Friday, July 23, 2010

Track Work

Goodbye Old friend

Thanks to an astute reader, I now know of a major subway disruption that will curtail service to Wien Stadium for much of the next TWO seasons!

But don’t worry… there are still plenty of options for getting to the game. And in my opinion, even the preferable subway option is still going to be available.

Here’s the story:

The northbound #1 subway train will terminate at Dyckman Street pretty much every weekend for the next YEAR.

Then the southbound #1 subway train will terminate at Dyckman Street for the year following that.

In other words, the #1 train is really not a good option until 2012.

Luckily, from most parts of Manhattan the A train option is faster and nicer anyway. That’s especially true if you like to walk just a little bit around the neighborhood of Inwood, which is enjoying quite a renaissance.

The A train runs on the far West side of Manhattan, through Brooklyn, past JFK airport, and all the way to a neighborhood where I did a lot of my growing up called Far Rockaway. The uptown or Manhattan bound A takes you the 207th Street stop, which is the last stop. Exit at the 211th Street exit and then you can either walk the seven blocks along Broadway, (about a third of a mile), to Baker Field or better yet, enter Isham Park on your left and enjoy a nicer trip that will take you to Seaman Avenue along the left side of the park and you will see Wien Stadium right in front of you at the end of the avenue. This is a more scenic walk and will give you a better idea of what Inwood is like.

You can also still take a Metro North train from Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.Take the HUDSON RIVER LINE to the Marble Hill stop and simply walk over the footbridge to Baker Field. You can check the schedules here, but there is a train making the 20-minute trip every 25 minutes or so.

The “City Ticket” fare is $3.50 each-way, meaning it will cost about $3 more for a round trip than taking the subway, but let me make some strong arguments for using the Metro North option if you’re in Midtown.

-You get a solid schedule rather than just waiting on a subway platform and hoping for the best.

-The Metro North trains are much more comfortable.

-The trip on Metro North takes less than half the time of the subway ride from Midtown and potentially 5-6 times faster than taking a cab.

-$7 roundtrip is 567% cheaper than cab fare, (approximately).

If you’re on campus, there will most likely be free shuttle buses to the game as there have been for more than a decade. But you can also walk down the hill on 110th Street and Amsterdam, get the uptown C train at 110 and Central Park West, and switch to the A at the 125th Street stop.

Driving to the game yourself is also still an option and the increased number of parking garages very near the stadium has made this a lot less stressful than it once was. I will have more driving tips and shortcuts when we get closer to the season.

The Flip Side of Greatness

For those of you who are wondering, the team that holds the record for fewest points scored in a season in Ivy League history is the 1961 Brown Bears who scored an incredible 24 points... for a whole nine-game season! That's just 2.6 points per game!

The team that has allowed the most points in Ivy history is the 1982 Columbia Lions, who gave up an astounding 390 points or 39 ppg. The 2000 Dartmouth Big Green are a close second at 388 points allowed.


At Fri Jul 23, 05:07:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are a geek,but a true blue COLUMBIA FOOTBALL GEEK!!
Somehow, I knew that the Lions would get a mention in the stats re: bad defense.

At Fri Jul 23, 05:57:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger friend12 said...

I think you can take the #1 to 168 and transfer to the A also?

At Fri Jul 23, 08:44:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i also recommend metro north, but only if grand central is convenient; you can switch to the A from the #1 at 168, but I wouldn't recommend it, unless you're a hearty soul. finally, if you do take the A (get off the front!), definitely head west first, then stroll north on seaman ave; you'll get a feel for Inwood - well worth it.

At Fri Jul 23, 09:24:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jessica said...

Great information. I expect to go to a game or two, but I'm from out of town, so I don't follow this kind of information. Thank you so much!

At Fri Jul 23, 09:57:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another option worth considering for a group of three or four is a private car service. With competition among such services the prices are pretty reasonable, and you have the benefit of showing up in a Town Car.

At Fri Jul 23, 10:49:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will be coming to games from out of town and will have a group of 6 or 7 people. Any suggestions on which private car services are worth using? Thank you

At Sat Jul 24, 12:35:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger friend12 said...

Getting there is not as big of a headache as returning if you are staying in Manhattan. Unless year near Gran Central station, taking #1 to campus and catching their bus might be best. Same for the return.

At Sat Jul 24, 02:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use IntaBoro 1 718 845 1111


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