This post is a testimonial from a reader, Marta Bosse. She is a Yankees fan, one of the New York City baseball teams. In May, she was in the Big Apple and took the opportunity not only to attend a few matches but also to do the tour at the team’s stadium. Since this is something that interests a lot of people, I asked her to share her experience with you!
“Well, what can I say about touring the best stadium in the world? This is the new Yankee Stadium, opened in 2009, the year of a World Series victory – as well as the old stadium, opened in 1923, also a year of victory. The world’s most expensive stadium cost more than $2 billion to one of the most important sports franchises in the world, with no sponsors, as it happens with many sporting venues. We did the tour with two Spanish people, a couple of Americans and two Brazilians. The guide, Chris, told us right away that he grew up in The Bronx and loved the Yankees. He told the story very well and with passion.
We started our tour at Yankee Museum, where you can learn more about the history of the team. It is not a very large room, but full of interesting facts. Even if you’re not a fan of baseball, you’ve probably heard about Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Yogi Berra, Joe di Maggio, Mickey Mantle, Alex Rodriguez, and Derek Jeter. They were all Yankees players! You will learn about the entire history of the team and the most important characters since 1901 when the team was founded. You will see the main events of the team, uniforms, gloves, and bats used by famous players, the trophies (from 27 championships, it is the biggest baseball champion). The team couldn’t keep the old trophies, but in this area, we could see the 7 new trophies that, coincidentally, are the ones that have been won since George Steinbrenner bought the team. There is also the Ball Wall, which has 870 balls autographed by players and the past and current coaches as well.
After this, we went to the famous Monument Park, which is a tribute to the best players in the team’s history. That’s where the numbers are retired, which with the recent addition of No. 2 Derek Jeter, are 22 in total. These numbers can no longer be used by current players. Everyone has a plaque on the site talking about their history and contribution to the team – a very exciting place for fans, for sure. At Monument Park, and also during the museum visit as well, our guide answered many general questions that the guests were asking. Our group didn’t know much about baseball and Chris explained everything very carefully. I thought it was very cool to see that, even without knowing the sport, these people were there to see the stadium as a tourist spot.
Leaving Monument Park, we passed by the 1st floor (there are 3 in total) and learned about the structure of the stadium and the other events that happen there. During the off-season, the stadium is home to the NYCFC football team – soccer. When Pope John Paul II was in New York in 1979, he also celebrated at Yankee Stadium.
Passing through the food stores and the team store, our guide gave the best news: we were going to the dugout! The dugout is like a bank of reserves in soccer – baseball does not exactly have reserves. It where all the players wait for their turn to enter the field. At that moment, I almost ran out! We step on the field and sit where the players are every night. The view is incredible! The seats are heated because at the beginning of the season and in the postseason it can be cold.
The tour ended there. We left the tour straight to Hard Rock Cafe – yes, there is a Hard Rock Cafe inside the stadium.
Conclusion? I highly recommend it, even if you don’t get baseball. It’s a touristy spot, full of history, especially if you’re curious about the sport, but do not want to buy a ticket for a game. Excellent tour! And again, seriously: if you give yourself a chance, trying to understand this game, you will like it! It’s very cool!
English level: In Marta’s opinion, it is worth doing the tour even if you are not fluent in English – just because of the opportunity to visit the place. But, if you want to understand the story, you have to have at least an intermediate level. There are tours in Spanish too – which take place daily at 1 pm.
How much does it cost and where do I buy it? $20 on the website or $23 at the stadium box office.
Days and times: Sunday-Saturday: 11:00am, 11:20am, 11:40am, 12:00pm, 12:20pm, 12:40pm, 1:00pm, 1:20pm, 1:40pm, during the season.
Address: 1 E 161st St, Bronx.
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