Yankee Stadium

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Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium 2009.jpg
Yankee Stadium's first public event, a Yankees batting practice session
Location East 161st Street & River Avenue, Bronx, New York
Coordinates 40°49′45″N 73°55′35″W / 40.82917°N 73.92639°W / 40.82917; -73.92639
Broke ground August 16, 2006
Opened April 3, 2009
Owner New York Yankees
(land leased from the City of New York)
Operator New York Yankees
Surface Grass
Construction cost US $1.6 billion[1]
Architect HOK Sport
Capacity 52,325[2]
Field dimensions Left Field - 318 ft (96.9 m)
Left-Center - 399 ft (121.6 m)
Center Field - 408 ft (124.3 m)
Right-Center - 385 ft (117.3 m)
Right Field - 314 ft (95.7 m)
Tenants
New York Yankees (MLB) (2009- )

Yankee Stadium is the new baseball stadium of the New York Yankees Major League Baseball team, located in the New York City borough of the Bronx. The Stadium opened in April 2009to replace Yankee Stadium(1923), which the Yankees had played in since 1923. It was opened with an exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs on April 3, 2009, and the first regular game was played on April 16th of that year.

The new stadium cost 1.5 billion dollars to build, making it the most expensive baseball stadium in the world. It is built to look similar to the old Yankee Stadium, but it has many new, and more modern features.

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The stadium under construction in 2007 (top), and the completed venue next to the remains of the former facility in 2010 (bottom)
The stadium under construction in 2007 (top), and the completed venue next to the remains of the former facility in 2010 (bottom)

Stadium Parts[change | change source]

The New Stadium has many parts that look similar to the old one when it was first built. This includes the outside walls of the stadium, color of seats, and the size of playing field being the same. The new stadium also has an area known as "Monument Park" this is located behind the center field wall and has monuments honoring good Yankee players from past years. Monument park is open before the game starts. Another feature is the Great Hall. THe Great Hall is a hallway with a tall roof and many stores and food stands near the entrance of the stadium. It also has banners to celebrate the teams history. Aside from this, the new stadium also has more then three times for suites then the original. A suite is a fancy room with a view of the field where rich people watch the game. The Stadium also has many bars, and clubs along with better food then the original stadium.

Transport[change | change source]

People can get to the stadium by driving their car and parking in one of several garages near the stadium. It is located near the New York Thruway in The Bronx. The Stadium can also be reached by Train, as there is a subway station near it. Trains can often be seen from the stadium.

Reception[change | change source]

While the stadium is generally seen as being better then its predecessor, many people dislike it. This mainly because the stadiums high cost has led to very expensive ticket prices. This meant that there were many empty seats when the stadium first opened, especially behind the batter where tickets can cost up to 2,500 dollars per game. People have also disliked the stadium for its fan unfriendly practices, including not letting fans get autographs from players before the game, and that the stadium was too expensive for " A little better" then the original. The New Stadium also allowed many home runs during its first month, because of the way the wind moves the ball, causing many to call it 'to easy".

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