They could have bought a plot of old apartments about the same size as OYS and demolished them for the replacement parkland, then taken the vacated Yankee Stadium, torn most or all of the the third deck down and left most of the first deck, loge and press boxes, and then moved AAA Scranton to play in the down-sized historical park. It could have been a living museum. They could have then scheduled the AAA team to play on off days of the parent team, and kept the area constantly alive through the summer months.
1. Where would the people living in the apartment buildings move?
2. What would they do with the el? The train can't jump over holes in the tracks.
That woulda cost the city so much money. They'd have to move the tracks for the 4 train underground, which woulda taken like 3-5 years, then the team woulda had to knock down the apartment buildings, which would possibly fill the air with asbestos, and it woulda probably taken much longer to build on that land than parkland, cause they'd have to clean the land up, and start building.
I'm not sure why the el tracks would be affected by this idea. True you would have to relocate people in the condemned apartments, but it happens often, just look at Brooklyn and Atlantic Yards where they want to build a coliseum for the Nets. Also, when I say buy a block of apartments to tear down and replace the lost parkland, I am not necessarily referring to the apartments seen in the YS outfield. It could be them, but it does not have to be them.
You are right, my idea creates a whole new set of problems, but since it ain't happening, I get to dream it any way I wish
Why can't they use the same ball park as the Major league team?
Because that would eliminate the aboility to continue to use the old YS in some manner. But since that is not going to happen, you make a very good point. By having the AAA Yankees share YS, wouldn't you potentially improve the development of these players in terms of acclimating them to the environment of YS and the city? I think it would also be great to have the fans get to knwo some of the prospects better, making it even more exciting when they get called up. I think the dual-way exposure would benefit everybody.
Another great advantage for the AAA Yanks to share NYS would be that some of the areas that are prohibitively costly for the average fan such as the lower deck between the dugouts and the concessions serving them. I would pay to see a minor league game there if I could enjoy seats I never could have access to for a MLB Yankees game. They could make it cost efficient by not opening the upper concourses. It could be first deck only on those days. This could be profitable too for the team by keeping the team stores open, funneling people into the restuarants, Soft Rock Cafe, etc.
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Which area of Yankee Stadium do you think will be demolished first? Probably the bleachers? Then after that, I would imagine that they'll take the field level apart before the upper deck, just like they're doing at Tiger Stadium.
Also, it's going to be very weird after the season is over to see Yankee Stadium without its blue seats. Probably every single one of them (55,000+) is going to be sold.
I still can't believe that this grand ballpark is going to be destroyed. I'm looking forward to the new stadium as much as anybody, but because I'm only 30 years old, this is the only Yankee Stadium that I know. I wasn't around for the pre-renovated version. I guess I have Derek Jeter's point of view. He said that it will be very sad to see the old ballpark close, but it will be awesome to move into a brand new stadium.
I doubt demolition will resemble anything like Tiger Stadium.First of all there is access to the outfield easily attained through both the left and right field corners. Secondly, Tiger Stadium was probably stripped already beyond a few odd seats. Yankee Stadium is still occupied by offices, functioning banquest rooms, club boxes, equipment, monument park, etc. All of this stuff has to be inventoried and moved across the street or to a temporary warehouse. Then the upper deck has to be handled differently because of the cantilevers, etc. I bet it ends up being a very slow process regardless of whatever schedule they may be on.
Well, however which way they choose to demolish the building, it will be very interesting to see. It will also be interesting to see how differently they handle the demolition of Shea.
Once the seats are removed the outlines of the original upper deck portals which were closed off should become apparent.
Seems to be the demolition of Shea will be more of a priority because that space will be needed for parking. And it's possible the 9/21 game may not be the last public event at Yankee Stadium after all. According to the Yankees' website:
Tours will be held daily through September 19, 2008, at which time they will shut down and will continue after postseason play (date to be determined).
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Note that it does not say the tours "may" continue or "might" continue, but "will" continue. No ambiguity here.
I wonder what itís like after death. Probíly itís like it is bífore birth. Is it nothing? Non-existence? Thatís not hard tíunderstand, but itís hard for people tíaccept. Itís hard for them to imagine not existing because all of their memories are of their existence, not non-existence. Aní people ainít too crazy about the idea of themselves not existing. - Harvey Pekar, ďShort Weekend: A Story About the Cosmic and the Ordinary,Ē American Splendor #3, 1978.
The new Stadium will be turned over to the Yanks in Feb 2009, at which time the offices,etc will move from Old to New. Asbestos removal is scheduled for March-April of '09. Then the real demolition begins, but not like Tiger Stadiums. Yankee Stadium will be carefully taken apart piece by piece, so u$ fan$ can buy them up.
Of course, what the hell do I know, I'm from Jersey!!!
Jimmy Dugan: Because there's no crying in baseball. THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! No crying! (Tom Hanks, "A League of Their Own" (1992)
When does the inevitable begin? I was looking at the Shea demo thread and got a pit in my stomach watching them start to remove seats and such.. (and I grew up at OYS!!) I wonder how people will feel when our place gets demo'ed.. It' going to feel kind of weird not having it around when it's been a constant thread in our forty something Yankee fan lives..
well the official last event in the stadium is sometime in November, and i dont think they starting deconstruction until like, April or so. but total demolition wont happen for over a year, I think. im just going by memory from whats been posted on here.
but yeah, you are right. it is kinda sad seeing Shea being deconstructed so quickly. even though I am not a Mets fan, its where I saw my first baseball game, so that holds a special place in my memory.
Better a quick demolition than to end up like Connie Mack:
Bernie said it best... "A part of me will die along with Yankee Stadium"