Yankees Open Doors To Batting Practice Three Hours Before Game

Tempe Diablo Stadium Los Angeles Angels 2019

Fans will be allowed in the outfield sections of Steinbrenner Field three hours before game time to watch the New York Yankees batting practice, as a popular 2018 promo returns in 2019.

Fans with a valid game-day ticket must enter the ballpark from the right-field gate (accessible via the main plaza in front of the ballpark as well as from the Dale Mabry Highway pedestrian overpass that connects to the Raymond James Stadium parking lots) and will be limited to outfield sections of the stands only (including the BayCare | St. Joseph’s Hospitals HealthZone in left field, center field, and the right field terrace). The rest of the ballpark, as well as the rest of the entry gates will open two hours before game time.

If you have a MasterCard, you can get even earlier access to the Steinbrenner Field outfield section for New York Yankees batting practice. The Yankees will open gates to those with valid tickets and a Mastercard beginning 3 hours and 20 minutes prior to the first pitch.

There is some debate among fans about how much access they should have to batting practice. (Yes, in general, most fans want plenty of access.) Most teams open the gates to the ballpark either two hours or two and a half hours before game time, which does limit access to home batting practice. The Detroit Tigers sell a $5 BP Pass, allowing fans to view batting practice from the Berm and Runway sections three hours before game time. The remainder of Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium opens 2 hours prior to game time. Other teams and ballparks offer an enhanced experience that includes early ballpark access. (Yesterday, for instance, Tempe Diablo Stadium allowed early access to select fans. Normally the gates open 1.5 hours before game time; the youths above were scoring early access to players leaving the field. Shown at the top of the page: Luke Bard signing for some lucky Angels fans.)

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