Metro-North Yankee Clippers Bring Direct Service to Yankee Games on Harlem, New Haven and Hudson Lines
Subway, Buses and Paratransit Provide Convenient Service to All Yankees Home Games
Baseball is back, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is the best way for fans to get to the stands. The MTA will be providing service options to get to all New York Yankees home games, starting with the team’s home opener on Friday, April 8. The New York Yankees open their season against their rivals, the Boston Red Sox, at 1:05 p.m.
The MTA provides the most convenient service to Yankee Stadium, with all modes of transportation making stops at the ballpark. Fans can take the subway, Metro-North Railroad, buses or paratransit, and enjoy a hassle-free trip.
“Metro-North is thrilled to be back at Yankee Stadium for Opening Day,” said Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi. “We’re bringing back our Yankee Clipper trains which provide direct service from our three East of Hudson lines right to the stadium for all evening and weekend home games. We’ve added stops at the stadium for express trains on the Hudson Line, and we offer shuttle trains between Grand Central, Harlem-125th St and the stadium for fans coming from Manhattan or who are connecting at Harlem-125th St station from additional Harlem and New Haven Line trains.”
“The train is synonymous with Yankee Stadium, but NYC Transit has plenty of other options to get you to the game as well,” said NYC Transit Interim President Craig Cipriano. “The and train make stops at the stadium, five bus routes that stop by the stadium and designated paratransit stops right by the stadium. Mass transit is the best way to the game in a fast, safe and environmentally friendly way.”
“We have long encouraged our fans and staff to take the train,” said New York Yankees Senior Vice President of Stadium Operations Doug Behar. “It's easy, it's convenient, you avoid a lot of the headaches of having to drive. For many years our players have even taken the train up to get to the ballpark, because it's seamless, it gets them here on time. So, we're super excited about the season and encourage folks to come to the stadium and come by train.”
The start of the season comes as the MTA is in the middle of discounted fare pilots and initiatives that can save fans even more. Through the OMNY fare-capping pilot, New Yorkers taking the subway or bus can use OMNY to reach their “Lucky 13” and enjoy free rides for the rest of the week. For fans who plan on attending a lot of games, Metro-North's 10-trip off-peak tickets provide a 15% discount on off-peak fares and can be used by more than one person.
Here are details of game day service to Yankee Stadium on April 8:
Return of Metro-North's Yankee Clippers
Metro-North Railroad announced the return of its “Yankee Clipper” trains as part of the new train schedules that took effect March 27. The Yankee Clippers are special game-day trains which provide direct service from the railroad’s East of Hudson lines to Yankees-E 153rd St Station for all evening and weekend home games.
In addition to the Yankee Clipper trains, Metro-North will operate shuttle trains between Grand Central Terminal, Harlem-125th St and Yankees-E 153rd St Stations for fans coming from Manhattan or who are transferring at Harlem-125th Station from additional Harlem and New Haven Line trains.
The Yankee Clippers took a brief hiatus during the peak of the pandemic. In 2020, Major League Baseball did not permit fans in ballparks due to COVID-19 precautions. Fans were allowed back in the stands in 2021 with capacity restrictions, with Yankee Stadium opening at 20% capacity. As a result, Metro-North operated special shuttle trains between Grand Central Terminal, Harlem-125th Street and Yankees-E. 153rd Street stations and restored limited Yankee Clipper service as the season progressed and stadium attendance increased.
Many Hudson Line trains stop at Yankees-E. 153rd Street normally, and express trains to and from Croton-Harmon and Poughkeepsie stop at the stadium on game days.
New York City Subway
For the April 8 home opener, customers can take the or train to the 161 St-Yankee Stadium station.
The subway’s 161 St-Yankee Stadium station, with service on the and lines, is right in front of the stadium at the corner of 161st Street and River Avenue. Local and trains stop at 161 St-Yankee Stadium at all times. trains stop at 161 St-Yankee Stadium during rush hour only. Express trains will stop at 161 St-Yankee Stadium during game hours.
New York City Buses
The Bx6, Bx6 SBS, Bx13 stop near the stadium at E. 161st Street and River Avenue. In addition, the Bx1 and Bx2 both stop at E. 161st Street and the Grand Concourse, a three-block walk to the stadium.
Customers can use the real-time bus arrival tracking feature on the MYmta app before boarding.
Access-A-Ride has a designated stop in front of Yankee Stadium. To book a trip to the stadium, customers can call (877)-337-2017 or (718)-393-4999 and press prompt #2.
New York Transit Museum
The New York Transit Museum is offering the perfect way to get into the spirit of baseball season and show off pinstripe pride with a ride to Yankee Stadium aboard a 1917 IRT Lo-V train from Grand Central for one day only.
The Nostalgia Train is scheduled to leave the uptown train platforms of 42nd Street-Grand Central at approximately 11:00 a.m., and will run non-stop on the Lexington Avenue Line, arriving at 161st Street-Yankee Stadium in about 25 minutes. The ride up to the Bronx will get fans to the stadium gates with plenty of time before the first pitch at 1:05 p.m.
Originally operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) system, The Nostalgia Train began service in 1917. The vintage train cars and hundreds of other similar cars served subway customers a few years before the first pitch was thrown at the original Yankee Stadium. With rattan seats, ceiling fans and drop sash windows, the train harkens back to an earlier age of subway travel and provides a photogenic counterpoint to the new home of the New York Yankees.