Updated Yankee Stadium demolition photos

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Old Stadium demolition

Tom Kaminski of WCBS 880 took a bunch of aerial photos of the ongoing demolition at the Old Yankee Stadium this morning. The seats are all gone as are most of the field level sections, but the dugout is still intact. Head on over and check the pictures out, just make sure no one at work will laugh at you if you cry.

(h/t Sliding Into Home)

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  • The Lodge

    It’s like watching an old friend wither and die.

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Agreed, but I feel more like:

      “It’s like watching an old friend wither and die being slowly murdered and not being able to do anything to stop it.”

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        +187

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi
    • Matt

      sadly i agree

    • David Rohlfing

      I don’t recall any of this wailing when the 1923 Yankee Stadium was mutilated between the 1973 and 1976 seasons. Of course, those were the days when if the Yankees could somehow draw 20,000 on a Sunday without a giveaway. Where, oh where were all of the great Yankee fans then? Remember, they drew 966,000 in 1972!

  • Salty Buggah

    :(

  • Kiersten

    I wish they would have just destroyed it like what was done with Shea. It’s too painful to watch.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      They would if they could. Shea was out in the middle of nowhere, they were able to basically wrecking ball the place. YS is adjacent to two subway lines and in an urban area.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Yep, plus you technically can’t “wrecking ball” anything in NYC. All tall buildings have to be dismantled piece by piece.

        If you’ve been downtown in recent years, you may have noticed the old Deutschebank next to the World Trade Center has slowly been shrinking, level by level. That one is even more complicated due to the asbestos contamination from the WTC building during 9/11.

        With Shea, due to its location they were able to dismantle it to a certain point, and then sort of pull down sections after it was largely stripped. As Mike A. said, they can’t do that with Yankee stadium.

        • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Kind of a nit-pick, but the dismantling of the Deutsche Bank building really is a special case. Numerous buildings around/on top of the Fulton transit center, just a couple of blocks from the DB building, came down very quickly. The DB building is an extreme outlier due to environmental remediation and political issues..

  • TurnTwo

    Is there any structural reason to leave the dugouts intact? or is that maybe something they plan on leaving behind as part of a YS memorial?

    • VO

      Auction, probably.

      • JohnnyC

        That’d be a nice item to put in my backyard (if I had one) or my basement (if I had one).

  • Lou

    Those weeds on the field level are heart wrenching.

  • Yards

    Good thing they wasted 1.5 billion so they could get some luxury boxes there.

  • Cam

    My parents got me a brick from Monument Park for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. Just set it up in my office a couple of minutes ago. Then I came on here. Strange to turn around and look at that then pull up this post…

    • jsbrendog

      i was thinking about getting one of those…it seems to be the only reasonably priced thing…

      • Cam

        That’s really why my parents got it for me. Apparently, they were watching a game one night and saw a commercial for the seats and thought about that first. Then my sister goes online and finds out that they’re like $2,000 a piece, not to mention I have no place for one. So they settled on the brick. For $150, just a cool thing to own since there are a limited number of them.

        • scoopemup

          I bought the seat pair,coupled them with some black and white pix of the old Stadium,and put them in my hallway.They look fantastic,friend and relatives come over to see them all the time,folks I haven’t seen for years.

  • scoopemup

    The Grand Old Lady of Baseball.Lets all be there for her at the end,a sort of Irish wake if you will.Perfect world…..Win the World Series, and have the celebration in the Bronx, at the Grand Old Lady’s bier.

  • Bambino

    I will be there !!!

  • DCS

    Typical — no sense of historical value, no attempt to modify it and make it available for youth or public groups, just sell all the bits you can for as much money as you can get, then raze the rest.

    Damn Yankees.

  • dpnetboy

    Being a huge Yankee fan I’m also a bit nostalgic when it comes to the 76-08 stadium being torn down, but only a bit (and this coming from someone that only thought about Yankee sports from as far back in my youth as I can remember). The reason why it’s not as hard for me to swallow is because I am a huge history buff when it comes to the Yankees and Yankee stadium. The fact is that after the 74 remodel it didn’t even remotely resemble the original park and many fans were very dissapointed that they left nothing looking the same as it was before. The exterior was almost completely covered with a new facade and concorse structures. Only one gateway was left unchanged. The rest were covered, moved, or altered in some fashion. Even the iconic copper frieze (iconic to Yanks fans anyway) was torn down and sold for scrap while they made a sad attempt to try to put it on top of the outer most wall during the 74 remodeling (so small and far away that it was as good as gone anyway). It’s one of the things that really makes me smile when I see the new stadium with the frieze back where it belongs, even if it is now solid steel covered in zinc. A lot of the design details like that look so much like the original 23-73 stadium that it gives you chills when you’re there. Even the gates look the same as they did originally. Another fact that many fans did not realize after the remodeling was over, was that they brought in over a dozen dump truck loads of dirt and rased the level of the playing field by a couple feet and planted all new grass and moved all bases, including home plate over a yard further away to make more room for the new sections of seats they added behind home plate. Even the field itself was no longer the same. So that patch of dirt near first base in the 76-08 stadium is not where Gerig played either, and that grass and even the dirt itself in center isn’t the same. Even the bases themselves have been replaced dozens of times over the many decades because they take a lot of abuse over the years, they just never let the public know they have replaced them and it’s highly doubtfull that they have been stored away anywhere except maybe the very first home plate but even that is doubtful. That “fence” that Ruth hit his home runs over was gone many decades before even the 74 remodel. The new stadium is just as original as the last stadium cause the only thing that wasn’t changed forever in 74 was the addresse and only some of the concrete. Just read this obituary from sports encyclopedia for the old Yankee stadium and you’ll see what I mean. http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/memorial/2008/yankee.html Skip to the 19th paragraph to read about all the changes that were made (most at the expense of the stadiums appearance) and you won’t feel anywere near as bad anymore. It’s eye opening.
    We played in the new stadium and we went all the way and won the world series in it’s first season and it just so happens it looks more like the first Stadium in it’s original glory than that 70s ballpark that was a hideious frankenstein of a park that was gone many decades ago already.

  • DBROWNE

    I’m a Red Sox fan,and naturally hate everything related to the Yankees. But I feel terrible now that old Yankee Stadium is gone. You can build new Stadiums,but you lose the feeling of history – that Babe Ruth,Lou Gehrig,Joe Dimaggio straight up to Reggie Jackson and Don Mattingly- had played there. ( Not to mention all the other amazing moments ) Very sad to see it go.