Old Yankee Stadium Tour with Tony Morante
Want to learn the history of the New York Yankees? Want to hear what it was like to escort baseball legend Mickey Mantle through throngs of uproarious fans? Well, what are you waiting for? Take a guided tour of Yankee Stadium with Tony Morante!
One of Yankee Stadium's longest-serving employees, Tony Morante began working at Yankee Stadium in 1958, when he was just 14 years old. Like his father before him, Morante started as an usher, but then found work as a member of "the suicide squad," a group of men hired to help protect baseball legend Mickey Mantle from his adoring fans. Now, as the stadium's unofficial historian, Morante gives guided tours of Yankee Stadium and Monument Park. Approximately 120,000 people go on Morante's New York Yankees History tours every year.
Hotels Close to Yankee Stadium
If you're planning to attend a Yankees game in New York City, considering booking a room in one of the following cheap hotels close to Yankee Stadium:
- Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel: A cheap hotel close to Yankee Stadium and LaGuardia Airport, the 3.5-star Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel stands just minutes from the I-278 on-ramp. This budget NY hotel features an on-site restaurant with a bar/lounge, fitness facilities, and a free airport shuttle service.
- Hampton Inn LaGuardia Airport Hotel: A great choice for travelers on a budget, the Hampton Inn LaGuardia Airport Hotel provides guests with complimentary buffet breakfasts, complimentary on-site fitness facilities (including an indoor pool), and a 24-hour business center.
- Country Inn and Suites Hotel Queens: Located in Long Island City, Queens, in New York City, Country Inn and Suites Hotel Queens boasts a business center, a fitness room, and outstanding amenities, including free parking, free breakfast, and free fast internet.
Old Yankee Stadium Photo Tour
Old Yankee Stadium Tours
Tours of the new Yankee Stadium will center around not only Monument Park
Unlike old Yankee Stadium tours, tours of the new Yankee Stadium will center around not only Monument Park but the brand-new Yankees Museum. Located on the lower level at Gate 6, the Yankees Museum NY houses millions of dollars of Yankees merchandise. Fans can pay tribute to Don Larsen's perfect 1956 World Series game, admire the "Ball Wall," where hundreds of autographed baseballs are displayed, and view a facsimile of a current locker from the Yankees' clubhouse and the authentic locker of Thurman Munson. It's the perfect way to spend an afternoon, and one of the best things to do in New York City!
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Monument Park Tours
If you're coming to a Yankees game, arrive a couple of hours early so you can visit Monument Park! Here you'll have the chance to pay your respects to the famous Yankee players and managers who created and upheld the dynamic dynasty. This famous NY baseball museum is open to ticketholders on gameday, weather permitting, from the time the gates open until 45 minutes prior to gametime. Please arrive early to ensure entry to Monument Park.
The Old Yankee Stadium History
Old Yankee Stadium was first built in 1923
When it was first built in 1923, the old Yankee Stadium was not only the first triple-deck baseball stadium in the United States, but the largest baseball stadium in the world, with a maximum seating capacity of 58,000. Crowds of this size were not uncommon in the 1920s, when legendary pitcher-turned-outfielder Babe Ruth was at the height of his abilities (Ruth's popularity was such that the first Yankee Stadium was nicknamed "The House That Ruth Built").
Having served the NY Yankees for over 85 years, the old Yankee Stadium was demolished in 2010 and replaced by another, larger baseball park, also called Yankee Stadium. The new Yankee Stadium contains 63% more space than the old Yankee Stadium NY - a difference of roughly 500,000 square feet. All the monuments housed at the old Yankee Stadium were moved to the new Yankee Stadium, and Tony Morante himself was given the honor of unveiling Babe Ruth, the last monument put into place.
Facts about the Old Yankee Stadium:
- Old Yankee Stadium Date Constructed: April 18, 1923.
- Number of Regular Season Home Games Hosted at Old Yankee Stadium: 6,581.
- Old Yankee Stadium Construction Cost: $2.4 million (1923).
Facts about the New Yankee Stadium:
- New Yankee Stadium Date Constructed: April 2, 2009.
- Seating Capacity at New Yankee Stadium: 52,325.
- New Yankee Stadium Construction Cost: $1.5 billion (2009).