Yankees to host 119th home opener in franchise history Thursday, April 1

New York Yankees to host 119th home opener in franchise history Thursday, April 1.|Art or Photo Credit: AP

The New York Yankees will open the 2021 regular season at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, April 1, with a 1:05 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays. All Yankee Stadium gates will open to Guests with valid tickets beginning at 11 a.m.

Pregame ceremonies are set to begin at approximately 12:30 p.m., with the introduction of both teams on the baselines.

Guests are strongly encouraged to arrive as early as possible to avoid lines that will increase in length as game time approaches.

Opening Day virtual pregame ceremonies will include “O’ Canada” performed by Broadway star, Paul Nolan, and a virtual color guard featuring The West Point Cadet Color Guard. The virtual national anthem will be performed by West Point Band Vocalist, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Katherine Walsh. The virtual ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Bernie Williams.

Additionally, Moments of Silence will be held for Hank Steinbrenner and Dr. Bobby Brown.

During the seventh-inning stretch, United States Army Sergeant Major MaryKay Messenger, accompanied by the West Point Band, will virtually perform “God Bless America.”

To celebrate the incredible work done by the vaccination staff at Yankee Stadium, representatives of the various organizations collaborating on the effort will be seated in the Judge’s Chambers at Thursday’s Opener. In subsequent games, other frontline healthcare heroes will populate the section.

Overall, the Yankees have won each of their last three Opening Day games. They are facing the Blue Jays on Opening Day for the fifth time and are doing so in the Bronx for the third time.

The Yankees are excited to welcome fans back to Yankee Stadium for Opening Day and the 2021 season, and the club has prioritized health and safety while adhering to COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols.

Fans should visit www.yankees.com/updates, for all need-to-know information prior to coming to Yankee Stadium, including policies related to entrance requirements (including testing/vaccine verification prior to entry, mask usage and social-distancing guidelines) and permitted activities while at the game.

All guests must adhere to Yankee Stadium Health & Safety Guidelines for Stadium entry, including:

  • PCR or antigen COVID-19 testing with negative results or proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to entry. Please visit: the YANKEE STADIUM HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES section of www.yankees.com/updates for full details.
  • Temperature checks in order to gain entry.
  • Mandatory wearing of face coverings over a Guest’s nose and mouth at all times while visiting Yankee Stadium except when actively eating or drinking at their ticketed seats. Face coverings are required for all Guests two (2) and older, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Facial shields without an accompanying facial covering will not be permitted.
  • Physical distancing in accordance with New York State’s requirements.

Due to health and safety concerns related to the pandemic, contactless technology will be implemented in many aspects of the Yankee Stadium experience. As such, all tickets will be delivered digitally/mobile-only and available on the Guests’ mobile devices via the MLB Ballpark app. No paper tickets will be issued.

To reduce and avoid contact between cash and food/retail handling, all Yankee Stadium retail food and beverage locations will be cashless and will only accept credit/debit cards, advanced purchases and touchless payments. Additionally, mobile ordering and pick up through Uber Eats will be available at select stands on the Field and Main Levels. For Guests who wish to pay with cash, cash conversion stations (e.g., reverse ATM machines) will be available at three locations throughout Yankee Stadium issuing no-fee, prepaid debit cards starting at $1 minimum denomination. The prepaid debit card can be used at any food or retail location inside the Stadium. Any remaining funds left on the prepaid debit card can be used anywhere that Mastercard is accepted.

All Yankee Stadium gates will open at 11 a.m. on Opening Day. For each of the Yankees’ remaining 11 home games in April, all Yankee Stadium gates will open 90 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the game.

At this time, only tickets in Ticket Pods to the first 11 regular season home games (Thursday, April 1, 2021 – Wednesday, April 21, 2021) are available for purchase. For these “Limited Capacity Games,” the number of tickets and temporary seating locations available are EXTREMELY LIMITED (due to Stadium capacity limits in accordance with New York State’s physical distancing requirements). Please continue to check yankees.com for more information.

For further information and details on parking and public transportation options to Yankee Stadium, please visit www.yankees.com and navigate to the Yankee Stadium tab at the top of the page.