Boston College fans who are local may know how to get to the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl, but what about the out-of-towners?
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Granted, doing an article like this is much easier than, say, for Shreveport last season. There was essentially no good answer to the question of how to get there, whereas at least there are a number of ways for fans outside the Tri-State Area to converge.
This goes beyond simply getting to New York City, however: it is a matter of how to get to Yankee Stadium once you are already in the city. That can be a complicated issue all in itself.
As mentioned a number of times in the last few weeks and over the past six years on this website, I am from New York. Allow me to make some recommendations.
2014 Pinstripe Bowl: Descending On The City
Boston College fans who are arriving from out of the area but within maybe about a five-hour radius are probably going to want to take a car. Just about any interstate heading into the city will do, depending on where you will stay if you overnight it.
If you are entering New York City from New Jersey, be advised that the tunnels and George Washington Bridge now have exorbitant tolls of 14 dollars. This goes only one way, from New Jersey into New York. Circumventing Manhattan to the north provides some toll relief (the Tappan Zee Bridge is five bucks), but could take you significantly out of your way in some cases. The Verrazano Bridge from Staten Island to Brooklyn is a preposterous 15 bucks one-way only, after which you have the misfortune of sitting on the Belt Parkway or the BQE.
From the New England side, again, depending on where you stay, you might cross some bridges (e.g. the Triboro, Whitestone, et al.), but I-95 is the way to go. Driving is less of a hassle from the east, as the impossible task of driving through Manhattan is eliminated.
Those who are so inclined could take the shuttle service from Logan to LaGuardia Airport. The thing is, if you have not already booked, it could be massively expensive. That’s a lot of bank for a 75-minute flight.
The train is an option, but at this point, getting a train out the day after Christmas will probably cost over 100 dollars, if not closer to 200 round-trip. With it being such a busy travel time, few seats are still available.
Finally, if you want to roll the dice, you could try something like the Bolt Bus. It will be about 40 bucks one-way and there are still seats available the day after Christmas.
2014 Pinstripe Bowl: Getting to the Stadium
Now here’s the tricky part. To a native Bostonian, the New York City Subway system is an unwieldy leviathan; the T is paltry in comparison.
Yankee Stadium is located at the 161 Street-Yankee Stadium Subway stop, which is accessible by the D and 4 trains. Getting there from Grand Central Station is actually very easy: you get on the Bronx-bound 4 train at Grand Central-42 Street (on Lexington Avenue) and you ride it until you’re there.
If Subway is your preferred mode of getting to the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl, get to either the D or the 4. Maybe a map will help. Nobody ever said it would be easy.
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From outside the city but close enough to take the Metro North (New York’s version of the commuter rail), Yankees-East 153 Street is your stop on the Hudson Line. The most a ticket will cost is about 20-25 dollars from as far away as Poughkeepsie.
Finally, assuming you might park at Yankee Stadium, which could be an option for a great many of you, it is not going to be cheap. Parking in the nearby garages or stadium lots may run you over $30, and you probably won’t fare too much better in one of the sketchier local lots run by the neighborhood folk. Also, your car may or may not have scratches on it when you get it back from them.
Driving out of the stadium, the Bronx Zoo won’t be the only one in town: the Major Deegan Expressway will qualify. Since it will be a sellout or close to it, expect heavy delays getting out of there.