Are you determined to make the trek to Tampa, Florida, this spring to see the New York Yankees train at the George M. Steinbrenner Field? If you are, I can’t say that I blame you. Not only are the New York Yankees a great team, Steinbrenner Field is a fine stadium to visit. Here’s a quick look at some of what you need to know in order to plan your trip:
The stadium is located a few miles off of North Dale Mabry Highway on Steinbrenner Drive. The best way to get there is to take Interstate 275 to North Dale Mabry. Once off the exit head north towards MLK Boulevard. The field sits opposite of the Raymond James Stadium. During the spring training season you may be able to find parking at the HESS parking lot, which is accessible from MLK Boulevard. In most cases you may expect to pay $10 for parking.
Autograph seekers would do well to purchase a seat in sections 102 or 103. They are the best spots to snag an autograph. Those who don’t care too much about autographs may want to reserve a seat in sections 203 through 210 as they tend to have the most shade courtesy of the stadium’s roof. As of spring 2012, ticket prices start at $17. You can purchase your tickets online through the New York Yankees’ website.
You’ll find a wide assortment of refreshments to choose from at the stadium’s multiple concession stands, unfortunately the prices are a bit steep. On average, a whole pizza pie and a beverage to wash it all down will cost you roughly $30. Those on a budget may want to hold off on eating a big meal at the ball park and head to an area restaurant after the game. The prices tend to be more reasonable. You can typically buy a full meal, including a beverage, off site for less than $20 a person. A few restaurants you may want to consider are the Burger Monger and Hank’s Catfish BBQ and More. Both are located on North Dale Mabry Highway, so you’ll most likely pass right by them as you leave the stadium.
Not to Be Missed
Three things that are not to be missed are the 9/11 monument located behind home plate, the George Steinbrenner statue located out front and the Legends Room. The Legends Room is located near the ticket office and is one of the best places to grab some New York Yankees fan gear.
Where to Stay
Looking for a place to spend the night? There are several hotels located on North Dale Mabry Highway including the Howard Johnson. It offers free airport shuttle service to and from the Tampa International Airport as well as a complimentary, continental breakfast.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys watching baseball with her family and has traveled extensively.
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