Yankee Stadium Shortcuts

GETTING TO THE GAME:

Below I have outlined four ways to get to the game, by subway, by ferry, by bicycle, and by car.

BY SUBWAY:

If you can, leave the car at home and opt for mass transit. The no. 4 train will take you to the stadium, but it’s a little quirky when you take a ‘lettered’ train. The B train runs local so it will get you there (as long as you take it before 8 p.m., when it stops running). The D train runs express during rush hours, skipping 161st St., but after 8 p.m. runs local. So if you’re late to the game take the D.

The B train to 161st St runs from Manhattan’s West Side, Park Slope, Flatbush, and Coney Island.

East Siders, Wall Streeters, fans from Park Slope, and Crown Heights can opt for the no. 4 train to Yankee Stadium.

You can also take the no. 2 or 5 and switch at 149th St. for the 4 train uptown.

Fans from Connecticut and Westchester should take the Metro North train to the 125th St. and walk one block east for the uptown no. 4. Getting home by train: Extra trains will be provided to handle the after-game rush. Going home also take the no. 4 or the D (the B stops running at 8 p.m.).

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BY FERRY:

Delta Baseball Water Taxi New this year is a free (yes, free) ferry to all Yankees and Mets games, departing roughly 90 minutes before first pitch with stops at Pier 17-South Street Seaport and E. 35th St. Tickets can be picked up at the NY Water Taxi ticket window at South Street Seaport two hours before departure. A limited number of tickets will be available online to print at home (four ticket limit per game). For more information, please visit NY WATER TAXI.

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BY BICYCLE:

This is a great way to go, but you’ll need a map, supplied by the NYC Department of Transportation, a pair of wheels, and a good lock to lock your bike with once you get there. Oh, and did we mention, a strong pair of legs? It could be the most fun you’ve had in a long time though.

So far there is no given route to the game (the NYC DOT is working on developing a specific route), but you can download a PDF version of the NYC bicycle map supplied by the Department of Transportation. The map is also available in most bike shops in New York City. You can also call 311 and have a map sent to your home, but expect to wait about two weeks for delivery.

The only downside is that the route hasn’t been painted or signed by NYC DOT yet, which could mean some of you might get lost. And the lack of a permanent parking area at the stadium could be irritating –until of course more cyclists make it to the stadium under human power in the future. Yet because of the entertainment and health value, as well as the reduction in overall congestion, cycling is a great way to go!

Getting Home:

Since it will be dark on the way back during the fall months, we advise taking your bike on the subway for the return trip, using the first or last car. See the subway travel instructions, above. If you want to travel back home by bicycle, make sure you have front and backlights—it’s the law in NY State.

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BY CAR:

If you’re driving, leave early, very early. If you arrive in the area 45 minutes before game time, you’ll probably miss the first inning. Allow at least 90 minutes to park and get to your seats without having to worry.

If you’re heading north on the Major Deegan, instead of exiting at Exit 4 (East 149th Street, Stadium), drive a little bit further and get off at Exit 5 (West 155th Street, Stadium). As long as you arrive at least 90 minutes early, this exit will save you time.

If you’re coming from the north or New Jersey, take the George Washington Bridge to the southbound exit for the Harlem River Drive. Go less than a mile to Exit 23 (W. 155th Street). From the exit, go up the hill and make a left at the first light onto 155th Street. Proceed across the Macombs Dam Bridge, bear left and at the Bronx end, follow the signs to the parking areas at Yankee Stadium.

If you're not going to the game, but must drive through the Bronx, stay east of the Bronx River Parkway. Take the Whitestone or Throgs Neck Bridges to get to the Hutchinson Parkway or I-95/New England Thruway.

Avoid the Major Deegan Expressway, Cross-Bronx Expressway and other nearby routes.

Drivers heading due north should avoid the Major Deegan into the Thruway by taking the Henry Hudson Parkway to the Saw Mill River Parkway to the Thruway.

Here are tips on how to get home quickly:

Post-game, the best route away from the stadium is the Grand Concourse. Southbound motorists take it to its terminus and get on the Major Deegan to access the Third Ave. or Triborough Bridge or the Bruckner Expressway.

Northbound motorists take the Grand Concourse all the way north to Moshulu Parkway, hang a left at Sedgwick Ave. into Van Cortland Park South, proceed down the hill, then take a right onto the Major Deegan north. Or stay on Moshulu Parkway north until you hit the Saw Mill River Parkway.

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PARKING AT YANKEE STADIUM

See the Official NY Yankees Site for Details and a Map

It may be nice to park in the garage across the street from the stadium but post-game you’ll be sitting in the garage inhaling carbon monoxide for 45 minutes. My advice is to park in the far lots nearest your home. That is, if you’re from Westchester or Connecticut, use the northern-most lots; if you’re from Queens, Brooklyn, or Long Island, use the southern-most lots.

YANKEE STADIUM PARKING LOTS

Lot #1 East 161st St. - Jerome Ave. & Macombs Dam Bridge
Lot #3: Jerome Ave. - East 164th St. & East 162nd St.
Lot #5: River Ave. - East 158th St. & East 157th St.
Lot #6: East 157th St. - River Ave. & Gerard Ave.
Lot #7: River Ave. - East 157th St. & East 153rd St.
Lot #8: River Ave. at 71 E. 153rd St.
Lot #9: River Ave. at East 151st St.
Lot #10: East 153rd St. at River Ave.
Lot #11: River Ave. - East 151st St. & East 150th St.
Lot #12: River Ave. - East 151st St. & East 150th St.
Lot #13: Exterior St. at Market Area
Lot #15: River Ave. - East 164th St. & East 165th St. (Bus Lot)

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