The 4 Train
The MTA in New York City runs a pretty tight ship. Yes, trains get crowded, but they’re pretty efficient and relatively clean considering the traffic boarding on and off of them. There is an elaborate subway network in New York City that can get you from just about anywhere in the five boroughs to Yankee Stadium in two train rides and the transfer is usually free.
Like many Yankees fans, I would be coming from New Jersey, so it’s likely that I would be using some sort of public transportation to get to a main transportation hub in Manhattan. Using the NJ Transit Northeast Corridor Line, for example, would drop me off at Penn Station.
There are three MTA Lines—the B, D, and 4—that take riders to Yankee Stadium from Manhattan and Brooklyn. They all stop at the 161st St./Yankee Stadium Station, which is right on top of the main entrance of the ballpark. All of them get the job done just fine, but I prefer the 4 for a few reasons:
- The 4 becomes elevated on the way to the Bronx, as opposed to the B and D which remain subway trains. Until you exit the station, you won’t see daylight from the B or D. From the 4 platform you can see the Stadium, which is as it should be.
- The B and D lines don’t always stop at the Stadium; both lines run the same route but at stop at Yankee Stadium only at certain times of day.
I think I have this figured out but I’m never sure: the B goes to Yankee Stadium during rush hour on weekdays, and the D goes there at all other times. At any time you can use one of them, but I’m never sure which one, and it doesn’t take long to walk a few blocks to a 4 station rather than figure that out.
- The 4 line has more stops but is an express train most of the time, including when you will likely to be headed to the game and need it most. From Grand Central to 161st is 13 stops, but on an express train it is only five. Not so the B or D.
- Finally there’s one last thing I don’t mention in the Yankee Stadium E-Guide: The 4 and 6 trains share the same line (Lexington Avenue), and using the 4 after a day game allows you to hop off and get on the 6 to Little Italy and Lombardi’s Pizza. It may not be a valuable Yankee Stadium tip, but I'm not just just a one-trick pony!
One last thing; if you’re coming an hour and a half before game time or less, the train will start to get packed with Yankee fans. If you can, try to hop on somewhere south of Grand Central Station, for a better chance of landing a seat.
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