tv, i don’t like the new stadium.

    Kansas City? Now that’s a ballpark

  69. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 17th, 2009 at 8:06 am

    “Hopefully the team will make me forget the fact that they spent 1.6 bil building a characterless shopping mall”

    funny. That’s exactly what it looks like to me, on tv. In a single word: generic

    don’t really care how “great” the great hall is.

  70. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 17th, 2009 at 8:16 am

    “Also, please hire someone to fix the ascetics of the right and left field seating areas, the bull pens, and the advertisements. That entire area is an incoherent mess of conflicting colors and ugly materials. On television this giant mass of bare concrete and randomly colored ads is a real eye sore. There is even some sort of metal garage door for utility access just sitting there plain as day next to one of the bull pens. Is that the best we can do for 1+ billion dollars?”

    save it. I’ve posted the same sentiments a few times on this blog, and no one cares. Some even like the appearance of the advertisements/billboards. Whatever.

    I agree with Jennifer. Paint the outfield walls blue, and require all ads to be in white script. As they do in Japan, and Seattle.

    if no one complains, everything in the new stadium will remain the same

  71. Rich Berg April 17th, 2009 at 8:24 am

    I agree Pete..they priced the real fans out of the stadium. I am not optimistic “the crowd” will ever come back. Time will tell.

  72. ellen April 17th, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Not sure that the beef is with the advertisements. They weren’t uniform in color or style before. As for the aesthetics, ehh. Someone will always be unhappy. The Mets fans have a beautiful stadium to replace the dump they had, and some are still complaining about the aesthetics of Citi Field.

  73. 23hitman April 17th, 2009 at 9:42 am

    The stadium has a cavernous feel to it, lots of echoes, like when bleacher creatures did roll call. Sounded like they were in Queens. Too much food, you come to a game to eat or watch them play??? Anyone with an upper deck seat will be able to stay down on field level and watch the game from the back, which is worth the price.

  74. kph April 17th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I’m glad someone is FINALLY talking about how bad Monument Park is. I don’t know what took so long. It should be the centerpiece of this ballpark. I’m not sure how (that was for HOK to figure out), but right now it’s hidden away.

  75. purenyyankee April 17th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    To “Bring Back the Real Stadium”

    AMEN !

  76. kimmiebruce April 17th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Hey “wood is good,” we’re in Main 210, and agree that they view from the seats is terrific!

    I’ve been a full season ticket holder for 8 years, and while my seats are not exactly comparable to what they were (I’m one level up, but two sections closer to the infield), I was really happy with the process. Just a regular person, a “real fan,” not corporate seats, who chooses to spend much of the leisure budget on tickets (we no longer go on tropical vacations!). For me, I have found it hard to understand the complaints about the relocation process, as I feel like the Yankees have treated me pretty fairly, considering they were switching to a ballpark with a new configuration.

    Overall, I really liked the experience (except for the game loss) yesterday, and look forward to our next game. I worry about the acoustics/crowd noise (I could not hear the bleacher roll call very well, as compared to the old stadium), and hope they get the kinks worked out of the concessions in terms of time (until then, I’ll bring food in!), but overall, it was a special day.

  77. Paul from Cali April 17th, 2009 at 10:43 am

    21-49. That’s the run differential in the Yankee losses so far. Yup, we got great pitching.

  78. saucY April 17th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    i thought monument park was fine. then again, it’s not really my thing. i never even been to the old one since i never felt like waiting on line.

    your other gripes i can agree with. i think the crown will get better with better games and non-opening day crowds.

    kind of ironic that more real fans will get to see the first win at NYS. poetic justice maybe.

  79. Thurston Howell, III April 17th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I must say, I do love the new stadium. All high class, high society. Face it lovey, we make the world go round. Survival of the fittest, the richest. And, of course we were all into the game. When the team with the blue hats and pinstripes, the…um…those guys, you know…the home team…when they were swinging the bat, we were rattling our jewelry. Surely you must have heard it?

  80. LoveTheYankees April 17th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Thurston Howell, III

    I must say, I do love the new stadium. All high class, high society. Face it lovey, we make the world go round. Survival of the fittest, the richest. And, of course we were all into the game. When the team with the blue hats and pinstripes, the…um…those guys, you know…the home team…when they were swinging the bat, we were rattling our jewelry. Surely you must have heard it?
    ——————-

    +++++ :)

  81. Sad Yankee Fan April 17th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I’m really ticked off about this stadium. Yes, it’s a business, but the first rule is to not tick off your good customers. Some nicknames for this place, “The Mistake Next To The Great” or we’re playing The Sox up at “The Fraud”

  82. profman April 18th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    sorry that i bought season tickets. the tickets cost $100 each. i had better seats last year at field level for $75 a seat. it is not the cost as much as the pain in the ass it is to get up every time someone in your aisle wants to leave or returns. the old stadium like MOST BASEBALL parks had box seats of 4 across but not in randy levines stadium where the average row is 20 across. on top of that you also miss the game every time the person in front of you has to stand to allow the 20 people in his row to leave. hello ebay.

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