The new Yankee Stadium is very similar in design to the original Yankee Stadium, both in its original 1923 state and its post-renovation state in 1976. The exterior resembles the original look of the 1923 Yankee Stadium.
The interior, a modern ballpark with greater space and increased amenities, features a playing field that closely mimics the 1988–2008 dimensions of the old park. The current stadium features 4,300 club seats and 68 luxury suites.
The controversial price tag was $1.5 billion, which makes it not only the most expensive baseball stadium ever built, but the second-most expensive stadium of any kind (after MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey).
Although Yankee Stadium has been praised for its amenities and its usage of "classic" design elements from the original facility, the new stadium has been widely criticized for fan-unfriendly practices.
Seats within the first eight rows in the lower bowl, called the "Legends Suite", rank among the highest priced tickets in professional sports, with the average ticket in the section selling for $510 and the most expensive single game-day ticket costing $2,600.
During construction of the stadium, a construction worker and avid Boston Red Sox fan buried a replica jersey of Red Sox player David Ortiz underneath the visitors' dugout with the objective of placing a "hex" on the Yankees, much like the "Curse of the Bambino" that had plagued the Red Sox long after trading Ruth to the Yankees. After the worker was exposed by co-workers, he was forced to help exhume the jersey.
The Yankees organization then donated the retrieved jersey to the Jimmy Fund, a charity started in 1948 by the Red Sox' National League rivals, the Boston Braves, but long championed by the Red Sox and particularly associated with Ted Williams.
Despite the Yankee terrorist, the new ballpark has a beautiful collection of photographs and other memorabilia from the Yankees proud history in The Bronx. The Yankees Museum is filled with great memories for all baseball fans.
The train platform of the 4, 5 & 6 train takes you to Yankee Stadium from midtown Manhattan in 20 minutes. Old Yankee Stadium still standing to the left. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
Yankee Stadium, the newest home of the New York Yankees in the Bronx, New York City on July 22, 2009. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
The stadium is reachable via the 161st Street – Yankee Stadium station complex, the same that served the old Yankee Stadium, by the 4 B D trains of the New York City Subway. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
The exterior resembles the original look of the 1923 Yankee Stadium. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
The New York Yankees take batting practice prior to their game against the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
The new stadium is meant to be very similar in design to the original 1923 Yankee Stadium. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
A full house on weekday afternoon game against the last place Orioles. The grandstands behind home plate in the upper level were great seats for $25.00 dollars each. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
Young fan enjoys the action in grandstands. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
The Great Hall at Yankee Stadium, the home of the New York Yankees in the Bronx, New York City on July 22, 2009. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett follows through with a pitch to the Orioles DH Luke Scott in the 4th inning. Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is playing third base. (Gordon Donovan)
Freddy Sez carries a frying pan with a shamrock painted on it, which he says "Brings 'em luck." He also carries a number of colorful hand-painted signs adorned with messages to encourage the team and the fans. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
Nick Swisher patrols right field with the bleacher creatures and Monument Park beyond the outfield wall. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
A photo of opening day at Yankee Stadium in 1923 with the original Yankee Stadium bronze eagle monument from the facade. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
Alex Rodriguez comes to bat at Yankee Stadium, the home of the New York Yankees in the Bronx, New York City on July 22, 2009. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
The center field scoreboard, which measures 59 x 101 feet, is the third-largest high-definition scoreboard in the world. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
Yankee Stadium, the home of the New York Yankees in the Bronx, New York City on July 22, 2009. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
Two fans watch the New York Yankees take batting practice prior to their game against the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
The food court, with its limited seating, has some great images of Yankee stars eating or endorsing food products. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
A couple eating garlic french fries and suggested we try them - you can't wrong here. So we got fries, a Philly cheese steak and a beverage (no lids), and walked around for a place to eat on the field level. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
A Highlanders hot dog ad on one of the concession stands. One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Baltimore in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles, and moved to New York City in 1903, becoming known as the New York Highlanders before being officially renamed the "Yankees" in 1913. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
Just as he walked around away another guard came over and checked everyone's ticket. He got to us again, same thing, but this guy wanted us to move one section over and in the last row. We were already three rows from the back. Just as he walked away yet another brain trust of the Yankees security came over and told us we had to eat someplace else. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
The legends box seats with warnings on the back of the seats. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
A display case of the New York Yankees World Championship trophies and other memorabilia. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
An autographed baseball signed by Babe Ruth on display in the Yankees Museum. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
There are six monuments and 24 plaques in Monument Park. The three original monuments of Gehrig, Huggins and Ruth were on the field of play in the first Yankee Stadium. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
The plaques of Yankee greats Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio are seen in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
Retired numbers of former New York Yankee greats in Monument Park. The three original monuments of Gehrig, Huggins and Ruth were on the field of play in the first Yankee Stadium. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)
Ballpark: B - The decorative frieze with pennants like the old stadium and how they honor history is great. You can see the field from all section concourses, except behind home plate where there’s the Wizard of Oz curtain blocking view of field.
Fans & Atmosphere: B - Feels corporate with lots of ads and no place to sit and eat like at Citi Field, Citizens Bank, Nationals Park, and Fenway Park. Outfield areas are great place to enjoy game because of bars. $25.00 a ticket in Grandstand behind home plate in upper level.
Food: B - Garlic french fries. Did I mention the Garlic French Fries? Cheese Steak is great. Water and lemonade in a cup with no lid. $33.00 for all food purchased.
Mascot: INC - We don't need no stinking mascot. We have 26 rings!
Staff: F - Impolite, poorly trained, asked two staff members who walked around with a sign "ask me a question if you need help?" They didn't know answer. Security staff are not too swift.
Team Tradition: A - Yankee Pride is everywhere. Very well done in the Great Hall, museum, and in food court with photos of past Yankee players eating. This is where Citi Field and Mets lose out.
Location: B - The new ballpark was constructed across the street of the 1923 Yankee Stadium, on the former site of Macombs Dam Park. A quick subway ride from midtown Manhattan, limited parking and plenty of traffic.
Photos taken July 22, 2009, using a Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR with a EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Standard lens and a PowerShot SD970 IS Digital Camera.