Built at a cost of more than two billion dollars, the new Yankee Stadium is an impressive combination of original architecture and modern conveniences. And while some of the favorite seats from the old ballpark - like the overhanging third deck - did not make it to the new stadium in exact form, new Yankee Stadium boasts some of the best seats in all of baseball.
If you're headed to a Yankees game and getting the best view is most important to you, look no further than seats on the second level - especially near the infield. These aren't just the best seats in Yankee Stadium - these are perhaps the best seats in any major league ballpark.
What makes the 200 level at Yankee Stadium so spectacular is a perfect combination of elevation and distance to the field. These seats hang over the lower seating bowl - a feature that has become common in retro-style ballparks. This creates shade and cover for the seats below, and it allows the second seating deck to be closer to the field. Unlike most stadiums; however, there are fewer than 30 rows of seats in the main seating bowl at Yankee Stadium. Most stadiums with an overhanging deck have 40 or more rows in the lower bowl. By being ten rows closer to the field and lower to the ground, sections like 214-226 feel as if they are literally on top of the field. If you're sitting in one of the lower rows of these sections, you may not even see the field level seats below you - furthering the illusion that you're as close to the field as you can get. Whether you're sitting on the infield, down the line or in the outfield, the 200 level sections offer the best sitelines at a Yankees game. Just be sure not to confuse them with bleacher sections that are also labeled in the 200s.
As for other locations within Yankee Stadium that offer a great view, you can't go wrong with anything on the lower level behind home plate. The only complaints about these seats is that they might be too low to the ground, the net gets in the way and, oh yeah, they tend to cost a pretty penny. You can avoid two of these issues by purchasing tickets a little farther from home plate where the netting is not in your way (the net runs from section 011 to 029) and ticket prices are a little more agreeable.
If a home plate view is important and you want to stay within a budget, you'll likely be priced out of all seats on the first two seating decks. Within these sections all home plate tickets are priced at a premium due to their status as club seats. This will have you looking at tickets in the 300 and 400 level sections. Among these, we prefer rows 2 and above in sections 318-322. These seats are located just a few steps down from the concourse and will give you an excellent view of the field and the scoreboard. Unfortunately, as there are issues with railings on the 200 level, the glass in front of the first row of the 300 level is highly disruptive.
A few additional notes
- The first two and last three rows of 200 level seats should be avoided; railings and signage obstruct views from the lower rows, while an overhang can be distracting in rows 20 and higher
- Most obstructed view seats at Yankee Stadium have been removed; specifically, sections 201 and 239 have been replaced by a common bar and seating area that is open to all ticketholders
- Great elevated view from behind home plate
- Club level amenities
- Cushioned seats and in-seat wait service to make watching the game more comfortable
- Phenomenal elevation and excellent sitelines to home plate
- Rows 3 and above can comfortably see above the railing at the front of the section
- Some of the best seats in all of baseball
- Excellent view from behind home plate
- Easy access to the concourse for quick trips to restrooms and concessions
- Among the cheapest tickets at Yankee Stadium with a home plate view