How appropriate that the senior member of the 2012 New York Yankees pitching staff took to the mound on a senior ticket day at Yankee Stadium recently. Not that 40-year-old Andy Pettitte could have even bought himself a senior ticket to Yankee Stadium, since at age 40, he’s simply too young.
But what a perfect day for senior citizens to take advantage of a hot, sunny day to pay $5 for a ticket to the stadium and watch the Bronx Bombers win another game, albeit with the negative news that their senior pitching star broke an ankle after being hit by a baseball during the game, and will now be sidelined for at least 60 days or more.
The New York Yankees not only take good care of their own, they take good care of their senior citizen fans with ticket specials that as their listing of Yankee ticket specials reiterates, enable seniors 60 and older to purchase $5 tickets in designated seating locations for select Monday through Thursday games.
Yesterday was my first day visiting the new Yankee Stadium and determined to avoid any traffic and parking problems, I easily got to the stadium using public transportation, including a comfortable air conditioned subway ride direct to the ballpark from midtown. At each subway stop, more fans boarded, many wearing Yankee caps and shirts and eagerly talking up the excitement of the game that we’d all be sharing.
Senior game tickets must be purchased beginning two hours before the scheduled start time of the game. With a 1:05 p.m. start, I made sure to arrive more than an hour and a half ahead of the first pitch. There was a very short wait at the ticket windows next to Gate 4. A senior on line ahead of me pointed out the famed Yankee legend Lou Piniella who was walking towards one of the special entrances ahead. Soon I was facing a helpful ticket salesperson who found a seat in Section 307. I handed her $5 and made my way to the gate. Since I was early, I stood on the Field Level, watching the players warm up before heading up to my seat. But not before stopping at the Yankees Museum which is worth spending as much time as you can. Yankee fans will have a field day at the Museum which is filled with memorabilia about the team’s storied history. From DiMaggio to Mantle to Maris to Jeter, the legends of yesterday and today all seen to be showcased at this small but fantastic museum.
Upcoming New York Yankees senior citizen $5 ticket specials continue throughout the season with four games still to enjoy: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 (1:05 p.m.); Thursday, August 16, 2012 (1:05 p.m.); Wednesday, August 29, 2012 (1:05 p.m.); and Tuesday, September 18, 2012 (7:05 p.m.). Take yourself out to the ballgame and enjoy.