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3 things to know before heading back to Yankee Stadium

Yankees fans are eager to get back to 161st Street and into Yankee Stadium for the first time since the end of the 2019 season.

Although the stadium is only open for 20% capacity, equating to about 10,850 fans, Yankees lovers have been scooping up tickets wherever they can find them.

Returning to the stadium is something to be excited about but there are a few new “rules” fans need to get used to in order to have a successful stadium trip.

1) Entering the stadium

All Yankees fans know what it was like to get into the stadium pre-Covid. Long lines and metal detectors were the norm for Yankees fans but there are a few more hoops fans need to jump through for this 2021 season.

All 10,850 fans going to the stadium are required to present proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test in order to gain entry. Your full vaccination, whether it be Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson, needs to be at least 14 days old.

Unvaccinated fans can certainly get into the stadium but a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the game or a negative antigen test within six hours is needed. Despite fans having proof of a clean bill of health, they will still need to undergo temperature checks before entering the stadium and heading to their seats.

2) Masks

New Yorkers have gotten used to unmasking when outdoors but the stadium will be different. Although the event has a significant amount of open air, fans over the age of two will be asked to keep their masks on while entering, walking around, and sitting in the stadium. The only time fans are permitted to keep their mask off is when they are actively eating and drinking. Stadium officially announced that certain stadium staff will be responsibility for ensuring and enforcing compliance so make sure to have your mask handy.

3) Concessions

Many fans are almost as eager to get back to their stadium eats as they are to get back to watching live baseball. Garlic fries and burrata burgers will be flowing at the stadium but the way to get them has changed.

Cash will no longer be accepted at concessions so make sure you have at least one credit or debit card in your wallet. If cash is the only thing you carry, there will be three ATMs that will allow fans to exchange cash for pre-paid cards that can be used at any location within the stadium. Social distance signs and markers will be around all concession stands but if you just don’t feel like dealing with lines and people, the Yankees have partnered with Uber Eats to allow fans to order their food directly from their seat and quickly pick it up when it’s ready.

So, if you are heading to the stadium sometime soon, remember your vaccine card or negative test, your mask,  your credit card and your Yankee jersey.