George M. Steinbrenner Field: Old and New Traditions

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When it comes to baseball, all stadiums share the love of the game but each one has a different atmosphere. When you walk into the recently renovated George M. Steinbrenner Field, you get a sense of the Yankees pride that runs through the facility. The pride of the Yankees franchise is not only seen in the history of the team plastered on the walls of the stadium, but by the traditions of their fan base.

Food

Food is an important part of every game day experience, no matter what stadium you visit. At the Steinbrenner Field, you have a choice between the classics or something new. There are different concession stands throughout the stadium that gives you a variety of options like Cracker Jacks, hot dogs, nachos or even Dippin’ Dots. It doesn’t matter what choice you make for lunch, good food is a baseball tradition that doesn’t fade here.

Legends

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Even though Spring Training is all about the upcoming season, this ball park will let you revisit the past as well as look forward to the future. The flashback begins before entering the stadium by walking through the courtyard of retired numbers. This jersey graveyard features players like Babe Ruth and Roger Maris which is similar to the one at Monument Park. The throwback continues with quotes and facts that decorate the stadium breezeways. Even though the stadium concentrates on it’s history, it salutes to the present with Blue, the Tampa Yankees Mascot, who likes to make new friends as well as watch the game with fans. Overall, the stories of their past and present legends is the backbone of the team’s fan base.

The Logo

Their logo is the symbol of their ‘Pinstripe pride.’ It’s on shirts, hats, and even Dippin’ Dots cups. The symbol connects the old traditions and new traditions, creating an atmosphere that is timeless. When the stadium sings along to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” you not only get a sense of what the logo means to the franchise, but what their logo’s history means to their fan base.

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