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Shaded Seats at Yankee Stadium

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Yankee Stadium, located in the Bronx, offers fans a chance to see one of baseball’s most famous teams in an iconic venue. It’s also the temporary home pitch for NYCFC of Major League Soccer. New York summers are hot and humid, so finding seats in the shade is key to a comfortable ballpark experience. Anyone heading to see the Yanks or NYCFC can use this guide and the seating chart to find the best shaded seats at Yankee Stadium.

Where are the shaded seats at Yankee Stadium?

Generally, the seats in the shade at Yankee Stadium are located:

  • 1st Base Line: Some shade but only during early day games
  • Behind Home Plate: Shaded in late afternoon and evening
  • 3rd Base Line: The shaded side during evening games
  • Grandstand: Back rows under the roof are shaded

For the 2024 season, the Yankees schedule includes day games (1:05 p.m. or 1:35 p.m.) and evening games (7:05 p.m.). A few mid-afternoon start times are mixed into the schedule as well. For specific details about shaded sections at different start times, please continue reading.

Yankee Stadium Orientation to the Sun

Yankee Stadium is oriented with home plate facing east, making the quest for shade more challenging compared to other ballparks, including the Mets’ home across town. Due to its orientation, Yankee Stadium does not have a universal “shade side.” For day games, the best chance to find shade is on the 1st base side of the park. However, this dynamic flips for evening games, when the 3rd base side becomes the prime location for shade.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

Where to Buy Tickets

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Seats in the Shade at Yankees Afternoon Games

At a Yankees day game, the sun towers above the right field foul pole, offering limited shade at first pitch. The best chance to avoid direct sun is along the 1st base line, in a section between home plate to the right field foul pole. Field-level seats closer to the action will find themselves sun-drenched for much of the game, whereas seats further back may enjoy some shade if they’re covered by the level above.

On the Grandstand (400-level), specifically sections 410-419, back rows are consistently shaded, courtesy of the stadium’s roof. Terrace-level sections 310-319 begin the game under the sun, but with the advantage of having the sun at their backs, shade will gradually envelop these seats as the stadium itself offers protection.

The 3rd base side of the park is the sunniest during the early afternoon. While shade is achievable on the 3rd base line under direct cover, opting for a comparable seat on the 1st base line is a safer bet. The outfield bleacher sections 235-238 are fully exposed and endure relentless sun throughout the game.

Seats under cover at Yankee Stadium

If you’re seeking a shaded seat at a Yankees day game, seats that are under cover provide quality shade.
Photo by Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Yankees Evening Games

Sunset in New York City during summer typically isn’t until after 8 p.m., and full dusk isn’t until later still. Evening game attendees should come prepared for sun exposure. The good news is that shade-finding is much easier in the evening. By a 7:05 start, if you’re seated on the 3rd base line, you’ll be comfortably out of the sun’s reach for the duration the game. Exercise caution when selecting seats in the outfield bleachers or near the right field foul pole, as these areas remain sunlit the for the longest.

Shadows on the stands at Yankee Stadium

By late afternoon, seats behind home plate and on the 3rd base line are the better bet for shade. Seats in the outfield bleachers and right field corner remain in the sun the longest.
Photo by Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire

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