By Qingcheng Huang, the OISS 2012 Summer Intern
Summer Session sometimes has a lottery to win tickets for events in New York City. Last weekend I didn't win, so I decided to try my luck again this weekend. And this time I won tickets to see the Yankees baseball team!
For $20 I got a ticket to the game and a shuttle ride Yankees Stadium in New York. It was freezing on the bus during the two hour trip. I made a mental note to always bring a coat for air-conditioned places in U.S. There were several TVs on the bus, and the movie Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix without subtitles was an entertaining challenge on the way.
It was lunch time when we arrived at the parking lot so we got some food outside the stadium. I bought two hotdogs and a beverage for $3.50.
The stadium is next to an elevated subway station, and there are many small shops around the stadium selling Yankees-related souvenirs.
When we entered the stadium, it seemed like the competition had already started.
Our tickets were in the 432B section, which was pretty far from the playing field.
This was the first time I ever watched a baseball game in a stadium, and I was confused by the rules. So I cheered when people around me cheered. Later, after a discussion with the students around me, I learned that the entire crowd in this stadium only cheered for the Yankees team.
I really enjoy the passionate atmosphere in the stadium. During the breaks, the large screen on the left side of the stadium offered games for the crowd and random audience cams. They usually choose people with Yankees signs or people with distinguishing features. They showed a "dancing nanny" more than 3 times!
I sampled some greasy and salty garlic fries sold inside the stadium. The small version of fries costs $7 and the Pepsi coke cost $5. Along with food and drink, the souvenirs inside were also really expensive: a Yankees cap cost around $45.
On our trip home we encountered traffic jam and a rain storm. We missed the dinner time at the dinning hall so YSS offered us pizzas and drinks at the buttery.
This trip was a valuable opportunity to get to know more about American culture. Even if you don't know much about baseball, you would be influenced by the enthusiastic fans at a baseball game. I feel lucky to be able to participate in the YSS activities. (You can learn more about summer activities here: www.yale.edu/summerlife.)