Whether you’re visiting for the first time or are a die hard fan, our Yankee Stadium guide has you covered if you plan on seeing baseball in the Bronx this year. We’ll show you the most practical ways to get to the stadium, how to find cheap tickets, tell you about the ballpark’s must-see features and a give you a rundown of the local eateries and attractions to visit before or after the game.
There are several ways to get Yankees tickets, including the official MLB website or the stadium’s box office.
Tip: Typically, the best deals on tickets are upper level grandstand seats. Choose one as close as possible to home plate. This interactive seating chart guide shows you the best seats in the house and how much they cost. In general, the sooner you get your tickets, the better.
Getting to Yankee Stadium
Driving: The stadium highly recommends using mass transit to avoid traffic congestion and parking fees. If you must drive, give yourself extra time. The Yankees’ website has directions to the stadium from the city, Long Island, Westchester County and New Jersey.
Walking: On a nice day, save a few bucks and park across the Harlem River near 155th Street Manhattan. The Macombs Dam Bridge spans the river and has a pedestrian walkway that you can traverse, dropping you off on 161st Street where the stadium is located.
Mass transit: The 4, B and D trains make stops at 161st Street-Yankee Stadium and a trip from midtown Manhattan takes approximately 25 minutes. Tip: The B and D stop there only at certain times of the day. For more information, visit the MTA’s website.
Use the MTA Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Railroad to transfer to a subway if coming from outside of NYC. Click here for more info on how to get to the game on the Metro-North Railroad. If you take the LIRR to Yankee Stadium, ride the train to Penn Station and then walk one block east to the 34 Street-Herald Square subway station, where you can pick up the B or D train to the 161st Street-Yankee Stadium stop. The ride takes approximately 35 minutes.
Hire a car: Why not hire a driving service to take you to and from the stadium? Chauffeur services will guarantee you a relaxed and stress-free trip.
Yankee Stadium concessions & restaurants
The stadium has a number of eateries, such as the popular Hard Rock Cafe, Johnny Rockets and NYY Steakhouse. At the Hard Rock Cafe, you will find classic American dishes. What many people don’t know is that while re-entry into the stadium is not allowed, you can go back into the stadium through the Hard Rock if you get your ticket stamped at the restaurant. And Lobel’s of New York offers $15 hand-carved steak sandwiches in sections 134 and 322.
Check out our list of must-try baseball stadium foods in the Northeast for more.
Food near Yankee Stadium
Half the fun of going to a game is deciding what to eat before, during and after the game. Luckily for baseball fans, there are plenty of choices in the Bronx – everything from burgers and deli sandwiches to authentic Italian and Latin cuisine.
The Feeding Tree: This must-visit eatery is located almost next door to Yankee Stadium. It specializes in Jamaican cuisine like jerk chicken and shrimp, oxtail stew and curried goat.
Giovanni’s Restaurant: A bit further away from the stadium commotion, Giovanni’s specializes in home-cooked Italian fare, which is perfect if you’re on a date. The Italian entrees rely on authentic family recipes. If you’re looking for something more casual, it also serves coal-fired-oven pizza.
Sam’s Restaurant: Sam’s Restaurant serves up soul food like macaroni and cheese, ribs, cornbread and baked ham. The eatery caters to game-goers, students and attorneys from the nearby courthouse. Don’t miss Sam’s at night if you’re in the area; it transforms into a nightclub with the same service as in the daytime, but with better music and an upbeat atmosphere.
Yankee Tavern: If you’re looking for a more casual meal, this is the place for you. Located just one block from Yankee Stadium, patrons love the pastrami sandwiches and other pub favorites.
The new Yankee Stadium opened its doors at the beginning of the 2009 season as a replacement for the original stadium, which operated from 1923 to 2008. The new ballpark was constructed across the street, northeast of the old location.
Memorabilia from the team’s old home now lives in the new stadium. A ball wall features hundreds of baseballs autographed by past and present Yankees. There’s also a tribute to Don Larsen’s perfect game during the 1956 World Series, with a commemorative home plate in the floor and statues of him pitching to Yogi Berra. In 2011, the museum added a showcase of World Series rings and an exhibit honoring George Steinbrenner.
Make sure to spend some time in Monument Park, an open-air museum that contains a collection of monuments, plaques and retired numbers honoring players, including Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.
Keep in mind that both of these attractions get crowded on game days.
Download the MLB.com Ballpark app before your visit. It’s an essential companion when visiting your favorite Major League Baseball ballparks. It complements and personalizes the trip with mobile check-in, social media, offers, rewards and exclusive content. Select MLB ballparks also offer mobile food ordering and seat and experience upgrade components.
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For helpful tips and recommendations on things to see, do and eat in and around all three Northeast Major League Baseball stadiums, be sure to check out our full Northeast Baseball Guide at AAA.com/Baseball.