If you are interested in seeing a baseball game in New York, there is no better choice than going to a Yankees game! There is probably nothing that is more American than cheering on this storied team along with 10,000 other baseball fans in Yankee Stadium.
The New York Yankees are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise and have won the most titles of any team in the league – 27 in all. In light of their storied past, they consistently call themselves “World Champion”. The New York Mets are the other baseball team of the Big Apple, but the Yankees are undoubtedly the more renowned team.
Besides basketball, football, and ice hockey, baseball is among the top four major sports in the US. You can talk baseball – strategy, and execution – with fans over a beer for hours.
Cheap tickets for the New York Yankees start at about $10 – but I do not recommend you buy these. The seats are way up in the upper decks (400’s) and it is difficult to make out the ball. My recommendation is for the seats in the 100’s and 200’s sections – tickets in these sections start at $30, and if you spend $100 you will have a good view of the playing field and the players. We were sitting in section 128 and paid approx. $150 – but those were nice seats in Yankee Stadium!
If you cannot find a Yankees game during your visit, you may have the option of going to a New York Mets game.
The Yankees play in their beautiful stadium in the Bronx that opened in 2009. The stadium has a capacity for 50,000 spectators. If you go, you can say you have sat in the most expensive ballpark in the world as the price tag for the stadium was an incredible 1.5 billion dollars.
The Best Way to Get to the Games
Getting to Yankees games is easy: subway lines and stop directly at the stadium – the subway station is called 161 St., Yankee Stadium. Weekdays the train takes you there as well. It takes less than 30 minutes from midtown to get to the stadium. You can’t miss it – just follow the big crowds of fans!
Also, aerial views of Yankee Stadium are fantastic: take a helicopter tour of New York and see for yourself! You can also take a guided tour on the ground; tours take approx. 45 to 60 minutes and they are included in the New York Pass!
When Should You Arrive at the Game?
The traditional pre-game singing of the national anthem, when everyone gets up from their seats, removes their baseball cap, and places their right hand over their heart, is an emotionally-charged moment that you should not miss. That means that you have to avoid the long wait lines that form just before the game start. I would recommend getting to the stadium 45 to 60 before game time. That will give you some time to watch Yankee Stadium slowly but surely fill with fans.
More About the New York Yankees
Like many teams, the New York Yankees have experienced high points as well as low ones. The Yankees were founded over 100 years ago in 1901. Their first home was not New York, but Baltimore. Two years after their founding, the team moved to Manhattan where it assumed the name New York Highlanders. They were soon given the nickname, “Yankees”, a word that refers to a person from the northern states. The name caught on and since 1911, the baseball team has been known as the New York Yankees. The team’s many successes ensured that the sport of baseball grew in popularity and helped make the New York Yankees the most well-known baseball team in the US.
Successes (World Series & American League Title)
With the superstar Babe Ruth, the Yankees began their first successful era, which would last for 40 years. Between 1923 and 1964, the Yankees won the American League Title 29 times and the World Series 19 times. This was followed by a decade of no significant wins which finally came to an end in the 1970s. The New York Yankees looked like the team of old and won World Series Titles numbers 20 and 21 as well as American League Titles numbers 30 through 33. From 1990 to the early 2000s, the Yankees added 10 more championships, 4 of those were World Series titles. The last year that the Yankees won both titles was 2009. They have come close the last several years and should see another big title soon, given the strong support of their fans!
Fans & Atmosphere
The typical New York Yankees fan fits this description: jersey, baseball cap, and fully engrossed in the game. You can see that the game not only attracts men, but entire families come to the game to have a good time.
New York Yankees FAQs
How long is a New York Yankees baseball game?
Baseball games are very flexible and can take anything from 1 to 8 hours. The average is around 3 hours, so you should definitely plan for half a day if you want to see a baseball game in New York.
How much is a Yankees ticket?
You can buy New York Yankees tickets for as little as $20, depending on your seat selection. The higher up you sit, the less expensive it will be.
Why are the Yankees called the Yankees?
The Yankees were founded not in New York, but in Baltimore. Two years after their founding, the team moved to Manhattan where it assumed the name New York Highlanders. Soon after they were given the nickname, “Yankees”. The word refers to a person from the Northern states.