April 15, 2007
Yankee Stadium on Death Row
I took a ride up to Yankee Stadium today. There wasn't a game on, but I wanted to buy tickets for a game next month.
Since 1923, the great ballpark has lurked over the elevated train platform at 161st Street and River Avenue. But it's days are numbered. Yankee Stadium is on Death Row.
The New York Yankees won clinched nine World Series there. The Brooklyn Dodgers won their only World Series there. Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling here; Jack Dempsey, Rocky Marciano, and Muhammad Ali fought for the heavyweight title in this stadium. The New York Giants football team won NFL championships here.
Pele played here for the Cosmos. Glasgow Celtic and Manchester United stopped by to play also.
But after 2008, "the Stadium" will be history.
But across Rupert Place, in what once was McCombs Dam Park, a new Yankee Stadium is rapidly taking form. I'm surprised that they've made this much progress.
A view into the pit from a No. 4 train heading downtown. Even on a Saturday, there was a lot of activity there. The new stadium will be wonderful, I know that. But I'll surely miss the old Yankee Stadium, and the greatness that it has been known for.