"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Bleachers get TVs - Do they actually help?


Greg posted a new photo update tonight.  The television sets in the obstructed bleachers have been installed, as evidenced by the top two photos.

The question is: will these actually help fans see the rest of the field?

From the looks of it, it appears they won't.  The TVs are right up against the naked concrete and are not angled toward the fans. The fans in the back of the bleachers seem to be completely in the dark.

The Yankees think all of these HD monitors are the greatest things ever.  Every time Lonn Trost speaks, he gushes about them.

I'll hold off on completely judging this until I see it for myself.  But for now, it looks like the Yankees haven't done as much as they can to fix this ridiculous problem they created.  I feel badly for whoever has to sit there.

I believe this is Section 239.  The other obstructed bleacher section is Section 201.  I hope to make my way back there on Saturday to get a first-hand account.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's build 800M-1.3B stadium...but let's put some real shitty seats with terribly obstructed views in there, ya know, for good measure.

Anonymous said...

What's protecting the TV's from getting fried when they get rained on?

Anonymous said...

Relax folks. These seats are $5. Get in, walk around the stadium and relax. Wanna bet these seat aren't going to be empty? Until they are, bitchin' is moot. These seats belong to the ticket holder who thought the price was worth it, not to the casual observer ranting on the net.

Drew Sarver said...

Your way off base Anon..these seats are taken by the same people who sat in the bleachers before..and they want to see the game, the whole game. TV's are for watching at home.

Anonymous said...

These tickets are $14 a piece.

My point is when they spend all this money on a new stadium, couldn't they have avoided these crappy seats with no views.

Andrew Fletcher said...

They reduced the obstructed seat prices to $5. The Yankees claimed that they were going to be $5 all along, but the original pricing had them listed at $14.

Anonymous said...

Regardless, couldn't they have seen "oh, there's a huge wall here, perhaps we shouldn't build it like this"

As far as I know none of the "new" stadiums (10 years) have obstructed views like this anywhere. What gives?

forego is my witness said...

For what it's worth: I roamed all over the stadium yesterday, including the bleachers. I was standing on top of the food court area, and looked down to the TVs at how they were mounted. It APPEARED they were on arms/pivots that could be extended, then the TVs pointed toward the viewers. MAYBE...maybe they simply weren't in the "correct" placement and will be tonight? That's my guess, could be wrong-o.

Anonymous said...

maybe they put in obstructed view seats for that vintage-ballpark feel, like in the good ol' days. you know, when the boston beaneaters would come to town to play the highlanders and you'd have to sit in outfield seats with views obstructed by beams and A GIANT RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE.

what an embarassment. if the yanks don't win a championship this year, can we start a "curse of the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar?"

tmcginnis said...

The Cubs didn't just build their park, but they are equally deceptive about obstructed view seating. If anyone travels to Wrigley and is offered a ticket that actually announces that the view is obstructed, just go and watch the game at one of the bars across the street.

The Cubs do not consider a seat to be obstructed unless the obstructing post is in your lap. If the post only obstructs part of your view, it won't be considered as such.

Its crap, but they know someone will buy the seat, as the Yankees know that someone will buy these bleacher seats.

Dan LaTorraca said...

I paid $20 for these seats - if they are actually in 239.

Dan LaTorraca said...

Plus StubHub fees. So, like $22. I'm wearing a Cubs hat tomorrow.

Andrew Fletcher said...

The camera angles in this park are terrible too. Shooting right through the net. They really put no thought onto the field portion of the Stadium.

Wolverine said...

i didnt realize how obstructed these views are and ill be sitting right in 239! haha. i cant wait to see the new stadium..thats all that matters to me

also dan is not wearing a cubs hat..he already told me he will be wearing his white scranton yankees hat..sorry to blow your spot daniel

Drew Sarver said...

They could have built the restaurant set back...it was poor engineering.

Dan LaTorraca said...

Drew,

I agree. Poor planning right there.

Wolverine - You got me. I could never bring myself to wear a Cubs hat at the stadium. It was an empty threat.

By the way, because the seller did not note that the tickets were obstructed view, he's getting fined.

I'm also getting a coupon, but squeezing for more.

Andrew Fletcher said...

I may make my way out to the bleachers tomorrow. I'll be on the lookout for you.

GoTribe said...

I have never seen such a blatant obstructed view like this in a new stadium. To me, if you pay $1 or more to go to a game AT THE PARK, then you should see the whole field. This is unacceptable and an insult to fans. The Indians have a joke where you can win 3 seats behind the scoreboard. I have a feeling that the greedy Yankee Management would try to sell something like that.

Anonymous said...

they didnt see this in the design? they couldve just pushed the restaurant back and expanded monument park.

Anonymous said...

This was in the original plan. There's a haughtiness in the design which is difficult to miss.

Post a Comment