Yankee Stadium is the iconic home of baseball side New York Yankees and is arguably one of the best known stadiums in the world. On April 21st 2014 it was announced that New York City FC would play their home matches here until their new soccer stadium is completed.
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New York City FC Stadium Guide
|Team:||New York City FC|
|Address:||1 East 161st Street, Bronx, New York|
|Pitch Size:||100m x 64m|
|Stadium Owner:||New York City Industrial Development Agency|
|Operator:||Yankee Stadium LLC|
|Construction Cost:||$2.3 billion|
|Structural Engineer:||Thornton Tomasetti|
Yankee Stadium History
The current iteration of Yankee Stadium first opened on 3rd April 2009 with an exhibition baseball match between the Yankees and Chicago Cubs. Costing an estimated $2.3 billion with over $1.2 billion contributed through public subsidies. Taking over three years to build, the desire for the iconic baseball team to move to new facilities emerged as far back as the 1980s.
Designed by sports Architectural firm Populous, the new version of the Yankee Stadium was designed to closely resemble the appearance of the original 1923 stadium with the exterior made through extensive use of Indiana limestone, granite and pre-cast concrete. On the inside, the stands mirror the original seating arrangement however comfort levels are in line with modern stadia, capable of seating just under 50,000.
Although the designers Populous have previously built multi-purpose soccer stadiums such as England’s Wembley, and Arsenal’s Emirates, The Yankee Stadium is very much designed to just play baseball matches. This means that the rectangular playing pitch required for soccer only just about fits inside the dimensions of the baseball field, with the distance created between some sections of the crowd comparable to Olympic stadiums.
The first football match held at Yankee Stadium was part of the World Football Challenge between Chelsea and Paris Saint German on July 22nd 2012, and a month later A.C Milan took on Real Madrid with each game attracting 38,202 and 49,474 fans respectively.
Attendees for New York City F.C’s inaugural season are however expected to be just over half of the one-off friendlies, with the capacity scaled down to 27,470 by default. At this moment in time, the 2015 established franchise haven’t got the same pulling power as one-off European Soccer Friendlies, however expect things to change when the club move to a purpose-built ground at the Bronx in 2018.
New York City FC Info
|Full Name:||New York City Football Club|
|Rivals:||D.C. United, New England Revolution, Philadelphia Union, New York City FC, New York Cosmos|
|Team Colours:||Blue and White|
|Club Mascot:||The Pigeon|
|Nicknames:||The Pigeons, The (Bronx) Blues, The Boys in Blue|
|Famous Players:||Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, Valentín Castellanos, Ronald Matarrita, Jack Harrison|
|Famous Managers:||Patrick Vieira|
|Team Owner:||City Football Group & Yankee Global Enterprises|
|Team Goalscorer:||David Villa (80)|
|Most Appearances:||Sean Johnson (140)|
Yankee Stadium Seating Plan
Yankee Stadium Away Section
Supporters of the oppositions team are primarily housed within sections 223 and 224 of the stadium, however as is customary in US sports fans of both sides are likely to sit together in other sections of the ground.
Best Pubs near ground
The club have currently teamed up with numerous pubs throughout New York to guarantee that New York City’s matches are shown live on TV with sound. For a complete list please check out this pub page.
Once you get to the Yankee Stadium there are loads of points where you can purchase a beer or soft drink from.
Food - Places to eat
New York is famous for its diverse culinary options and inside the Yankee Stadium this is certainly reflected with fans served a vast array of dining options. Of course classic stadium fare such as hot dogs, hamburgers and popcorn all remain staple items on sale.
New York City FC Club Shop
As NYC FC are newly established it doesn’t appear as if the club have set up a permanent shop just yet, however you can purchase merchandise from various kiosks on match days as well as online via the club’s official store.
Can you take a stadium Tour?
Although there may be a Baseball tour of the Yankee Stadium, currently New York City do not offer soccer fans the chance to see the various facilities first hand, however expect this to change when the club finally moved into their new purpose-built stadium in a few years.
For now you can make do with this Virtual Venue Tour.
How to buy New York City FC Tickets
Fans wishing to watch New York City F.C in action during their inaugural season can purchase tickets online from the official Ticketmaster page which is the clubs preferred ticket vendor.
2015 Ticket Prices
- Legends Club Seats (Dark Blue): $250.00
- Champions Club Seats (Light Blue): $150.00
- Delta Sky360 Club Seats (Pale Blue): $100.00
- Category 1 (Green):$65.00
- Category 2 (Purple): $55.00
- Category 3 (Light Green): $45.00
- Category 4 (Yellow): $35.00
- Category 5 (Dark Grey): $30.00
- Category 6 (Grey): $25.00
- Supporters (Orange): $25.00
- Bleachers (Red): $35.00
All prices are listed as illustrative subject and are subject to service fees which can add $5.00 or so on to the total price.
How to get to Yankee Stadium
Where is Yankee Stadium?
Yankee Stadium is situated on One East 161st Street within the Bronx which is the northernmost of the five New York boroughs.
The address for satnav is:
- 1 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451, United States
Like any major city driving in New York is notoriously chaotic due to the large amounts of congestion, however the parking situation could be a lot worse with the existence of 10 or so parking lots near to the ground. The three largest garages fans can use on matchdays are Ruppert Plaza, East 161 Street, and 153 Street, although it’s still advisable that you get there early to avoid stress.
Train - Public Transport
There is a special Metro-North train service which connects the stadium to the rest of New York during matchdays. Known as the Train To The game service, it is one of the most popular ways of travelling to the Yankee Baseball field on gamedays.
Hotels Near Yankee Stadium
The two closest hotels to the stadium are probably the Howard Johnson Inn or Days Inn Bronx, although to be honest there aren’t too many options immediately within the vicinity of Yankee Stadium. With the vast metro system on hand and a whole city to explore you shouldn’t limit yourself to any particular area.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at Yankee Stadium?
American side New York City FC play their home matches at Yankee Stadium.
What is the capacity of Yankee Stadium?
As of 2021 Yankee Stadium has an official seating capacity of 49,642 for Football matches.
When was Yankee Stadium opened?
Yankee Stadium officially opened in 2009 and is home to New York City FC
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Yankee Stadium in 2021. Please visit the official website of New York City FC for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.