A Stadium arises in the Bronx

Parking the next aspect of the Great Stadium Swindle
With a new year come new hopes

Last week, on the same day as my trip to the Museum of the City of New York, I trekked a little bit further north to the South Bronx. Rare are the days when I find myself at Yankee Stadium without the intention of going to the game, but that’s just what happened on Thursday.

It had been a while since I had checked out the stadium construction progress, and I thought that a vacation day when I’m already most of the way to the Bronx would be perfect. A short ride from 103rd St. dropped me off at that 161st St.-Yankee Stadium stop where I was greeted with a stadium looking much further along than it had been at the end of September when I last went to a Yankee game. With my trusty camera, I snapped a whole bunch of photos, and the slideshow is below.

But first, some highlights. All links open in new windows.

And now the slideshow. The next update on the photos probably won’t be until April now, and I expect a lot of progress in the meantime. I’ll miss the old stadium when it’s gone.

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Parking the next aspect of the Great Stadium Swindle
With a new year come new hopes
  • Bo

    Great photos.

    Really looking forward to it

  • http://scottproctorsarm.blogspot.com Andrew

    Great pictures, Ben.

    Thanks.

  • http://ibleedblueandwhite.blogspot.com Jamie

    To be honest, when I first looked at the blueprints for both Citi Field and the New Yankee Stadium, I couldn’t help but think that Citi Field was more visually appealing from the outside… I really REALLY hope I am wrong… as I will miss the days of calling out Mets fans for that piece of @#@ in Flushing.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      I think that just depends on personal preference. There’s no doubt that Citifield will be much more visually appealing than Shea Stadium. Just about anything would fit that bill. But the new Yankee Stadium, from the outside, will look a lot like the pre-1970s Yankee Stadium, while Citifield will be reminiscent of Ebbets Field. If you like red brick better, than you’ll prefer Citifield, but if you like the marble and limestone look, new Yankee Stadium is the one for you.

      • Steve S

        i grew up within five minutes of shea unfortunately, so i have to go past it every time i see my folks. Citifields exterior doesnt look that great. it looks better than shea but thats not saying much. I think they are really going to regret the choice on colors in a couple of years. It looks like they are trying for that camden yards, jacobs field look, but they are getting something that a middle aged guy in Long Island would build in Manhasset or Dix Hills.

  • mike f

    thanks for the pix. seeing that stonework on the front facade really got me excited

  • steve (different one)

    i don’t care so much about the way it looks from the outside. my guess is that most yankee fans (at least the ones like me who usually sit in the upper deck) are not going to love the new stadium.

    in the old stadium, the upper deck is one of the best places to sit. the upper deck in the new stadium will be much further from the field.

    instead of feeling like the upper deck packed with thousands of fans is right on top of the field, it’s going to feel cold and sterile with the fans situated further back.

    or at least, i am guessing it will, i admit i won’t know that until it opens.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I thought the new stadium was supposed to be a replica of the old stadium.

    And the fact that our stadium is named for our team and not some corporate entity will make it always look better than Citi (snicker) field.

    How many parks in baseball are named for their team? How many parks have corporate monikers? The ones in the middle (Fenway Park, Wrigley Field) are getting fewer and far between as well.

    • Anthony Iorizzo

      Hey LiveFromNewYork:

      I wouldn’t be so quick to condemn the Mets for selling the naming rights for their new stadium to CitiGroup.

      Do you remember what happened in Chicago? When the White Sox replaced the old Comiskey Park with a new “Comiskey Park” in 1991, they called the new stadium ” New Comiskey Park” for a couple of years before selling the naming rights to U.S. Cellular in 2003 for $68 million over 20 years. New Comiskey Park is now called “U.S. Cellular Field”.

      I predict that the same exact thing will happen with the new Yankee Stadium! The only question remaining is which corporation will the Yankees eventually sell the naming rights for their new stadium to?

  • http://ibleedblueandwhite.blogspot.com Jamie

    Good point Ben, I guess its just really personal preference. Just something about the Jackie Robinson stairway thing blew me away when I saw the computer enhanced tour thing.. I was (and still am) really mad the Yankees never did anything like that.. just the stupid pictures.. I’m a sucker for technology.

  • Art Vandelay

    I’ve been down to the South Bronx several times recently for work (specifically the Bronx Family Court – that place is a madhouse, btw, but that’s another story). I have to say – traffic-wise, that place is an absolute mess right now, so it’s hard for me to picture what it’s going to be like once the new stadium opens. It seems like they’re doing an awful lot of road work, presumbaly which will all be done before the season starts. But the result so far is that traffic bottlenecks big-time on Grand Concourse and trying to get onto the Major Deegan. I guess traffic has always been bad around the stadium, but with all the construction going on, man alive. Yet another reason to take public transportation.

    Also, steve, I hadn’t heard that the new upper deck was going to be different than the old one. That strikes me as quite surprising (and disappointing). I’ve always thought the imposing height and steepness of Yankee Stadium is one of its best (and most notable) characteristics. It’s a big part of the aesthetics of the Stadium, not to mention that it creates superior sight lines for fans. I can’t stand Shea where you feel a mile away in the upper deck. But I thought that the new stadium was supposedly a replica of the current one. Was I wrong?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Art: The new stadium features a significantly recessed Upper Deck. It’s a bum deal for those of us who love those tier seats and one that hasn’t received a lot of attention.

      • steve (different one)

        Ben is right, it is rather surprising how little attention this has gotten.

        i think it will be a major story after the stadium opens and there is going to be a lot of “mixed reviews” of the new stadium. that’s just my opinion.

    • http://www.fieldofschemes.com Neil deMause

      Here’s a schematic that gives some sense of the new, more set-back dimensions:

      http://www.fieldofschemes.com/.....s_the.html

      I’ve been doing my best to harp on this for two years now, but I think it’s hard for most people to picture until they’re actually sitting in the seats.

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    After a quick scan through the slideshow, I already picked up an OSHA violation that would result in a pretty hefty fine for the contractor. Safety first!

  • Kevin23

    I’m no fan of obstructing profits, but I am a fan of going to Yankee games BECAUSE they are Yankee games. This only makes sense if you’ve been there. The place shakes when the crowd gets into it. I’ve never been at a louder outdoor event than the Yanks and Sox games in ’03. The main crowd sits close and low. And when you sit in the cheap bleacher seats, the whole crowd faces you. Its really great if you like sound.

    When the Lakers moved to Staples, I felt the same way about leaving the Forum. But they were going to a much bigger place, in a better location. This seems like a downgrade and strategic re-allocation of priority. I can see how that could be a bitter pill to swallow every time you had sit through a monotonous experience at a high priced uneventful new ball park. But, that’s still just a hypothetical.

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  • Missing Baseball Really Badly

    Ehhhh, to hell with Citifield. Didn’t some astrologer or psychic say the place had a “negative aura” or some other bad luck attached? Makes a load of sense in light of ’07…

  • Bob Sacamano

    What a travesty, to lose Yankee Stadium, two dozen acres of parkland, and the hundreds of millions of dollars we’re paying to make it happen. This is corporate socialism at its finest.

    Let’s add things up. On top of the $700 million devestment (minimum) from taxpayers, we get upper-deck ticket prices of $27 a pop–a price tag likely to increase yet again in 2009, just as the seats strangely end up much further away from the field than in the real Yankee Stadium.

    Years from now, you’ll all wonder how we let something like this happen. You all get what you vote for.

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