Sunday, July 30, 2006

Yankee Stadium: New Yankee Stadium

New Yankee Stadium is the working title for a new stadium for the New York Yankees, currently in development stages. It is planned to be built on the current site of Macombs Dam Park in the New York City borough of The Bronx, across the street from the current Yankee Stadium, which opened in 1923.

Groundbreaking for the stadium is slated for 2006, with a 2009 opening (the same year as New Mets Ballpark)

The new stadium's design, by HOK Sport, The stadium would actually consist of two separate structures. The exterior would resemble Yankee Stadium, as it was when it opened in 1923, and the interior would be a modern ballpark, resembling the current Yankee Stadium, with increased modern amenities that have become a staple of every new ballpark since Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It would feature a replica of the copper frieze (constantly mistaken by fans and media as a façade), that lined the inner wall of Yankee Stadium's upper deck until 1973. This lining was torn down during the 1974–75 renovations. A replica of this frieze lines the portion of the original structure that was removed during those renovations, beyond the outfield wall. It is above the bleachers and faces River Avenue. The Yankees already use this frieze as a marketing tool on television and in print, and have allowed the sporting-goods chain Modell's to use it as well.

Between the perimeter wall and the stadium would be an area which the Yankees are calling a "great hall". It would feature more than one million square feet of retail space, a significant increase from the current amount of retail space.

The field's dimensions would be identical to those at Yankee Stadium and Legends Field. The new stadium would seat 50,000 fans, compared with 57,545 in Yankee Stadium. The new stadium's seating would be spaced outward, rather than upward, placing most fans much further away from the field. The Yankees have said that these upper deck seats would remain on par with current upper deck prices. Field-level seats would be near 30,000, compared with 20,000 in Yankee Stadium. There would be half as many bleacher seats as Yankee Stadium's 7,500. There would be 60 luxury boxes between the two decks, along with many field-level areas sectioned off for high-price corporate clients. The existing Yankee Stadium has 16 luxury boxes.

The famed Monument Park, which features the Yankees' retired numbers, four freestanding monuments and a few dozen plaques dedicated to some of the Yankees' great players and managers (and Yankee Stadium visitors) beyond the left-center field wall, would be relocated to the new stadium. Based on designs revealed in 2005, the new Monument Park will be in center field, along with a restaurant covered in black tinted glass, which would serve as the batter's eye.

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