"On Monday, Yankee Stadium will host its 114th Home Opener, a sold out game, and fans will need to come early to best navigate long lines and possible delays at security checkpoints. All Stadium Gates and security check points will be open at 11:00 a.m. and we strongly encourage ticketed fans to arrive as close to 11:00 a.m. as possible" said Doug Behar, Vice President of Stadium Operations. "In addition to opening gates at 11:00 a.m. for ticketed fans, the Stadium is prepared to accommodate Guests with a number of pre-game activities, and fun new menu and merchandise items that are debuting this season."
Fans are invited to visit Monument Park, located in center field, which recognizes former Yankees greats, and tour the New York Yankees Museum, presented by Bank of America. Each experience will open at 11:00 a.m. Monument Park remains accessible until 45 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the game subject to capacity limitations. Please note the line to Monument Park may close earlier than the Park itself. The Museum is located adjacent to Section 210 on the Main Level and tells baseball's and the Yankees' storied history through exhibits of historic artifacts. Admission is free for all ticketed guests. Current exhibits include: Five Great Teams: The 1927, 1939, 1961, 1977, and 1998 New York Yankees; Pinstripes in Bronze: Celebrating Monument Park's Newest Honorees; The Skipper: Celebrating Joe Torre, Hall of Fame Manager; and New Era Exhibit.
Fans can also watch the scheduled batting practice, which is scheduled to be ongoing throughout the early afternoon and ends at approximately 12:20 p.m.
The official pre-game ceremony will begin at approximately12:30 p.m. with the introduction of both teams on the baselines. As part of the Opening Day festivities, former Yankees player and 2009 World Series MVP Hideki Matsui will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He will also be honored with the "Pride of the Yankees Award" at the 37th Annual Homecoming Dinner following the game.
Fans can also try an array of food and drink items new in 2016, such as:
-"The "G.O.A.T. (Greatest of all Time) Burger" (Located at Triple Play Stand, Section 115)
-"The Classy Pig" (Located at N.Y. Grill Stand, Section 121)
-"The Big Cheese" a Grilled Cheese Stand at which fans can customize a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches made with premium, artisan, and local cheeses from Boar's Head (Located at Sections 107, 227).
As always, an array of healthy food options round out the diverse menu. Gluten free items are available at the Gluten Free NY Grill in the Great Hall adjacent to Gate 6. Kosher stands are located in the Great Hall and Sects. 214A, 229, 322, and Fresh Fruits and Vegetables are located at Melissa's Farmers Market in Section 121B.
Meal additions also include new craft beer selections, including the 10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA, Bronx Brewery, Catskill Brewery, Checker Cab Blonde Ale (Located at Craft Beer Stand at Section 110 and the Premio Sausage Stands in Section 217 and 320), and Blue Point Toasted Lager (Craft Beer Stand at Section 110).