What a difference a couple of years makes. When the Yankees resided in the “old” Yankee Stadium, the bleachers were the quirky, alcohol-free section with a separate entrance and no access to the rest of the park. They were home to the famous “Bleacher Creatures,” but in terms of fan friendliness and value, they left much to be desired – especially in the “auxiliary” left field bleachers which seemed to be miles away. Fast-forward to the current stadium and Yankees tickets in the bleachers – left field or right field – are widely accepted as some of the best value tickets in all of sports.
Upon the opening of the new stadium in April 2009, much was made about the obstructed views in the bleachers – specifically sections 201 and 239. At the time, we were some of the Yankees’ harshest critics regarding these obstructions. As reflected in a quote that we provided to the NY Times, we couldn’t understand how the planners were able to justify building a membership-only structure (The Mohegan Sun Sports Bar) that would prevent hundreds of fans from seeing an entire half of the outfield.
We’ll never understand the thought process behind the obstructions, but after spending a year exploring the new Yankee Stadium, the non-obstructed bleacher sections have become our favorite places to sit. The views from inside and even directly behind these sections (202, 203, 204, 235, 236, 237, 238) are breathtaking.
With a face value of $12, the prices can’t be beat. Comparatively, our season tickets are in the Grandstand (upper deck) and have a face value of $20. During the 2009 playoffs, we happily traded our higher priced Grandstand tickets with someone who had seats in the back rows of the left field bleachers. If you can deal with not having a seat back, the bleachers are the place to be. The atmosphere is festive and if the wind blows in the right direction, you can actually smell the outfield grass – something you can’t dream of doing from the the upper deck.It is important to note that the bleachers still aren’t for everyone. Beer vendors aren’t allowed to sell their product within the confines of these sections, but unlike the last few years at the old stadium, fans are allowed to bring beer back in. This leads to a rowdy atmosphere, and one that isn’t necessarily family friendly. The bleacher cafe area features various food and drink options, but gets packed with fans thoroughly enjoying their adult beverages.
The aforementioned bleacher creatures reside in the right field bleachers, in sections 202 and 203. This is undoubtedly the best atmosphere in the stadium, but it isn’t for the faint of heart. If you are offended by some foul language and even the occasional brawl, this might not be the section for you.
The great thing about the new Yankee Stadium is that you once you’re through the gates, you can walk around the entire structure and get a feel for the energy and atmosphere in each section. The next time you’re there, take a walk out behind the bleacher sections and experience the atmosphere. If you were scared off by the bleachers in the old stadium, now might be the time to give them another chance.