The Yankees on Monday announced a series of enhancements to their game-day amenities, including new options for purchasing food and beverages, new social gathering spaces and a children’s zone.
The team described the changes as the first series of major design enhancements since the stadium opened in 2009. Construction is to begin this week and be completed in time for the 2017 season.
Hal Steinbrenner, the team’s managing general partner, said in a news release, “We have listened to our fans and ticket holders and their top requests were for more family-friendly and socially oriented spaces at Yankee Stadium.
“Yankees fans will now have many more dedicated areas for spending time with guests who have tickets in other sections of the stadium, allowing all guests to be able to enjoy the game from multiple vantage points while having unique food and drink options available to them.
“We are also especially excited to provide an engaging children’s play area for families to utilize prior to and throughout the game. Having these types of spaces in Yankee Stadium is fundamental to the expectations of our fans, and we look forward to making them a huge part of the Yankee Stadium experience in 2017 and beyond.”
Such amenities have become common in modern sports arenas, which have contributed to the widespread phenomenon of seats being left empty during games even when those seats have been sold.
The kids clubhouse will include a miniature field with a soft artificial surface and be located on the 300 level in rightfield. The Yankees said it will include playground equipment, oversized baseballs, bases and baseball cards.
The area will include two family restrooms equipped with changing tables, and a private area for nursing mothers that includes power outlets for those using electric breast pumps.
The new food and drink locations include the “batter’s eye deck” on the 200 level in centerfield, which will feature a view of the entire stadium, “bullpen landings” in leftfield and rightfield that overlook the two bullpens, a “sports lounge” at section 134 of the field level and “party decks” on the 300 level that include views of the field.
The offseason changes will result in the removal of just under 2,100 seats, including 1,100 obstructed-view seats in the bleachers and about 600 Terrace Level seats.
The Yankees said the changes will result in more than 200,000 additional tickets priced at $15 or less being made available for next season.
Baseball games still will be played on the field while everything else is going on.