Memorabilia deal struck, Stadium set for April demolition

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Old Yankee Stadium is now completely grassless, and city crews will soon begin demolition. (Photo courtesy of Tom Kaminski/CBS 880 AM)

The Yankees had one final piece of business pending before the city could proceed with the demolition of the House that Ruth Built. On Wednesday, the team and city moved one step closer to finalize a Yankee Stadium $10 million memorabilia, and as Bryan Hoch reported, demolition of the old park will begin prior to the April 16 home opener.

Seats, foul poles, dugouts, urinals and numerous other items from the old Yankee Stadium will be sold to fans as part of a $10 million deal between the Yankees and New York City, the New York Post reported on Wednesday.

Demolition of the old Stadium will begin next month, prior to the scheduled April 16 opening of the new Stadium. Specifics on the sale of items will be available in the coming weeks, sources familiar with the agreement told the Post.

The old Stadium is owned by the city, which will receive a guaranteed $10 million, plus a percentage of any profits above $15.9 million, in exchange for allowing the Yankees to sell the city-owned portions of the ballpark, which includes all 57,000 seats.

No value has been placed on the seats — probably the most prized stadium position. I have to wonder though if the Yanks and City of New York are going to lose out by waiting so long. The Mets announced their memorabilia sales early last summer when the economy was still relatively strong. Their sales were brisk. The Yanks are going to try to sell in a buyer’s market.

As far as memorabilia goes, I don’t think I’m going to buy any seats, and I wouldn’t touch those urinals with a ten foot pole. Plus, I don’t really have the room for either item right now. One of those signs that say “Beware of foul balls” from the main level, however, would be a nice collector’s item.

What do you want out of the old Yankee Stadium?

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  • frits

    Does anyone have an estimation of how much a seat would cost? I would buy one if the price was right, but I have no idea what range we’re talking about.

    • Kilgore Trout

      Towards the end of the season i heard they would go for between 500 and 750 per seat. Who knows now.

      • andrew©

        If they drop to under 500, I’d definitely be interested

        • Yankeegirl49

          You and me both!

    • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Bronx Baseball Daily

      You can’t buy just one I think so that would make them pretty damn expensive. Would be a great way to remember the old stadium though.

  • greg

    I want four seats to replace the couch in my apartment’s living room!

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    I want a urinal to install in my house to freak out my wife! But I doubt I could afford one.

    She’s got some irrational fear of urinals….

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I’m fighting the urge to make a Jorge Posada joke…

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Tell her she’ll never have to ask you to lift the toilet seat ever again.

      Every married couple she have a toilet and a small urinal. ‘His’ and ‘Hers’. I also am a firm believer in separate beds, but that’s another matter entirely.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    One of those signs that say “Beware of foul balls” from the main level, however, would be a nice collector’s item.

    ARod will buy that and post it on his bedroom door.

    http://www.instantrimshot.com

  • Yankeegirl49

    I wish the seats would go for the same as the ones at Shea, then i would buy a pair.
    I would love to have a foul pole for my yard.
    Im hoping to buy something (I did steal a cup holder at the last game :))
    I’ll pass on the urinals tho.

    • andrew©

      Steal a cup holder? as in ripped it off the seat? Impressive.

      • Yankeegirl49

        Well, you didnt have to rip it off the seat, it kind of slid off. Its on my desk, inside I have a final season shot glass filled with the dirt I stole from the warning track.
        My house is kind of a Yankee shrine..I have been told I should charge admission.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    What do you want out of the old Yankee Stadium?

    Jennifer Steinbrenner-Swindal?

  • Tommy S.

    I was at the home run derby and when everyone stood up for Josh Hamilton I broke apart the seat in front of me and took the number off of it. I would like a whole seat if I could get one.

    • Marsha

      At our second to last game in Yankee Stadium, we saw two people do that and then they got arrested so consider yourself lucky.

  • http://statspeak.net dan

    I’d like a foul pole.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      That’s what SHE said!

  • UNION YES.

    I want a light bulb from the scoreboard.

    • UNION YES.

      I’d also like to see what’s left of the locker room. If everything is still intact. I’d like to take a Q-tip to Jeter’s locker, swab it, put the sample into a petri dish, and with a little help from medical science; I’ll clone my own… personal.. Jeter.

  • Glen L

    Maybe Giambi left behind his gold thong?

  • Jake H

    I would like to have anything from the Stadium. It will be interesting to see how things go.

  • http://everythingbaseball.wordpress.com Aaron

    I’m just waiting to see what prices they charge. That will allow me to decide what I’ll try to get my hands on. I’ve already got dirt from the stadium but would love something more substantial. It’ll all depend on the cost.

  • http://GaryBusey GaryBusey

    Where are they selling these items?

  • KPR

    Hey guys – how much do you think it will cost per seat?

    Thanks.

  • mg

    i wonder what a “the bleachers are now alchohol free” signs will go for…

  • Mike Mussina

    I’ll take the 40′ (smokestack) bat that everyone used to meet at!

  • http://www.veridico.com Jeff fox

    Here’s a cheap momento of the old Stadium that costs a lot less than a vintage Stadium toilet seat or beer sign: Go to http://www.YankeeStadiumTheFinalGame.com to see what this neat $24 sounvenir is.

  • pounder

    I would like a piece of concrete from anywhere,inside or outside the Stadium.

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