First thing you notice is its size. Its massive, and at first a bit intimidating, it’s as if you’re walking into a modern version of the Roman Collesium, which the original 1923 building was modeled after. But once inside, you find it to be spacious, comfortable and impressive. The Yankee greats lining the Great Hall immediately gives you a sense of the history steeped in the franchise. The Museum and Monument park are seamlessly woven into the fabric of the facility, as opposed to the carved out version they had across the street.
It is in every way a modernized version of the original 1923 stadium, and I’m amazed this place is a actually few thousand seats smaller, because it looks about a third bigger than the place across the street. The reason why it has less capacity is the two upper levels are far less steep of an incline, which was one thing I always hated about the upper deck in the old building. Access around the building is a breeze, the hallways are MUCH wider and there’s much more open spaces so even as you’re walking around, you can still see the field.
From everywhere I looked, what I heard was true. There’s just not a bad seat in the house. Much more legroom, seats are wider so you’re not elbowing the guy next to you if you bring a book. The new huge diamond vision is crystal clear, even from the other side of the building it still looks better than my TV at home. I LOVE the old-timey scoreboards on the outfield wall. Even the souvenir stands and bars are tastefully done, not as intrusive as in the old facility. The Hard Rock, which at first I thought was a bad idea, looks like its been there forever and is a welcome addition. The security staff has more of a nightclub feel than the old police presence. Polite, well dressed and helpful. The difference between the new stadium and the old one is you can actually take a date to the new building without feeling like a tool. Grab dinner at 6 and see the game afterward.
The new place is magnificent and grand. I’d like to say there was something about the new place I didn’t like, but to be honest I can’t think of one.
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