Shaded Seats at Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium should make the bucket list of every baseball fan. The home of the New York Yankees in the Bronx can get warm once the April cold disappears and summer hits. If you want to check out the Bronx Bombers, it’s best to look for some nice Yankee Stadium shaded seats.
Where are the shaded seats at Yankee Stadium?
As a general rule, the seats in the shade at Yankee Stadium are located:
- On the 1st base side of the park for a day game
- Behind home plate or on the 3rd base side for a late afternoon or evening game
- Far enough back in one of those section so that it’s under an overhang
- In the back rows of the 400-level under the stadium roof
The Yankees start most of their night games at 7:05 p.m., although a few games early in the season start at 6:35. Most of their afternoon games start at 1:05 p.m. Naturally, there is a significant difference in the position of the sun from 1:05 to 7:05.
Yankee Stadium Orientation to the Sun
Yankee Stadium has a less northern orientation than the Mets home across town. At Yankee Stadium the batter faces almost due east with a slight tilt to the north. If they played games first thing in the morning, the sun would rise and shine right into the batter’s eyes. Fortunately, that’s never the case, but there are large portions of the field and stands that will be in the sun depending on the time of day.
The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).
Seats in the Shade at Yankees Afternoon Games
At the start of a mid-summer day game at Yankee Stadium, the sun is located behind the 1st base side of the stadium. At this time, the closer you are to home plate, the better you’ll be able to avoid direct sunlight. Gradually, anyone sitting between home plate and the right field foul pole will become more and more protected by shade as the afternoon moves along. The higher up in the stadium you are, the sooner you’ll be completely covered by shade, making it advantageous to sit in the 300 or 400-level of the stadium.
Fans who sit in the 100 level for an afternoon game will have to wait a while until the sun is no longer bearing down on them. Meanwhile, everyone on the 3rd base side of the stands should expect to be in the sun a majority of the game. Those sitting closer to home plate than to the foul pole may start to get some shade in the later innings, and again, the further back in your section, the more likely the stadium overhang will provide some relief from the sun. Finally, those sitting in the outfield bleachers shouldn’t expect to get a break from the sun unless the game runs long and it dips below the stadium.
Seats in the Shade at Yankees Evening Games
During the summer, night games at Yankee Stadium will still begin with a fair amount of natural light in the sky. The sun doesn’t typically set in New York until after 8 p.m. during the summer and full dusk isn’t until around 9 p.m. That means having to plan around the sun. Fortunately, the options are a little easier by that time of the day. By 7:05, everyone on the 3rd base side of the stadium will be sitting with their back to the sun, well protected from any twilight rays. At that point, the sun will be shining straight out toward center and right field.
Anyone in the outfield bleachers or sitting on the fair side of the right field foul pole will be vulnerable to the sun’s direct rays until close to sunset. Depending on your level, any section lower than 110, 210, 310, or 410 would be good to avoid for a 7:05 game at Yankee Stadium. However, just about anywhere else in the stadium, 1st baseline or 3rd baseline should be fine.
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