Yankee Stadium in New York City

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The current Yankee Stadium is a baseball stadium located in the Bronx, New York City. It is the home field for Major League Baseball‘s New York Yankees and Major League Soccer‘s New York City FC. The $2.3 billion stadium, built with $1.2 billion in public subsidies, replaced the original Yankee Stadium in 2009 and is the third-largest stadium in MLB by seating capacity. It is located one block north of the original, on the 24-acre (9.7 ha) former site of Macombs Dam Park; the 8-acre (3.2 ha) site of the original stadium is now a public park called Heritage Field.

The stadium incorporates replicas of some design elements from the original Yankee Stadium, and like its predecessor, it has hosted additional events, including college football games, soccer matches, two outdoor NHL games, and concerts. Although Yankee Stadium’s construction began in August 2006, the project spanned many years and faced many controversies, including the high public cost and the loss of public parkland. The $1.5 billion price tag makes the new Yankee Stadium one of the most expensive stadiums ever built.

Four F-16C_Fighting Falcons from the 174th Fighter Wing fly over the Yankee Stadium on Opening Day © US Air Force - Tech. Sgt. Jeremy M. Call Great Hall © Y2kcrazyjoker4/cc-by-3.0 © flickr.com - Reading Tom/cc-by-2.0 © flickr.com - Matt Boulton/cc-by-sa-2.0 © panoramio.com - Paulo JC Nogueira/cc-by-sa-3.0 © panoramio.com - Paulo JC Nogueira/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Four F-16C_Fighting Falcons from the 174th Fighter Wing fly over the Yankee Stadium on Opening Day © US Air Force - Tech. Sgt. Jeremy M. Call
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the stadium took place on August 16, 2006, the 58th anniversary of Babe Ruth‘s death, with George Steinbrenner, Michael Bloomberg, and then-Governor of New York George Pataki among the notables donning Yankees hard hats and wielding ceremonial shovels to mark the occasion. 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. The community was left without parkland for five years. During construction of the new stadium, a construction worker and avid Boston Red Sox fan buried a replica jersey of Red Sox player David Ortiz underneath the visitors’ dugout with the objective of placing a “hex” on the Yankees, much like the “Curse of the Bambino” that had allegedly plagued the Red Sox long after trading Ruth to the Yankees. After the worker was exposed by co-workers, he was forced to help exhume the jersey. The Yankees organization then donated the retrieved jersey to the Jimmy Fund, a charity started in 1948 by the Red Sox’ National League rivals, the Boston Braves, but long championed by the Red Sox and particularly associated with Ted Williams. The worker has since claimed to have buried a 2004 American League Championship Series program/scorecard, but has not said where he placed it. These attempts didn’t have much effect upon the home team, though: the Yankees went on to win the 2009 World Series at the end of their first MLB season in the new stadium.

The new stadium is meant to evoke elements of the original Yankee Stadium, both in its original 1923 state and its post-renovation state in 1976. The exterior resembles the original look of the 1923 Yankee Stadium. The interior, a modern ballpark with greater space and increased amenities, features a playing field that closely mimics the 1988–2008 dimensions of the old stadium. The current stadium features 4,300 club seats and 68 luxury suites.

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