I finally got to see the new Yankee Stadium. It was November, so obviously no game – but they do stadium tours in the offseason. Actually, Army (West Point) had just played a football game the Saturday before so you can see where the field is still set up for football. I knew about the Pinstripe Bowl, but didn’t know they played other college football games there too.
This is a picture taken from the press box. You can get a good sense of the different levels beyond the left field foul pole.
Here’s another shot from the press box showing the 1st base side:
Here are the seats behind home plate. (Home plate is normally about where the goal post is.)
Here’s a view of the seats behind home plate taken from Monument Park in the outfield. The quality isn’t great (taken through a net), but you get the idea.
I highly recommend the stadium tour. Not only can you have a leisurely visit in Monument Park (as opposed to being rushed through before a game), but you get to see the Yankees Museum inside the stadium, which has Babe Ruth’s and Lou Gehrig’s jerseys, World Series trophies and all kinds of other great memorabilia.
I got to go to St. Louis, so a trip to Busch Stadium was a must. Actually two – we went to a night game and then went back the next day for a stadium tour.
The stadium is right downtown. In this picture, you can see the Gateway Arch just beyond the outfield.
On the first base side, there are 4 levels – which wraps around home plate to the beginning of the third base side. The rest of the third base side only has 3. This picture is taken from the 4th (top level) fairly close to the where the 4th level stops. If you click the picture to see the larger version, you can see the 4 levels in right field and the 3 levels in left field.
In the picture below, you can see the green seats behind home plate (Cardinals Club). If you look to the left of the press box/suite level, you can also see how level 1 extends higher beyond the dugouts. The seats above the press box/suite level are level 2.
The picture below gives you a good feel for levels 1 – 3. (You can just barely see the bottom of level 4 above the foul pole.)
Here is a good view of the outfield bleachers:
You can also see the image of the Gateway Arch cut into the outfield. One of the things they told us on the stadium tour was that the lawnmowers have GPS units and a computer program to cut that image into the outfield grass.
The stadium tour (and the stadium experience) was good, but not great. St. Louis is a hard-core baseball town. I’m from Alabama and I think I may have seen more people wearing Cardinals shirts (not just at the game, in general) than I normally see wearing Auburn and Alabama shirts combined at home. The Cardinals have more World Series championships than any other team except the Yankees (although the Yankees are way ahead).
It seemed to me like the Cardinal fans were so hard-core, that there was no need for any other entertainment. (I saw multiple elderly women keeping scoresheets.) I’m a huge baseball fan. so I respect that – but they were playing the Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton was hurt, and I don’t think I knew one guy in the Marlins line-up that night. So, a little extra might have added to the experience.
There was a lot of construction going on next to the stadium and I think that was going to be an entertainment district, so that should help. Don’t get me wrong – St. Louis was a fun town, and if you’re a baseball fan – you need to go to Busch Stadium. It was fun, but just very generic.
Whenever I’m looking online to buy tickets for a baseball game, I always have a hard time visually translating the 2-dimensional overhead view seating map. (“Is that section in green at the back of the first deck or the front of the second deck?”) I always end up trying to search for pictures of the stadium to make sense of it.
In case anyone else has similar issues (maybe it’s just me) – I’m posting this. I just did a Turner Field stadium tour (which was great by the way), which gave me a good chance to take a lot of pictures.
Click here for the official Turner Field seating chart on Braves.com. I just discovered that if you click a section on this map – it shows a picture of the field taken from that section.
As you can see in the picture below (click the picture for a larger view), Turner Field basically has 3 levels. Sections numbered in the 100’s and 200’s are on the lowest level – 100’s below the walkway and 200’s above. This shot is taken from right behind a 200 level section. The 100 level seats are below the walkway and rails. If you look across the stadium – you can get a better sense of 100 vs. 200.
The sections numbered in the 300s are in the middle level, in front of the suites. Sections numbered in the 400s are in the upper deck. (You can just see the bottom of the upper deck in right field in the picture above.)
The concourse area on the terrace level (behind the 200 sections) is very spacious by ballpark standards. Lots of room to get around to bathrooms and concession stands. (Picture below is dark, but you get the idea.)
The picture below is the view from the press box. You can get a good sense of the 100 (below the walkway) vs 200 (above the walkway) sections.
The visiting team’s bullpen is just to the left of the foul pole. The open area below the giant screen in center field that looks like a bullpen is actually the sod farm where they grow extra grass to replace worn spots. The Braves’ bullpen is beyond right field (not shown in this picture).
Notice the area under the big Delta sign. You’ll notice there’s no section shown on the seating chart there. The 755 Club is located there.
The picture below zooms in on that area. The area above all the pennants is the 755 Club. Membership is $500/year, but many tickets you can find on eBay include 755 Club access.
Behind the outfield, there is lots of stuff to do before the game (or during if you have kids that get bored during the game). If you click on the picture above for a larger view, look in the area between the 755 club and the big screen and you can see through to the Fan Plaza beyond the outfield. Here is a panoramic view of Fan Plaza from Braves.com.
The picture below shows the view from the 755 club. This view gives you a good view of the 300 sections. (Notice how the suites have a couple of rows of stadium seats on the other side of the white barrier. Seats below the white barrier are the 300 sections.)
In the picture below, the area under the big Budweiser sign is the Chop House, a restaurant in the stadium where you can sit and watch the game. (You can see the Braves’ bullpen from here – to the right of the State Farm sign.)
Cool tidbit #1 – tickets for the skinny sections on the very ends of the upper deck (sections 422 and 437) are $1, if you buy them the day of the game.
Cool tidbit #2 – you can bring food into Turner Field. Here are the details from Braves.com – Food, non-alcoholic drinks (non-glass, non-aluminum) and soft-sided coolers (with the hard plastic liner removed) ARE permitted.