Yankees amend some stadium policies

Yankees amend some stadium policies

The Yankees have amended some of their Yankee Stadium operational policies, including permitting fans to access certain areas of the field level two hours before games.

Yankee Stadium gates on Babe Ruth Plaza, located between Gate 4 and Gate 6, will continue to open three hours to the start time of every home game.

Fans will be now permitted to watch batting practice and infield workouts during the first hour gates are open -- for example, between 4-5 p.m. for a 7:05 p.m. game -- from Sections 103-110 (right-field corner), 129-136 (left-field corner) and all of the Bleachers, provided the seat is vacant.

All seats between Sections 111-129, including areas near the dugouts, will remain off-limits unless fans hold a ticket for those sections.

The changes were made public one day after Yankees COO Lonn Trost defended the original policies of the new Stadium, telling reporters, "If you purchase a suite, do you want somebody in your suite? You purchase a home, do you want somebody in your home?''

Alice McGillion, a spokeswoman for the Yankees, told The New York Times that the club had received complaints and looked at the policy at the old Yankee Stadium.

"We liberalized the policy even more," she told the newspaper. "This is part of living in a new home and making adjustments. It's only been a month."

In addition, Monument Park and the Yankees Museum will be open three hours before the start time of every home game, as well as the field-level Yankees team stores, Tommy Bahama's Bar and select concession stands in the bleachers and on the first base side of the field level.

Guests with tickets in premium seating areas, including Legends Suite, DeltaSKY360 Suite, H&R Block Suite Level and Jim Beam Suite, may access the stadium three hours prior to the start game of every home game via the Suite Entrance adjacent to Gate 4.

All other gates and areas of the stadium open two hours prior to the start time of every home game, with gate times subject to change.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.