We are HUGE sports fans. If you have been following us for a while then you know that one of our goals when we travel is to see all of the ball stadiums (Debbie) and hockey arenas (Darcy) that we can. We are slowly ticking them off the list and in New York we were able to catch a ball game at Yankee Stadium to check off another.
When you visit Yankee Stadium today, you’re visiting the new ballpark that replaced the original Yankee Stadium in 2009. The new stadium is just a block away from the original and includes design features that were part of the old stadium. We loved that the iconic frieze that lined the roof of the original Yankee Stadium from 1923 to 1973 is replicated on the current stadium’s roof. The original historic Yankee Stadium stood in the Bronx from 1923 to 2008 and was the home field of some of baseball’s biggest legends, including Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Dave Winfield, and Derek Jeter.
We were in town when the Blue Jays were playing the Yankees, and though the overall series did not go too well for the Blue Jays, we had to root for the Canadian team. The Blue Jays had won the game the evening before. The game we went to see the next afternoon, they were slaughtered. We still enjoyed the atmosphere at Yankee Stadium and loved that we even got to see a home run while we were there. It felt SO good to sit in the sunshine and watch a ball game.
It was also Jacob’s first baseball game – what a great stadium to start introducing him to baseball at a young age. It was a lot of hard work at the game, so he made sure to get in a nap, but when he was awake he was also thrilled with the atmosphere and couldn’t get enough of looking around to try to figure out what was going on. Loved watching his curiosity!
We would have loved to take a stadium tour like we have done in Toronto and Seattle, but there were not any tours available on the days we were there. Bummer!
Yankee Stadium is also just steps away from the subway. We took the train and it was a short ride and a convenient way to get to the ball game; just expect the trains to be crowded.
Take a look at Yankee Stadium and our experience: