Last night, I went to the first ever (exhibition) game at new Yankees Stadium. It's a great looking place, mixing elements of the previous two stadiums with now standard ballpark amenities.
On the outside, its very reminiscent of the original - an imposing hunk of concrete. I didn't get to explore too much, but there didn't seem to be anything too interesting surrounding the building (statues, photo ops, etc). I do like the gold lettering at the main entrance.
When you enter the great hall, its more open than before, and you can walk all the way around now. Typical of HOK parks, the field is not hidden as you walk the concourse. It has a classy look, keeping with Yankee tradition. I didn't notice anything directed towards teens or younger kids, like radar guns or playgrounds. Large player banners add some snap, but overall the place is very gray.
For eats, the Yanks have joined the new era and you can now get sushi, Asian noodles, and southern BBQ. There's even a Hard Rock.
On the field, it still feels like Yankee Stadium. The dimensions are the same, the blues got a bit darker, and the iconic white-columned facade trims the top edge all around. Its still a pretty big place. The jumbo screen is the best I've ever seen - gigantic pore-showing hi-def brilliance. You can see into both bullpens clearly. The out of town scoreboard is much improved and its good to see both teams lineups continually posted. Views of the field have improved, so you can see the outfield corners much better. My upper deck, close-to-the-edge seat was $40, but will be more like $75 in season. Better seats have comfy cusions.
All that said, its still no Progressive Field and I look forward to Grady driving a long solo shot to open the place up and dampen the hometown spirit.