The Star’s 30-second ballpark tour: Yankee Stadium

The Star's 30-second ballpark tour: Yankee Stadium

The Star's Rustin Dodd offers a glimpse of ballparks across America. Next up: Yankee Stadium.
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The Star's Rustin Dodd offers a glimpse of ballparks across America. Next up: Yankee Stadium.

There is nothing like your first trip to a new ballpark. This has been true for 100 years, and it will be for 100 more.

The Royals will visit 18 road ballparks this season — 14 in the American League, four in the National League — and The Star has set out to offer a 30- to 45-second tour of every stadium … and a glimpse at where each venue ranks in baseball’s hierarchy of stadia.

Our third stop on the list is Yankee Stadium, the modern iteration of the House that Ruth Built.

[Previous tours: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Tropicana Field]

And we’re off.

The Ballpark: Yankee Stadium

The Capacity: 47,422

The Year it Opened: 2009

The Location: 1 East 161st Street, Bronx, New York

The Star’s Ranking: 15th

The Breakdown: Opened in 2009, the newest version of Yankee Stadium is palatial and clean, with open concourses, solid sight lines and a historic location. This is not the old stadium. But there is still a quintessential baseball vibe in the Bronx.

If there is a criticism, and this one has been lobbed before, it is that the park can feel like a replica of the older versions of Yankee Stadium in the same way that the New York-New York Hotel & Casino offers a replica of some iconic New York buildings in Las Vegas. That is slightly harsh, and not quite accurate. But the Yankees lost some history when they replaced the old stadium.

The Nearby Hangs: You can take the 4 train south into Manhattan. But yes, this is New York. There are options. I’m partial to the pizza at John’s Pizzeria of Bleecker Street. That’s not close to the ballpark. But it’s good. And one of the owners of Speedy Romeo, another pizza place which has locations in Brooklyn and on the Lower East Side, has a Kansas City connection. Another place with Kansas City ties: John Brown Smokehouse, a barbecue joint in Long Island City, Queens. Again, not that close to Yankee Stadium. But if you go there enough, you might run into former Chiefs running back Tony Richardson, who lives nearby.  

Rustin Dodd’s Full Ballpark Rankings

1. Fenway Park

2. AT&T Park

3. PNC Park

4. Camden Yards

5. Safeco Field

6. Wrigley Field

7. Dodger Stadium

8. Kauffman Stadium

9. Target Field

10. Petco Park

11. Coors Field

12. Citi Field

13. Minute Maid Park

14. Marlins Park

15. Yankee Stadium

16. Guaranteed Rate Field

17. Rogers Centre

18. Chase Field

19. Nationals Park

20. Miller Park

21. Citizens Bank Park

22. Comerica Park

23. Great American Ball Park

24. Globe Life Park

25. SunTrust Park

26. Busch Stadium

27. Progressive Field

28. Tropicana Field

29. Oakland Alameda-County Coliseum

30. Angel Stadium of Anaheim