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  • 1998 Yankee Stadium Renovation Proposal

    StadiumPage.com just put this up the other day. I don't remember hearing about this/seeing these renderings.

    http://www.stadiumpage.com/stpages/yankeereno.html

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    Yankee Stadium Renovation

    I remember this when the Yanks were planning to move by the west side rail yards. Itwas an intriguing idea and more creative than what is taking lace right now..

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    • #3
      I think that the glass windows between the upper and lower decks look really stupid. It's completely out of place. So they were going to take out the whole mezzanine and reserve that area for luxury suites? And have about 10,000 fewer seats available to the general public? I'm glad that they didn't go through with this. The new stadium that they're building is much better.
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      • #4
        I remember the proposal and 2 of the renderings were shown in the Bergen Record I believe at that time, it was the first one and the second to last one with the Yankee Hall of Fame. I thought it looked great then and it still holds up now...
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        • #5
          I liked many aspects of that poposal, like restoring the entrances at Gates 2 and 4, and of course restoring the frieze to its rightful place. The idea of enclosing the 1B and 3B sides of the exterior was intriguing. It's similar to the Great Hall idea, and I think it would have allowed for easier egress. Took me 15 minutes to exit from the Tier on tuesday night. Don't know if that proposal would have addressed that issue, but I do remember Steinbrenner remarking that the fans had to exit via "catacombs". I did not like the glass enclosed suites on the Loge level, nor the loss of all those seats. Suites extending out to the edge of the infield or slightly further would have been tolerable, unless you were one of those fans that would be losing your seats on the Loge level.
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          • #6
            They actually moved the courthouse building more towards left field in those renderings. Somewhat nice concept with the new facade but the glass along the club/second level removes the fans from the true atmosphere.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by curb my enthusiasm View Post
              I think that the glass windows between the upper and lower decks look really stupid. It's completely out of place. So they were going to take out the whole mezzanine and reserve that area for luxury suites? And have about 10,000 fewer seats available to the general public? I'm glad that they didn't go through with this. The new stadium that they're building is much better.
              Yea it does look ugly and that would have either been altered prior to re construction or have been removd by now IMO. They had this similiar thing in Boston for a number of years where they had the upper section in front of home plate closed off, but then removed it after the 2005 season.

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              • #8
                This plan was put together by Bronx Boro President Ferdinand Ferrrar, back when all the talk was about the westside stadium. The Yankees weren't really involved with it all. It is interesting though.

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                • #9
                  Yeah, the glassed in second level seems out of place, but otherwise I think it's better than what will be opening next year.

                  Wonder if this plan called for a reversion to the old dimensions?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by PeteU View Post
                    Yeah, the glassed in second level seems out of place, but otherwise I think it's better than what will be opening next year.

                    Wonder if this plan called for a reversion to the old dimensions?
                    This was the Beyer Blinder Belle Yankee Village proposal proposed by Fernando Ferrer Bronx Borough President. I have newspaper articles on the plan and will look and see if this proposal returned Yankee Stadium to it's original dimensions....
                    Back then the Yankees were playing games and the city had more than 13 proposals for George M. Steinbrenner III. He turned all down in hopes of getting a WestSide Stadium....
                    Besides it was never about Yankee Stadium and more the surrounding area....If I remember correctly the plan called for the Luxury Suites, 50,000 seats, new parking garages, and better ramps on the Major deegan to ease congestion.....

                    I also have Newsday from 1993 when the City proposed a return of the original dimensions, the roof facade, Monuments returned to the playing field, and a restaurant in the Upper deck behing home plate.
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                    • #11
                      I don't know how feasible the plan was (did they need to play at Shea for two years? Was it structurally sound?), but it does look pretty nice.

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                      • #12
                        I vaguely remember this plan. Seeing it now, I don't like it. Pretty much the only plus is that it is the same plot of land. Capacity would've been low and still have the same blind spots.

                        Seems like they always sort of wanted this Great Hall deal...
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                        • #13
                          1998 Yankee Stadium Renovation Proposal

                          Originally posted by NYBase View Post
                          I vaguely remember this plan. Seeing it now, I don't like it. Pretty much the only plus is that it is the same plot of land. Capacity would've been low and still have the same blind spots.

                          Seems like they always sort of wanted this Great Hall deal...
                          I have seen the drawing of Yankee Stadium Renovation Proposal. If don't get inside of Yankee Stadium this season. I will go inside of New Yankee Stadium next season.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by NYBase View Post
                            I vaguely remember this plan. Seeing it now, I don't like it. Pretty much the only plus is that it is the same plot of land. Capacity would've been low and still have the same blind spots.

                            Seems like they always sort of wanted this Great Hall deal...
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                            • #15
                              It reminds me of the royals renovations, but not as cohessive. At least the royals renovations look good with the original stadium, this looks out of place!
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