Tip#1 – Grandstand Behind Home Plate
Now, of course, if money was no object, I’d want to be sitting in those Legends Suite seats behind home plate, which go for upwards of $1,500 a game. Then again, if I had that kind of money to throw around, I’d have Cameron Diaz feeding me popcorn at the Super Bowl.
So obviously money is an object with me, as I’m sure it is with you or you probably wouldn’t be here.
So here I’m going to say your best deal is the upper level grandstand seats, and the closer you get to home plate the better. Yes, these seats are fairly high up as they are in most ballparks with a level of suites and open concourses, but for some reason it doesn’t seem as bad here. Perhaps it’s the large crowds that show up for Yankees games despite the prices for the higher level tickets.
The upper level is sectioned into two parts, the 300 Level Terrace and the 400 Level Grandstand. The 300 Level Terrace seats are considerably more expensive and you’re not going to feel like you’re much closer to the action.
And behind home plate the 300 Level Sections are the “Jim Beam” seats; these include some nice bonuses (like entry into the climate-controlled Jim Beam Club) and can be had for a fairly reasonable price for some games, but they are still a bit more pricey than I like to shell out for a ballgame.
The price of the Grandstand seats decreases as you get past the baselines, but the view gets considerably worse too. There aren’t too many rows in the 400 Level sections, so it doesn’t get too high. The frieze will be prominently in your view at the top, but it won’t block your view of anything.
Finally, there is a roof over the higher rows of seats, which is nice for shade and for rainy days (although I usually get out of high areas during a storm).
The Grandstand seats behind home plate are my first choice for Yankee Stadium seating on a limited budget, and a limited budget is more limiting at Yankee Stadium than it is at most ballparks.
Tip #2 – Avoid Terrace Standing Room
However, there will be times, such as when a Yankee approaches a big milestone, that standing room will be your only option. There are several levels of standing room areas; should you end up with Terrace Standing Room, you’re best off just looking for another place to stand (or, if you’re lucky, an empty seat).
It’s as if the Yankees know that no one is going to actually stand in a designated spot in the upper level and will more likely search for an empty seat. Which you can, and so long as you don’t try to upgrade too much. But then there’s the stadium equivalent of looking over your shoulder; people coming into the stands that could possibly be the rightful owners of your seat, and it isn’t the most fun way to enjoy a ballgame.
If you pay more for the lower level standing room, you may well have a barstool to sit on and a counter to place your food and elbows (without regard to the social faux-pas), and so it’s not entirely a bad deal especially considering how much the seats in front of you cost. The Yankees do block people from swiping those stools if they don’t have specific tickets for them.
So if you don’t mind what sounds like a hefty charge for standing room, go for the Field Level tickets. But unless you want to search for a seat to poach in a packed house, avoid the Terrace Standing Room.
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