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MTA Announces Extra Service on Metro-North to Get Fans to Pitt-Syracuse Centennial Football Game at Yankee Stadium

Metro-North Railroad
Updated November 9, 2023 6:15 p.m.
Game Program

Additional Trains to the Game Will Run Before and After Games on Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines

Long Islanders Can Also Get to the Game by Train by Using the Combo Ticket: A One-Ticket Trip on the LIRR and Metro-North With a Connection at Grand Central Madison

Fans Can Also Reach the Game via Subway, Bus and Paratransit

See Game Program from Pitt-Syracuse Oct. 1923 Game


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that Metro-North Railroad is adding extra trains on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Line to help fans get to Yankee Stadium this Saturday, Nov. 11, as Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh celebrate the centennial of the first football game played at Yankee Stadium when they meet at 3:30 p.m. The 1923 meeting between the two teams laid the groundwork for a long history of football at Yankee Stadium, and Metro-North is the perfect worry-free way to travel to this exciting game.

“Metro-North is thrilled to be part of history by doing what we do best – get people to the biggest, most exciting events in the area,” said Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi. “The fastest and safest way to be a part of the fun is to take public transportation and with direct service options to Yankee Stadium from the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines, Metro-North remains an attractive option for football fans around the region to get to the game.”

“With a large crowd expected for the game, the LIRR to Grand Central Madison gives fans from Long Island easy access to Metro-North’s extra Yankee Stadium service,” said Long Island Rail Road Acting President Rob Free. “Riders can buy a combo ticket to Yankee Stadium, board a train at any LIRR station and make a seamless transfer at Grand Central to Metro-North or the subway.”

"This game is 100 years in the making and will celebrate a milestone anniversary in an iconic venue. It continues a longstanding partnership with the Yankees organization, and we are grateful to the Steinbrenner family, Randy Levine, Mark Holtzman and the entire Yankees organization for the opportunity,” said Syracuse University Director of Athletics John Wildhack. “Playing in the media capital of the world and historic Yankee Stadium is an experience our team and staff will cherish.”

“Pitt’s trip to New York City to play Syracuse in Yankee Stadium has been highly anticipated by our players, coaches and fans since it was first announced nearly a year ago,” said University of Pittsburgh Executive Associate Athletic Director/Communications E.J. Borghetti. “Pitt fans always travel well to New York, whether it’s football or basketball season, and we expect the same for this game. The Panthers and Orange have a historic rivalry and this Saturday’s game will add another colorful chapter.”

Metro-North’s Yankees-E 153 St station is a short walk to Yankee Stadium and provides convenient access to the game. It is fully accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In addition to regularly scheduled trains that stop at Yankees-E 153 St station, Metro-North will operate an extra train from Poughkeepsie and the Upper Hudson Line stations, and six Hudson Line trains will make extra stops at the stadium to accommodate fans.

Direct “Train to the Game” service will also operate from the Harlem and New Haven lines to the stadium:

  • On the Harlem Line, a special Train to the Game departs Southeast at 12:57 p.m., stops at Brewster, Golden’s Bridge, Katonah, Mount Kisco, Chappaqua, Pleasantville, Hawthorne, North White Plains, White Plains, Hartsdale, Scarsdale, Crestwood and Bronxville, then runs express to the stadium, where it arrives at 2:25 p.m.
  • On the New Haven Line, there are special Trains to The Game from both New Haven and Stamford:
    • The New Haven train departs at 12:31 p.m., stops at all stations between West Haven and Stamford, then runs express to the stadium, where it arrives at 2:30 p.m.
    • The Stamford train departs at 1:43 p.m., stops at all stations between Old Greenwich and Mount Vernon East, then runs express to the stadium, where it arrives at 2:42 p.m.

Shuttle trains will operate between Grand Central Terminal (GCT), Harlem-125 St and Yankees-E 153 St stations, providing connections from Harlem and New Haven Line trains at Harlem-125 St station to the stadium.

Fans from Long Island can board trains at any station and purchase a combo ticket to the Yankees-E 153 St stop or if taking the subway can get off the train at Grand Central Madison and take the  train to Yankee Stadium. 

After the game, there will be extra trains to take fans home on all three lines, including direct trains to stations on the Harlem and New Haven lines. Several Hudson Line trains will make extra stops at the stadium to board fans, and Shuttle trains will operate from the stadium to Harlem-125 St and Grand Central. Fans may transfer to regularly scheduled Harlem and New Haven Line trains at Harlem-125 St station.

Yankee Stadium is also served by the train, and the Bx6 SBS and Bx13 bus routes. The Bx1, Bx2 and BxM4 stop nearby on the Grand Concourse, just a short walk from the stadium.

Family-Friendly Railroad Fares

Children under age 5 ride for free and up to four children aged 5-11 may ride for $1 each when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Seniors, people with disabilities, and Medicare recipients can purchase reduced fare tickets with proper documentation. Tickets can be purchased anytime anywhere with the TrainTime app, or at ticket windows or ticket machines at stations.

Real-Time Service Information

The MTA offers customers a variety of ways to receive real-time and planned service change information, as well as 24/7 customer support.

mta.info – The definitive source for real-time arrival information and service change information for each line or route in the MTA system. Customers can find current statuses on mta.info and upcoming planned service changes using the MTA’s lookup tool at mta.info/alerts.

MYmta app – Customers who use the comprehensive MYmta smartphone app will see real-time train and bus arrival times and other travel information for all MTA services all in one place. The app is available in the Apple Store and in Google Play.

TrainTime app – Schedules and trip planning are available in the TrainTime app.

Email & Text Alerts – Customers can sign up for email and SMS alerts tailored to their specific commutes and travel times. They can also sign up for MTA newsletters such as The Weekender, a weekly newsletter that covers major weekend planned service changes. Customers can sign up here.

WhatsApp – Riders can chat with NYC Transit via WhatsApp for 24/7 customer assistance. With the help of Google Translate, NYC Transit staff offer real-time customer support in up to 108 languages.

511 – For those who prefer to contact the MTA by telephone, information is available by dialing 511. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred service provider for the free 711 relay to reach the MTA at 511.