The New York Yankees are one of the most beloved teams in American baseball. They’ve churned out some of the most famous ball players – from Babe Ruth to Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod).
You don’t even need to be a New Yorker to be a fan. Yankees caps can be seen on fans all over the US –and as far away as Asia. Pretty far from the team’s home in the Bronx.
Every true fan makes the pilgrimage to Yankee Stadium at least once in their lives. If you’re a Yankee fan (or even just a fan at heart), seeing a Yankee’s game in New York City should be on your must-do list.
History of the Yankees
The Yankees date back to the turn of the 20th Century. The original Yankee Stadium was located between 165th and 168th Streets. It has since moved several times, but the team was originally called the Highlanders because the first stadium was built on Hilltop Park. Sports writers changed the team’s name to the “Yanks” inadvertently because the team name was too long to fit in articles. The “Yanks” moved to the Polo Grounds in 1913.
By the 1920s, the Yankees were considered one of the best teams (if not the best) in the in the MLB. Strong players, such as Joe DiMaggio, only helped to solidify the team’s unbeatable record.
When to Visit Yankee Stadium
Of course, the best time to visit Yankee Stadium is when the Yankees are playing. Luckily, they play in New York City from April through October (the World Series is the official end to baseball season). Some weeks the Yankees travel to other cities to play rival teams, so make sure you’re in town when they are if you want to catch a game at Yankee Stadium.
If you’re traveling during the off-season or if they happen to be out of town the week you’re visiting, you can always head to Yankee Stadium for a tour. You’ll learn all about the history of the team, check out some areas of the stadium that are normally not open to the public and hear some cool stories.
How to Get to Yankee Stadium
The easiest way to get to Yankee Stadium is by subway. Luckily, there are plenty of subway lines that will take you right to the stadium. Just be sure to budget a little extra time to get there; everyone else in the New York City metro area will be headed to the game too — and trains can get pretty crowded.
If you’re in Manhattan, take an Uptown 4, B or D train to 161st Street/Yankee Stadium. It should take approximately 30 minutes to get to the stadium from Manhattan, but budget at least 45-to-60 minutes. You may want to plan on arriving early to grab a hot dog and a cold beverage before the first pitch.
Where to Eat During a Game
The new Yankee Stadium has dozens of food options. Gone are the days when visitors snacked merely on Cracker Jacks. These days, you can get everything from sushi to bagels here. Though ballpark favorite (like hot dogs, hamburgers and corn dogs) are all still available, too. Head to the Noodle Bowl for some cheeseburger dumplings or to local barbecue chain Might Quinn’s for a mouthwatering pulled-pork sandwich.