New York Yankees

Steinbrenner Field

Tampa, FL

Year Opened: 1996

Capacity: 11,026

Grade: 89.5 Ranking: FL: #4/14; Overall: TBD

Note: A full, in-depth review will come out in 2017-2018. The following bullet points consist of quick opening thoughts. Likes and dislikes will be extensively qualified in subsequent reviews. They also don’t contain detailed architectural or aesthetic observations.  

Many games attended from 2008-2016 prior to renovations
March 15th 2017, Loge Seats

Photo Gallery at bottom of page

 

  • Is there any reason why Steinbrenner Field couldn’t be one of the best spring training parks in baseball?
  • Other than the fan unfriendly policies (if that doesn’t ruin your entire experience, and you shouldn’t let it), of course not. Perhaps we need to check any anti-Yankee prejudice at the door, as this park overall is now in the top tier
  • Mostly, they are just guilty of perfectly representing the team who plays here, as any good ballpark should
  • The best aesthetic addition is the Yankees historical references on the concourses
  • Because you’re mostly walking up and down through seating areas in the outfield, it’s a stretch to call this a 360-degree concourse, even though you can walk all the way around the stadium
  • Steinbrenner Field completely blows everyone out of the water in terms of the amenities, with a “selfie spot” at every corner
  • Throughout the outfield, there is a place to sit down at every turn, culminating in the outfield bar in right field, which is as good as any outfield bar in spring training
  • The best additions are the nearly identical bullpen and 3rd base clubs down each line, featuring full service bars and eating areas open to all fans
  • Steinbrenner Field’s premium seating is even more utterly unmatched than it was before the renovations
  • The Spectrum Dugout Club is still obviously unparalleled in spring training, while renovations added a series of loge boxes, loge seats, loge clubs (on top of the aforementioned clubs open to everyone), and cabanas
  • This park was always good functionally, and I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but it features some of the best field proximity behind home plate and down the lines (i.e. lack of foul territory) of any park
  • Overall, superior amenities, great functionality, and one of the top ballpark atmospheres make Steinbrenner Field one of the best in Florida
  • Ranking only .5 points ahead of jetBlue Park (which I gave 10 bonus points, by the way) is going to hurt for Sox fans, but amenities and a 360-degree concourse matter

 

Likes and Dislikes

Things I like:

  • Location in a major Florida market
  • Distinctive Yankee windscreens
  • Steinbrenner statue
  • Mini-Monument Park
  • New seats
  • Quasi 360-degree concourse
  • One of the largest videoboards in spring training
  • Excellent ballpark atmosphere
  • Upgraded concessions
  • Vastly superior premium seating
  • So many places to hang out or sit down and eat
  • Nods to Yankee history in the portals on the main concourse

Thing I don’t like:

  • No true outfield concourse
  • Awful ballpark policies
  • They kept the infamous “No Loitering” signs! You’d think the PR department would have conveyed this in a less menacing way
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Scorecard:

Setting: 8/10

Location/Access: 8/10

Architecture & Aesthetics: 19.5/28

Exterior Design: 6/10

Interior Aesthetics: 11.5/15

Concourses: 2/3

Functionality: 20.5/25

Sightlines: 8.5/10

Seat Comfort: 4.5/5

Concourses: 4.5/7

Scoreboard: 3/3

Atmosphere: 15/17

Ballpark Personality: 10/10

Fan Support: 5/5

Ballpark Policies: 0/2

Amenities: 18/20

Concessions: 9/10

Premium Seats: 4/4

Sitting Areas: 4/4

Entertainment: 1/2

Conclusion

Bonus: 8

Final Score: 89.5