For whatever reason, Sam and I started talking about the new Yankee Stadium this afternoon. Not necessarily the physical structure, but the atmosphere in the place. The sights. The sounds. The feeling of walking into the stadium and seeing the field.
I’m curious to hear your thoughts on the new place. What do you like about it? What would you like to see changed? Again, not looking for major physical changes, just little adjustments that could be made between now and opening day.
For example, I’m a big music fan and usually find myself irritated by stadium music. But here we are three months later, and that Black Eyed Peas song is still stuck in my head. I wouldn’t have picked it, but as it turned out, it was a pretty good choice for getting the stadium excited for a game. The handful of experiences I had in the concourses were much easier than I expected. I thought most of the between innings videos were good.
Music. Food. Videos. Service. The atmosphere in general. What did you enjoy? What are you looking forward to heading into Season Two at the new place?
Sam says: I agree with Chad on the music and scoreboard stuff. In general, I like the the approach the Yankees take with entertainment — not too kitschy, not too over-the-top. Some people like gimmicks – like the Rally Monkey videos in Anaheim, which I do think are pretty funny — but those can get repetitive and over-done. Like Chad, I thought the “get-pumped-up” video during the playoffs was great. I remember the Yankees used to do one that had – no kidding – a great song from Yanni in the background. It was a great series of highlights. Wish they’d bring that one back.
As someone who spent a lot of time at the old Stadium (and was sad to see it go), I’m generally pleased with the new place. I’m hoping to talk with Lonn Trost as we get closer to the start of the season to hear what tweaks are being made for 2010, but most of the feedback I got from fans was that the ballpark experience was positive. One thing I’d like to see: Turkey burgers! I wish they were as easy to find at concession stands as regular burgers. I was also disappointed to see the chicken cheesesteaks be unavailable towards the end of the season. Hopefully they’ll return in 2010.
What do you guys think? Different food? More “Great Subway Race?” Less “Match Game?” Extra ice cream stands?