Monday, March 30, 2015

Yelp Reviews Of Yankee Stadium

I recently read an article from Sports Pickle (I recommend following them on Twitter), which covers some Yelp reviews for Nassau Coliseum... home of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders.

Not the most inviting place from the looks of it.

While I don't mean to dump on Islander fans that read The Greedy Pinstripes (especially the Mulch Heads), I wanted to let non-Islander fans know that part of the hatred towards Nassau Coliseum probably falls on the team that plays there.

The Islanders have finished above third place in their division only once since the 1987-1988 season. Since the 1993-1994 season, they've gone no further than the conference quarterfinals.

So their fans have a reason to be bitter, even if it gets misdirected at the home of the Islanders.

Here are some of the comments about Nassau Coliseum...
I still don’t understand how they still allow people to come to this place … They do have flatscreen TVs around the building, so that’s a plus … even though they probably fell off a truck. - Jason R. Richmond Hill, NY
Smallest little joke stadium that I’ve ever been to … And I come from BUFFALO, NEW YORK!! - Tiffany F. Queens, NY
The bathrooms are gross, the seats even more gross and the areas you use for ‘VIP’ areas are just large holding dock locations in the basement … gross. - Jenn S. Port Washington, NY
Side note - I've never lived in New York City. I'm from central New York, between Rochester and Syracuse in the Finger Lakes, where things are much different than "the City" due to pro sports teams in Buffalo (NHL Sabres and NFL Bills). From what I've seen, though, most NYCers come in two forms... those that like the Yankees, Giants, Rangers, and Knicks, and those that like the Mets, Jets, Islanders, and Nets. Am I right?

Anyway, that article from Sports Pickle made me think about Yelp reviews for Yankee Stadium.

Now, when it was first debuted a lot of people dumped on "new" Yankee Stadium, thanks in part to things like no Bleacher Creatures and some seats in the outfield having restricted views. Then there was the whole home run issue, as air currents (or whatever) apparently made hitting dingers there really easy. Oh, and the place lost that "fans on top of the field" feel.

For a place that cost $2.3 billion to build, it seemed like there were way too many issues.

So what did those on Yelp have to say? Here are a few reviews...
I love this stadium!! definitely more modern and luxurious than the original but is successful in keeping the old world charm at the same time. Can't wait to go back. - Spree W. Sacremento, CA
This holy grail of a stadium just never gets old! - Chris E. New York, NY
this park is exactly what you'd expect out of the home of the Yankees. It's expensive of course but you have a good view of the field even from the upper deck. Everything is first class and has this "corporate" feel that sort of embodies the Yankees, along with reminders of their success over the years. - David H. Arlington, VA
Frankly every baseball fan should make a point of catching a game here. Aside from the tradition and heritage, there's also lots of great modern amenities that make this stadium one of the best in the country. - Kevin W. Manhattan, NY
To be forthright upfront, I am a Red Sox fan. There is no way I can give this place more than 3 stars [which he did] or I would not be allowed back in Massachusetts. - Dan C. New York, NY
The new stadium is phenomenal and we [him and his fiance] love going to games here. - Kevin B. Summit, NJ
The new Yankee Stadium isn't the house that Ruth built, but it still screams tradition. - Charley B. Kansas City, KS
A great game experience and really terrific people who work there. - Jane M. Morris County, NJ
The New Yankee Stadium is a monument to all things baseball. - Frank B. Seattle, WA
MAN!! as a long time Yankee hater and after visiting over 10 MLB parks I hate saying that Yankee Stadium might be as good as it gets. - Beau S. Seattle, WA
Yelp actually had 769 reviews for Yankee Stadium, and 558 of them ranked the stadium at least four stars out of five. That's pretty darn good. Especially when you take into account the number of Yankee haters that wrote something, along with those that simply can't get over the fact that "old" Yankee Stadium is gone.

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