Welcome to New Yankee Stadium!  2009-04-04


Surprisingly, at the very last minute tickets were still available for Game #2 at New Yankee Stadium, albeit an exhibition game and the last game of spring training.


More photos at: http://www.kodakgallery.com/edp128128/main/0904_new_yankee_stadium


New main lobby on 161st Street side.




The original 1923 frieze from the old stadium, removed in the 1974 renovation, has been nicely reproduced in the new stadium.    The frieze most recently in the old stadium from 1976 to 2008 was also a reproduction.    As you can see, it was rather windy and cold.



On thing I noticed is how well the shape and configuration of the inner part of the old stadium was reproduced.   The outfield lines are the exact same dimensions, and the configuration of the bullpens and bleachers are somewhat similar



Now you know what brand of cold cuts and chess highly paid superstars eat.


Final score.    Also built into the stadium is a class manual scoreboard just like in Fenway or Wrigley.    I understand one was in the original Yankee Stadium in 1923 but do not recall it in being there in the 1960s.



Although we did not arrive in time to see Monument Park (it closes before gametime like in the old stadium), there is a small museum on the middle level.    Right: wooden seat, 1946-1973










This 60 foot 'sculpture' in the center of the room commemorates Don Larsen's 1956 World Series perfect game.    In between Don Larsen and Yogi Berra is a case shaped in the arc of a pitch, holding hundreds of autographed Yankee baseballs.






Left: Thurman Munson's locker was never reoccupied after he was killed in 1979 in a plane crash, and now was moved to the new stadium.

Right:  HOK architectural model from planning stage.




As seen from the downtown Lexington platform, as of Saturday April 4 some initial demolition of the old stadium has begun.


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