There are some great things about seeing a game in person: the fans, the noise, the greeness of the field, the eternal hope of catching a foul ball or home run ball, trying to move to a better seat, the hang time with your friends (or family), etc. The list is a long one.
Except the Yanks are trying to legislate the fun right out of the in-person experience. And frankly, all of this is really draining the excitement out of this new Stadium for me. The prices have been rightfully ripped. The seat selection process was butchered. All of this has sapped my enthusiasm. So when I read this, I am officially at my wits end with what the Yanks are doing to us, the fans (emphasis mine):
Field Level Food CourtSo if I bring my kids to the see batting practice, we have to stay in our seats, which will not be on the lower level, they can't move forward to try to land a ball or autograph? Thanks, Yanks, for very little positive fan experience.
The food court located near Section 126 on the Field Level offers guests a taste of New York with a variety of concessions, including Boar's Head deli sandwiches, Famous Famiglia pizza and Asian cuisine. Please note that only Field Level and Legends ticket holders have access to the Field Level.
We have mentioned before that one of the most enjoyable aspects of going to baseball games is roaming around the stadium and checking out all of the nooks and crannies of the ballpark. Never before have we been to a ballpark that does not let fans explore the concessions on an entire level of the Stadium. We have been to Camden Yards in Baltimore, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and Safeco Field in Seattle in the past few years and NONE of those stadiums have this policy.
To prevent us from using the facilities or making purchases on an entire level is really creating social stratification in the new Yankee Stadium that we are not comfortable with. This also means that the middle-class family coming to Yankee Stadium to see their heroes suit up in the pinstripes will not be able to watch batting practice from the Field Level or try to procure autographs from their favorite players.
Guests are welcome to watch batting practice from their seat location. Yankee Stadium gates will open at 10 a.m. for regular-season day games and 4 p.m. for regular-season night games. For Saturday Fox games during the regular season, gates will open at 1 p.m.
All of this is completely out of line with most other sporting venues where fans are encouraged to congregate close to the action during the pregame. We can only hope that the Yankees enforce the new A-Z guide as well as they did the old one, meaning hardly at all.
Naturally, I blame Randy Levine.
Thanks to Jay at Fack Youk for first pointing this out. I wasn't going to riff on it but it was chafing the creases of my brain during lunch.