My wife & I took our annual trip to a city with a baseball stadium. And for the 2nd straight year, we went to two stadiums. It was Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium. Leading up to the trip, I was told that Yankee Stadium was the gem of all gems while Shea was the MLB dump.
After watching games at both stadiums, I can say that I was disappointed with one and surprised with the other.
For Yankee Stadium, I thought it was an okay place to watch a game. It was nothing like I hoped it would be really. The field itself was fine, but the seats were uncomfortable. I did not like the policies of the stadium (ex. cannot gain access to any parts of the stadium if you sit in the bleachers, cannot walk around in Monument Park other than pre-game, etc.), and the selection of the food was merely average. Other than the frieze above the scoreboard in the OF nothing really made it look like a nice stadium. Oh yeah, my highlight was having a vendor chew me out for being late so I couldn't get a program.
But I will say getting to Monument Park was the biggest treat in my ballpark quests to this piont. Now I just have to sit in the Wrigley bleachers, touch the Green Monster Wall, and sit out in McCovey Cove. :)
As for Shea, I was very surprised on it. It won't be mistaken for the new ballparks, but the only big problem I saw about it was it was out of date. It is really a cookie-cutter stadium but with 1/4 of the stands missing. The scoreboard might be the best I've seen in person and the seats were very comfortable and even though we sat in the upper level seats, I still felt close to the game. The food was about the same as Yankee Stadium, meaning average, but it held up well. I felt like the things they tried to put in the OF (the Dunkin Donuts coffee cup in LF and the K tracker) were a little excessive, but it wasn't overly horrible. The fans were awesome at the games I went to and the new ballpark next door looks like it will be one of the best in baseball.