Steel yourself, because there’s gonna be a lot of it. The Yanks are admitting to their plans for a new stadium to be placed adjacent to the current House of Ruth. Groundbreaking to take place in ’06; first pitch in ’09. The YES team is currently aping the company line:
-The entire $800 million cost will be funded by the Yanks
-It’s gonna be just like the original 1923 stadium, except w/ modern amenities
-The current park will be maintained as is for the community
It appears that the strategy for shoving this through is to disparage the (admittedly unlovable) ’76 reconstruction of the Ruth/Dimaggio/Mantle era park as somehow “inauthentic,” which would seem at odds with the last 30 years of Yankee promotional hyperbole regarding the continuity of tradition and the magic of the present Bronx ballpark.
As we’ve previously noted, and despite the assurances of YES’s yes men, the idea that a new park will retain anything like the atmosphere of either the current stadium or the original park is a fantasy. The proposed new stadium will have fewer seats than either the ’23 or the ’76 versions, fewer of those seats (and especially the good seats) will be devoted to ordinary fans (as opposed to corporate sponsors), and the overall atmosphere will be less “electric” and more “mall.”
We also note that the suggestion that the team would pay for the entire stadium is a bit of misdirection that elides the fact that the public is being asked to fork over at least $300 million for various infrastructural upgrades, and that the whole thing is being built on public land.
The Yankees don’t need a new stadium. A new second baseman? Absolutely. But not a new stadium. Read the Daily News’s story here.