Yankee Stadium , located in Bronx , New York City , serves as the home stadium for the New York Yankees, replacing the previous Yankee Stadium, built in 1923. The new ballpark was constructed across the street, north-northeast of the 1923 Yankee Stadium, on the former site of Macombs Dam Park.
Throughout the world there are many buildings or structures, that become famous, legendary or popular over time for a variety of reasons. Yankee Stadium was one of these historic archives to many baseball fans across the world. The 2008 baseball season marked the end to one of the most famous stadiums in the world, Yankee Stadium. Since the time of its opening more than eight decades ago, the stadium was the home to one of the greatest teams in sports, the New York Yankees, with legendary players such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle and today’s stars, Alex Rodriquez and Derek Jeter. The Yankees have a long history that dates back to Baltimore at the turn of the 20th century. They moved to New York in 1903 and were then known as the New York Highlanders.
Construction of Yankee Stadium
The proposal for the current stadium was unveiled by the Yankees in 2004. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the stadium took place on August 16, 2006, the 58th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s death. The Yankees continued to play in the previous Yankee Stadium during the 2007 and 2008 seasons while their new home stadium was built across the street.
Although stadium construction began in August 2006, the project of building a new stadium for the Yankees is one that spanned many years and faced many controversies. The stadium was built on what had been 24 acres (97,000 m2) of public parkland. Replacement ballfields, slated to open when the new stadium did, have not been completed. Also controversial was the price tag of $2.3 billion, including $1.2 billion in taxpayer subsidies. It was the third most expensive stadium after Wembley Stadium in London and New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The ballpark opened April 2, 2009, when the Yankees hosted a workout day in front of fans from the Bronx community.
Design and layout
The stadium was designed by the architect firm Populous . Much of the stadium incorporates design elements from the previous Yankee Stadium, paying homage to the Yankees’ history. The exterior was made from 11,000 pieces of Indiana limestone, along with granite and pre-cast concrete. The exterior features the building’s name V-cut and gold-leaf lettered above each gate.The new stadium is meant to be very similar in design to the original Yankee Stadium, both in its original 1923 state and its post-renovation state in 1976. The interior, a modern ballpark with greater space and increased amenities, features a playing field that closely resembles the previous ballpark before its closing. The stadium features 4,300 club seats and 68 luxury suites.
Amenities and facilities
Yankee Stadium features a wide array of amenities. It contains 63 percent more space, 500,000 square feet (46,000 m2) than the previous stadium, with wider concourses and open sight lines on concourses. A. Over 1,100 high-definition video monitors are placed within the stadium and approximately $10 million worth of baseball merchandise is housed within the ballpark.
The Yankees clubhouse features 30,000 ft (9,100 m)² of space, over 2.5 times the space of the clubhouse from the previous facility. The dressing area alone features 3,344 ft (1,019 m)² of space, with each locker equipped with a safety deposit box and touch-screen computer.
The Yankees Museum, located on the lower level at Gate 6, displays a wide range of Yankees’ memorabilia. A “Ball Wall” features hundreds of balls autographed by past and present Yankees, and there are plans to eventually add autographs for every living player who has played for the Yankees. The ballpark offers a wide choice of restaurants. There are 25 fixed concessions stands, along with 112 moveable ones.
Yankee Stadium Facts
- Location – East 161st Street & River Avenue , Bronx, New York
- Broke ground – August 19, 2006
- Opened – April 2, 2009
- Owner – New York Yankees
- Construction cost USD $ 1.5 billion
- Architect Populous
- Capacity Baseball: 50,086 (seats)