2009 is here! Happy New Year!
Nothing is more fitting than a fresh start for NYY Stadium Insider with the general populace pining for change after a downtrodden 2008. Not even Yankee fans were immune to the 2008 doldrums, evidenced by their favorite team's absence from the playoffs for the first time since 1995.
Even though the recession and economic issues are likely to linger into 2009 and beyond, Yankee fans have reason to be positive. After the team's offseason spending spree, fans of the Yankees can look forward to watching 3 of the top free agents suit up in Pinstripes to try to bring them the elusive 27th World Championship in franchise history. There is also that 1.2 billion dollar stadium opening in April that has New York City buzzing. That's where we come in.
It is no secret that in 2008 we were not really the "Stadium Insiders" we claimed to be. With ticket prices rising upwards of 50%, we were forced to sell off our 2008 tickets. In 2009 we are going to return to our post as Stadium Insiders. With our 41 game plan ready to be purchased (as soon as the Yankees get to "B Plan" holders in their relocation process), we will be at alternating games starting with opening day on April 16!
2008 was a blessing in disguise for NYYStadiumInsider.com - with less "game experience" posts, we had to get creative in order to publish original content. We found our niche not only as stadium insiders, critiquing the stadium experiences of every day fans, but we also became media watchdogs for New York Yankee coverage. One has to look no further than the "NYYSI mentions" section of the sidebar to find some of our more popular posts of 2008.
There is plenty to look forward to in 2009. With the new stadium comes new experiences and Nick and I will be there to chronicle them. One exciting new feature of the blog we have planned is a food review series. With a "homegrown" catering company in place to provide the food, there are sure to be some must-haves along with some major misses in the food category. We will be there, digital camera in hand, to eat our way through the new Stadium. Many other new features are being brainstormed to help return our status as "NYY Stadium Insiders".
You will notice that there is a new name for the blog and the new web address. We have switched to a more streamlined blogger template and decided to revamp the site completely. We will now be known as "New Stadium Insider". The web address will eventually be http://newstadiuminsider.com. For now, we can be found at http://newstadiuminsider.blogspot.com. The original NYY Stadium Insider will remain in existence until the web hosting expires. All posts will remain in tact over there, but will not be imported here to the new site.
This entire site is a work in progress. One goal of the new site is for it to load faster involve less graphics and images. We plan on designing a nice graphic for the header of the page and have occasional photos within posts, but our goal is to create a snappier web-browsing experience.
Please continue to read the site an update your bookmarks! If you are a blog publisher, please leave NYY Stadium Insider as a link on your sidebar since all of the great information there will remain as an archive. Finally, the NYY Stadium Insider forums are still active, so as always:
talk about it in the NYYSI Forums!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
A new year, a new stadium, a new blog: New Stadium Insider is born!
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