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I Crossed The Concrete Moat at Yankee Stadium

And I liked it.

I was in the house Friday night for the Yankees thrilling 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins and was sitting among the beautiful people in the Legends Suite seats (Section 28, Row 8, Seat 12).  The seats are separated by a concrete border that has been referred to as the concrete moat.  My buddy Vinny scored those infamous $2,625 seats* that have since been "slashed" to $1,250 and I must say -- it was pretty sweet.




First off, we had a separate entrance to get to our seats.  We were both given yellow wristbands and were led down a series of stairs to what can only be described as a dining hall.  There were tables adorned with fancy looking tablecloths and a woman gave us the rundown on how things worked -- everything but alcohol was free.  Free!  There was catered food everywhere and Vinny said he smelled lamb.  I said no -- it couldn't be lamb -- but sure enough, it was.

Anyway, we walked to our seats and picked up some snacks along the way -- M&Ms (peanut and plain), Twizzlers and I grabbed a lemonade (again, they were free!).  Then we sat down in our cushioned seats with the wooden arm rests and picked up the menu.  The specials for the day were:

Potato & Zucchini Chips
Fresh Idaho potato and zucchini chips baked with melted crumbled Gorgonzola cheese.

Shrimp Salad
on mesclun greens with a side of mustard vinaigrette

Penne with Veal & Chicken Bolognese
Made fresh to order

Braised Short Ribs
on Taleggio cheese baguette with fresh watercress

I kid you not.

Vinny and I eschewed the specials (although we regretted not trying the short ribs) and went with the Carl's Philly Cheesesteak and the truffle fries.  What exactly made them truffle fries?  I don't know, but I killed the whole cup.  I then decided to make it my mission to eat something in every inning.  I made it to the fourth before my body put up the stop sign (the mind was willing, but the flesh was weak!).  I had a hot dog and a Premio Italian Sausage Hoagie during the second/third innings and a Petite Juicy Juicy Cheeseburger in the fourth.  I could have ordered those delicious foods (although I was disappointed with the hot dog -- the bun was stale) from my seat, but I decided to get it myself.  Yes, the food was stacked in a case right next to the bar below us.  It took me about two minutes to get from my seat to the food and then back to my seat.  But it's not like I would have missed any action anyway, the bar had at least four televisions tuned to the game.

And let me tell you about the bathrooms!  They were located near the bar and it had an HD television in the giant mirror above the sinks.  I was standing in line waiting to take a leak and was able to watch the game.  Talk about class!  The only thing that would have been better was if the TV was above the urinal or on the crapper door.

Waitresses came around and offered us ice cream, water and soft drinks during the game.  I felt like a superstar. 

It was one of the best experiences I've ever had at a ballgame.  Oh, and the game was pretty good, too.  There's been a backlash against the Yanks because of the exclusivity of these seats (we were warned that if we somehow wandered out of our section that we would have to walk all the way around to get back in) and the team's chief operating officer Lonn Trost has taken the most heat.  You remember Lonn, right?  The man who said the Yanks will not reconsider their policy on barring the normal folk from entering the Legends Suite section during batting practice.

"Well, if you purchase a suite, do you want somebody in your suite?'' Trost said. "You purchase a home, do you want somebody in your home?''

Ouch.  Trost may never live down that comment.

Anyway, I was able to sneak a peek at the good life for one night and I don't know if that's good or bad.

I mean, how can I go back to the "regular" seats now?  I've tasted from the tree of knowledge and am forever changed.

Still, I guess it's better to have crossed the moat and lost than never to have crossed the moat at all.

*I misspoke when I said we had $2,625 seats.  Reader Cory put me in my place and wrote that those plum seats are located in the first two rows behind home plate (See: comments below).  I guess I'm not as cool as I think I am.

16 Comments

Wow, you guys were literally like 50 feet from where I sat for the Yanks/Sox game ($30 tickets on StubHub), but I had to pay $18 for a beer and Cracker Jacks. So jealous.

It was a glorious night. And it's a crime how much 50 feet can cost.

'Esus! You got me salivating at 7:00 am talking about all that food! That sounds incredible! I'll have to live vicariously through you.

I was thinking about that food when I had a few spoonfuls of Goober's peanut butter and jelly combo for breakfast this morning. I should have asked for a doggie bag.

Awesome stuff, man! Unreal. Great post!

Thanks! I guess even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

$1,250 for one seat?
Hell, I won't be able to afford it for the rest of my miserable life.
I quess I'll stick to Yes and My 9 till eternity.

I was rubbin elbows with the wealthy -- for one night.

Perfect write up, Mike. I was looking for this very type of review. Thanks for posting it!

I have 6 season tickets in the Jim Beam Suite (Grandstand), and I was able to swap Thursday's tickets for 3 Legends Suite tickets (Section 14A, just past the Yankee dugout).

I am SO looking forward to acting like the Bundys at Chez Swanky. :)

Thanks and good for you, Mickey! Enjoy being king for a day!

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Thanks...was there any sort of dress code, or can we go in our usual Yankee garb?

Nope. Be free and comfortable!

Everything about this story makes me want to puke lamb !

Aww! Why can't you just be happy for my good fortune?

Those aren't the 1,250 seats, the 1,250 seats are the front two rows behind home. I think you were in the $850 seats, or about that price range.

Huh! Well, I'm an idiot. The tickets didn't have the price on them. It just said COMP. They were still pretty sweet, though.

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