Yankee Stadium, A Monumental Failure

If I Can Make It There…
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, for the amount of money, time and effort that went into building the new Yankee stadium, it’s a shame they really let the fans down. I’m a lifelong Yankee fan. I was essentially born into a Yankee family and I’m thankful for that. I am obsessed with baseball, I have two fantasy teams, I read numerous sports sites and blogs on the subject. I occasionally mess around with stats myself, especially during the fantasy season. They even brought us a title in the first season of their shiny new ballpark.

So for me, to say that that Yankees have disappointed me, hurts. While the new stadium is vast and provides many, many more amenities, seating options, restrooms and concessions, it really just lacks the quality and intimate feel I’ve experienced and read about in other ball parks. While sure, they have Nathan’s hotdogs from Coney Island, or local eatery, Brother Jimmies BBQ and a fancy NY Steak, it just doesn’t live up to the inventiveness and options at other stadiums across the country, even it’s cross-town rival, Citi Field.

It’s not just with food options either. Take for instance last week, I read in Tampa, the Devil Rays serve at least two of local brewery Cigar City’s beers. In St. Louis, they serve Schafly next to Budwieser. In Cleveland, they are selling a couple different craft beers, some costing as much as $30 a pop. At Citi Field, out in Queens, they are serving a special Brooklyn Brewery batch made just for Citi Field and Blue Smoke. (Also, just got wind they have Sixpoint on tap in certain sections)

What did I drink at Yankee stadium last weekend at their “Beers of the World” stand, how about a $12 Guinness, which certainly hit the spot, but it’s no Cigar City beer or anything close. You can also get a $11 tall boy of PBR, which I’m sure would outrage any hipster from Williamsburg. To be honest, it outrages me. The only “somewhat” craftbeer option at the stadium, is Goose Island(I know), which is limited to a few areas in the stadium. You have to search it out if you want one. If I’m paying $12 for a beer, there better be a lot of hops, abv, flavor or quantity.

It really is a shame the city and its inhabitants helped subsidize this wonderful stadium, yet many can’t afford to attend a game, nor watch it on TV(thanks Direct TV/Yes). And on the rare treat when they do get there, they are handed sub-par food and beverage options that cost a day’s salary. I’m not really sure who or what is to blame, but it makes me sad to be a supporter of this place, despite the team I love playing there.

The Yankees are supposed to be the standard of baseball, so I hope there’s more fan outrage and more public outcry against this stuff and the outrageous prices. I mean, we live in the greatest city in the world, with the best of everything, food and craftbeer included. I’ve noticed a lot of empty seats in the stadium this year and they’ve already had some of the lowest attendance figures in the stadium’s 2+ years. I really hope they see the writing on the wall. Fans are fed up.

And please, don’t get me started on the whole stupid subway race thing(the B doesn’t run half the time!?!) and Michael Kay’s awfulness. And why do you always have to wait on line despite more entrances, food vendors and bathrooms, yet less people in the stadium? Ugh! At least they got rid of Cotton Eye Joe.

I know, I know. I’m going on and on. But it’s a passion and to be honest, I never thought I’d say this, but for once, the Mets did something right. Citi Field is beautiful, has a great atmosphere and incredible food and beer options. Too bad the team stinks and it’s all the hell out in Queens. Grass is always greener I guess.

Listening Pile:
Public Enemy – Don’t Believe The Hype
I think you can guess why this is the song of the day. Check it!

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