Yankees game (with kids) - Day or Night?

Dec 4th, 2014, 05:21 AM
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Yankees game (with kids) - Day or Night?

We will be in NY in June 2015, and would love to watch one of the Yankees / Phillies games. With a 9 year old and 12 year old, would you suggest a day or night game? (BTW we're from South Africa, so we still need to learn the rules of baseball -- just going for the atmosphere!).

We are staying in Midtown Manhattan, I assume the Metro would be the best (safe) option to get back to the hotel afterwards (if a night game)?
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Dec 4th, 2014, 07:34 AM
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I have only been to games in California, but with young children, I would do a day game.
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Dec 4th, 2014, 07:59 AM
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Yes, the train is very safe. Most of the passengers will be coming from the stadium.

I think day or night would be fine. Depends on the kids, though.
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Dec 4th, 2014, 09:08 AM
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Day game is probably better with kids if there is one while you are in NYC. And yes - the subway (do NOT say Metro - here that is a chain of delis, say either subway or train) is the best way to get there and back. Allow 45 minutes to travel each way. Go to hopstop.com to get detailed subway options from where you will be staying.

A couple of notes:

Go to the web site as soon as tickets go on sale to get the best choice of tickets

Go early (hours early - check how soon you can get in) so you can visit Monument Park and also see some of the batting practice (before the game starts)

Be aware that security is very tight - regular purses only - no large backpacks and they will be searched at the gate. You cannot bring in any alcohol - and bringing in food/beverages is frowned on.

If you get a chance watch a game or two before you get there to have an idea of the rules and how the game progresses
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Dec 4th, 2014, 09:18 AM
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" and bringing in food/beverages is frowned on"

You can bring in food provided it's in a clear bag and a small bottle of water that is sealed. I bring in a Subway grinder every game and a bag of peanuts.

I agree that you should get there early and walk around the Stadium including Monument Park.

Given that its against the Phillies, it's against a team whose fans travel well (and it is not far from Philadelphia) so tickets may be tough to get and on the expensive side so plan accordingly.
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Dec 5th, 2014, 11:17 AM
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Major League games can go on for hours, so if you want to see it in it's entirety, a daytime would be better. There's something to be said for the night time atmosphere, though, and I never mind leaving before the game is over if it's running in to extra innings. Then you don't have to compete with the entire stadium for transportation, either.
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Dec 5th, 2014, 01:47 PM
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We always usually bring sandwiches and water to drink. Never noticed anyone frowning at us for doing so.
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Dec 5th, 2014, 05:03 PM
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Baseball games typically take about 3 hours. If you come early to see Monument Park and batting practice plan on getting there 2 hours before the game starts.
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Dec 5th, 2014, 10:47 PM
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If a game goes extra innings (nothing like a cricket innings ) it can drag on til after midnight.

W/ a 9 yo I'd only go to a day game
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Dec 5th, 2014, 11:07 PM
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Thanks very much everyone! We can't wait. And yes, we will watch a game or 2 on TV before we visit, to familiarize ourselves with the rules.
I've had a look on the Yankes website, I cannot believe how many seats are already sold! So we will book this week.
JanisJ you do have a point about the cricket, especially the 5 day games..
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Dec 5th, 2014, 11:08 PM
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Yankees not Yankes..
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Dec 6th, 2014, 07:59 AM
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One more thing to mention, although you could probably guess.

Yankee fans THRIVE on obscenities in their chants. You WILL hear half the stadium chanting "[fill in the blank] sucks!!" If the visiting team hits a home run into the stands, you will also hear, "Throw it back, *** hole!" I won't repeat the worst chant I've heard while at the stadium.

Your nine-year-old probably knows all about such chants, and may even has joined in such frivolities. Perhaps you'll consider part of the fun. But just be aware it WILL happen.
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Dec 6th, 2014, 10:16 AM
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Many of the seats - esp the better ones - are sold as season tickets to businesses who take clients to the game. They may come onto the secondary market - but for a good game (and Philies will be popular) the prices are often WAY about list price. So - buy tickets as soon as you have a firm date to have the best choice.

Be aware the stadium is enormous and in the upper level you must have binoculars to see much of anything.
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Dec 7th, 2014, 07:15 AM
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You will find plenty of Yankees team souvenirs on sale, none of it cheap. For a day game, a cap is essential (sun precautions same as in SA). Not a Phillies cap, though. Oh, well, I guess kids can wear enemy stuff okay. Baseball parks anywhere are the easiest place on earth to start conversations with those seated around you. The kids can ask somebody with a scoresheet how it's done. In New York, see who has the most indecipherable accent, aside from you of course. To me, the major difference with your sport is that the cricket batsman hits just about every ball bowled towards the wickets while baseball hitters make contact much less often. The batter who can strike a pitch well enough to run to first base three times out of 10 at the plate will be paid millions a year. Failure is a constant in baseball; champion teams lose at least four games out of 10, balanced by playing every day of the week for six months. Required eating: a ballpark frank, or "hot dog."
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Dec 8th, 2014, 06:15 AM
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Thanks guys, we're very excited. Tickets have been booked, we decided on a day game (Yankees vs Phillies), we had a look at a few websites such as aviewfrommyseat.com, bestbaseballseats.com etc, and decided on Terrace seats (section 316).
Will be sure to do some viewing of games beforehand, and thanks for the advice on 'playing it safe' with the choice of team-wear on the day!
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Dec 8th, 2014, 10:26 AM
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Well, you're quite high up - but at least you're between home and first - not trying to watch the game from the outfield.

Be aware that the national anthem is played before the game and men must remove hats/caps. No one will expect you to sing along - but do be sure to stand still during the singing (there are always some clods moving around - don;t know why they can;t wait a moment). And usually God Bless America is sung during the 7th inning stretch.

Finally, do watch the grounds crew when they clean up the base paths between innings - the Yankees crew do it with a dance.
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Dec 8th, 2014, 11:20 AM
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It would be great fun if you would bring the vuvuzelas, as long as you play/sound them when the Yankess score!

I've been seated near people from other countries who are new to the game (most recently a guy from UK who had no idea of the rules) and the locals have been more than happy to offer run downs and basic info about the game.
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Dec 8th, 2014, 11:59 AM
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The first time I took DH (he's British) to a Phillies game, he was absolutely shocked that we were seated next to fans from the other team. Kept asking me where the 'home' and 'away' sections of the stands were. I told him American sports fans behave well enough that we don't need to be segregated for our own safety! Enjoy!
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Dec 8th, 2014, 12:25 PM
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I have sat in 316. Not a bad view at all. Bring sunglasses and a hat as you will be in the sun for part of the game. There are a lot of concessions stands (all overpriced )on that level.
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Dec 9th, 2014, 06:51 AM
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Thanks everyone for the tips & suggestions. Not sure about the vuvuzela suggestion, wouldn't that annoy the heck out of everyone? (I know that I get pretty annoyed at the whine!)
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