So I made my first trip to the new Yankee Stadium this weekend and was lucky enough to see a Yankees/Red Sox game. First, let me say that it was part of a great August sweep of the Roid Red Sox and included a David Ortiz press conference and a 15 inning walk off win. Saturday’s game was a great 5-0 win with CC Sabathia taking a no-hitter deep into the 6th inning.
Overall I thought the new stadium was nice. It lacks some of the intimacy of the old stadium but actually has good food choices coupled with wider walkways. I have two complaints, however:
- There was too much going on during the game. Too much music played too loudly, too many animations on the scoreboard, too many times I was told to cheer. I really do wish the stadium was a little quieter with fewer gimmicks.
- The bigger complaint is that I didn’t feel very welcome at the new stadium. I really felt like the attitude was that I should feel grateful to be at my team’s stadium. The staff seemed a little colder, the rules a little more rigid. I heard a new company is running security for the stadium. That might explain it.
I am looking forward to taking my son to the stadium when he gets older because the grass is just as green and the team is just as good. Let’s go Yankees!