Whether you’re visiting for the first time or are a diehard fan, our Yankee Stadium guide has you covered if you plan on seeing baseball in the Bronx this year. We 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 reputable ways to get Yankees tickets, including the official MLB website or the stadium’s box office (open on game days until the 7th inning and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday on non-game days). You can also take advantage of special AAA member discounts on MLB games with AAA Tickets.
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 other boroughs, Long Island, Westchester County and New Jersey. Parking lots and garages line the streets leading up to the stadium.
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.
Public Transportation: The 4, B and D trains make stops at 161st Street-Yankee Stadium and a trip from midtown Manhattan takes approximately 25 minutes. Note that the B and D only stop there at certain times of the day.
If you’re coming from outside of New York City, take the Long Island Railroad or MTA Metro-North Railroad and transfer to a subway. If riding the LIRR to Penn Station, 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. Metro-North’s Hudson line goes directly to Yankees-E 153rd Street station from Grand Central Terminal in approximately 15 minutes.
The MTA has detailed information on on all public transportation options, including extra Metro-North shuttle trains and direct stops on game days and buses.
Hire a car: Why not hire a driving service to take you to and from the stadium? This will guarantee you a relaxed and stress-free trip.
Yankee Stadium Concessions and Restaurants
The stadium has a wide selection of food vendors to satisfy your hunger beyond just hot dogs and fries. Spice things up with Harlem’s own fried hot bird sandwich from Marcus Samuelsson’s new Streetbird stand in section 112, try a sushi burrito at Benihana in section 127 or stick with a classic hand-carved steak sandwich from Lobel’s of New York in section 134. Need something sweet? The Yankee Stadium Grand Slam Shakes found in sections 112, 125 and 324 are hard to resist.
For a casual sit-down meal before the game, the Hard Rock Cafe is accessible from outside the stadium (ticket required). And if you really want to spoil yourself, leave a few innings early and watch the rest of the game on the TVs at NYY Steakhouse. Among the most indulgent options on the menu of dry-aged steaks and seafood, the tender 27-ounce long bone rib-eye steak arrives Instagram-ready with your name carved into the bone.
Food Near Yankee Stadium
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: 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 Soul Food Bar and Lounge: Sam’s 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 history lives on in the New York Yankees Museum, free with a valid game day ticket. Highlights include a ball wall featuring hundreds of baseballs autographed by past and present Yankees, a showcase of World Series rings and an exhibit honoring George Steinbrenner. Located on the main level adjacent to Section 210, the museum is open 90 minutes before the first pitch through the end of the 8th inning.
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 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.
And if you need a hotel, find great rates with AAA on nearby lodging.
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.
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