Saturday, July 29, 2006

Yankee Stadium: Frieze and The Bat

One of its distinguishing features is the white frieze (constantly mistaken by fans and media as a facade) that hangs over the outfield bleacher billboards and scoreboard. A similar frieze, although copper green in color before being painted white in the 1960s, once hung from the roof over the upper deck before the renovation.

Also notable is the exhaust stack that stands outside the main entrance gate, constructed in the shape of a baseball bat. It is sponsored by Louisville Slugger, and is designed to look like a Babe Ruth model. "The Big Bat" is often used as a meeting place for people who will be sitting at games together but arriving separately.

While some elements of the Stadium are decidedly modern, its asymmetry, monuments in left-center field and exterior arches give fans a reminder of the Stadium during its most golden period. Even the blue YANKEE STADIUM letters over the main gate are longtime features; they're the same letters that first appeared there in white in the early 1960s.

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