One of the biggest differences between the old Yankee Stadium and the new Yankee Stadium to me is that there are two areas where I hated to sit in the old ballpark, but which I think are among the best values (and I use the term “values” very loosely) in the new facility.
I never liked the main level at the old Stadium. I found that it was too far back from the field. Also, if you were in one of the lower rows, fans on the walkway between field level and main level were constantly in your way. But if you were in one of the higher rows, you were under the overhang and lost sight of most fly balls.
However, some of the main-level seats in the new ballpark are probably the best in the house. The ones right behind home plate are unbelievable, but they are much too pricey for most people’s blood, as they are part of an exclusive area called the Delta Sky360 Suite. I don’t know how much they cost, and I don’t want to know.
But if you only go to a few games a year, the seats in sections 226-227B (right by third base) and 213-214B (right by first base), at $90 in advance and $95 on game day, offer an incredible view and, while I cringe at calling $90 or $95 a decent price, for this ballpark, they really are a great value. Even the next group of main-level seats a little further into the outfield — 228-230 and 210-212, $75 in advance, $80 on game day — aren’t half-bad.
The other part of the ballpark that made my opinion do a complete 180 is the left-field bleachers. In the old Stadium, they were behind both bullpens and Monument Park, so they were about 550 feet from home plate. I hated them. I was unfortunate enough to sit there three times, and I couldn’t follow the game at all. The only way I knew where the ball was hit — or even if the ball was hit — was to look at the fielders.
But in the new Yankee Stadium, they’re much closer and exponentially better. I’d sit there in a heartbeat, especially for $14, which is a fraction of the cost of most of the seats in the ballpark.
One thing to be careful of: Several seats in section 239 are obstructed by the sports bar, which blocks most of right field. They were supposedly reduced to $5 each after a public outcry, but you probably want to be safe and stick with sections 235-238.