Location: 1 E 161st St, Bronx, NY 10451
Who is the winningest team in Major League Baseball? It’s the New York Yankees, of course! They are the team everyone loves to hate (unless you’re from New York in which case you just love them…) Even if you say you hate them, you know you really want to see the Cathedral of Baseball, Yankee Stadium!
A new era in the history of Yankees baseball began in 2009 when the team moved from the most iconic stadium in the world to their new stadium across East 161st Street. For over eight decades, Yankees baseball was played at the old Yankee Stadium. When it opened in 1923, it was the largest and most magnificent stadium in baseball and was home to many legendary players including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and many more—the list is long!!!
Due to its deteriorating condition in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Yankee Stadium was renovated and rebuilt between 1974 and 1976. While many fans and traditionalists would have preferred the Yankees to remain at the old Yankee Stadium, the team wanted a new ballpark built to generate additional revenue and to offer fans more amenities and luxuries. After years of discussions and rumors, the New York Yankees officially announced plans for a new Yankee Stadium in June 2005. Constructed adjacent to the old Yankee Stadium, groundbreaking occurred on August 16, 2006. The Yankees financed the $1.6 billion project and the City of New York spent $220 million for infrastructure and other improvements in the area.
On April 16, 2009, the first Yankees game was played at the new stadium against the Cleveland Indians and later that year they were able to accomplish the same feat that the 1923 Yankees did when the original Yankee Stadium opened, by winning the World Series.
The new Yankee Stadium seats approximately 52,000 fans as the main grandstand consists of four levels stretching from foul pole to foul pole, with nearly 30,000 seats in the first two levels. The third level contains 56 luxury suites and the fourth level features a split-level upper deck. Fans who enjoyed sitting in the bleachers at the old Yankee Stadium can continue to do so at the new stadium as it has the same number of bleachers and includes a food court. Many elements are incorporated into the new stadium that were lost when Yankee Stadium was renovated in the 1970s. The stadium consists of two separate structures. The exterior wall, consisting of limestone and granite, constructed to replicate the original Yankee Stadium facade, built in 1923, is known as the Great Hall. It features 31,000 square feet and serves as the concourse before entering the stadium. The interior stadium itself rises over the top of the exterior. From the outside, the structures appear as one building almost identical in materials and design to the original stadium. Cavernous concourses give way to open spaces with sight lines to the field from nearly every vantage point in the stadium.
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