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  • SparkyL
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    Originally posted by MarcianoNY View Post
    The upper deck is probably the thing I'm most conflicted about in the new stadium. We'll have to wait and see, yes it looks more generic, but on the other hand when we used to sit in the upper deck on the first baseline, you could go an entire game without seeing Paul O'Neill in the outfield! Its funny how you tend to forget about stuff like that.
    I think that in NYS HOK could have
    1) Not split the upper deck
    2) Added 3-5 rows in the back
    3) Moved it a little closer

    I also think that the roof should have extended out a bit more as well. It looks to be not much wider than the existing Stadium's and if you sit in the back couple of rows you will have the frieze in your face (in the old Stadium in the back row the frieze was at least twice as far away and therefore not as obtrusive).

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  • curb my enthusiasm
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    Originally posted by MarcianoNY View Post
    The upper deck is probably the thing I'm most conflicted about in the new stadium. We'll have to wait and see, yes it looks more generic, but on the other hand when we used to sit in the upper deck on the first baseline, you could go an entire game without seeing Paul O'Neill in the outfield! Its funny how you tend to forget about stuff like that.
    Think of all the people who missed the Jeffrey Maier incident, and Jeter winning game 4 of the 2001 World Series. Thousands of people who paid good money sitting in the right field upper deck completely missed those!

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  • yankees82
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    Originally posted by curb my enthusiasm View Post
    I realize that Yankee Stadium's upper deck is very close to the field, but I would prefer not to sit there unless I'm directly behind home plate. If you sit down the lines, unless you are in the 1st or 2nd row, you cannot see a great portion of the outfield. I am going to prefer the new stadium's upper deck. Although it will be pushed farther back, it will allow for better sightlines.
    i agree. The closeness of the upper deck means that a chunk of the action is taking place underneath you rather than in front of you. And if you're in the first row of the upperdeck, you get a fantastic view of the metal railing. It's very annoying and possibly one of the worst seats in the house IMO.

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  • MarcianoNY
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    Originally posted by curb my enthusiasm View Post
    I realize that Yankee Stadium's upper deck is very close to the field, but I would prefer not to sit there unless I'm directly behind home plate. If you sit down the lines, unless you are in the 1st or 2nd row, you cannot see a great portion of the outfield. I am going to prefer the new stadium's upper deck. Although it will be pushed farther back, it will allow for better sightlines.
    The upper deck is probably the thing I'm most conflicted about in the new stadium. We'll have to wait and see, yes it looks more generic, but on the other hand when we used to sit in the upper deck on the first baseline, you could go an entire game without seeing Paul O'Neill in the outfield! Its funny how you tend to forget about stuff like that.

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  • curb my enthusiasm
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    I realize that Yankee Stadium's upper deck is very close to the field, but I would prefer not to sit there unless I'm directly behind home plate. If you sit down the lines, unless you are in the 1st or 2nd row, you cannot see a great portion of the outfield. I am going to prefer the new stadium's upper deck. Although it will be pushed farther back, it will allow for better sightlines.

    I've sat in other stadium's upper decks that are pushed further back, such as Tropicana and Shea, and I had no problem with it. I may have been a little bit farther away from the action, but at least I could see ALL the action, and not have to guess what happened from the crowd's reaction.

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  • MJP
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    I would have preferred for Yankee Stadium to have been renovated.

    That said, the exterior of the new park is outstanding. Further, the old stadium was claustrofobic and the concourses were very narrow. The stadium food venors were also limited as were the washrooms.

    My only problem with the new stadium is the Upperdeck. The yankees should have told HOK to f-off and replicate the original upperdeck. I also would have loved a return of death valley, with the orginal three monuments, flag and plaques on the wall.

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  • Sean O
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    Originally posted by GordonGecko View Post
    People were complaining that the 2009 stadium is not going to be the same, that the history of the old place is going to be lost, etc... So my whole reason for bringing up the discussion is that we've ALREADY erased the real Yankee stadium in the renovation, and that moving it now across the street is completely isignificant to the history since Yankee Stadium was already gutted in the 70's.

    If people wanted to complain about losing the original Yankee Stadium they should have done it 3 decades ago
    I happen to plain agree with you here, but I'll play devil's advocate. Here's a good example. If you've ever been to Kennywood amusement park in Pittsburgh (if you haven't, I highly recommend doing so) you probably went on The Racer. Here's the exterior of the ride now, and when it was built:


    However, back in the 60s/70s, that exterior was changed to a more modern, hideously ugly multi-colored design. Now, what if Kennywood, instead of simply taking the easier task of restoring the exterior, had ripped down the entire ride because it was "out of date" or unpopular?

    Yes, Yankee Stadium was hurt greatly in the 70s renovations. However, when the wrecking ball starts knocking it down next year, we will forever lose the chance to restore the park. The 70s renovation wasn't all bad, as they effectively removed the lower deck's support posts, while maintaining the insanely close upper deck.

    I am fully confident that a tremendous number of luxury boxes could be added to the park, while also bringing those iconic Yankee Stadium elements (the frieze in the grandstand, mainly) back. Monument Park can be relocated to another area that doesn't negatively affect the views of thousands of seats, and the concourses can get a renovation that removes the 70s buildings that stick out sorely, without removing functionality.

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  • GordonGecko
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    Good idea moving this thread here, let's keep the other board for actual construction progress discussions and pictures. What started some of this was when I posted that the renovated stadium isn't the same place as the pre-renovated stadium.

    People were complaining that the 2009 stadium is not going to be the same, that the history of the old place is going to be lost, etc... So my whole reason for bringing up the discussion is that we've ALREADY erased the real Yankee stadium in the renovation, and that moving it now across the street is completely isignificant to the history since Yankee Stadium was already gutted in the 70's.

    If people wanted to complain about losing the original Yankee Stadium they should have done it 3 decades ago
    Last edited by GordonGecko; 04-28-2008, 08:26 AM.

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  • Chevy114
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    As an outsider looking in, it doesn't feel like the same stadium they built for ruth or even the same stadium that they added on to until the renovations actually started. It was cool that it stayed in the same place and they kept most of the stadium intact, but they did so many dramatic changes, I don't look at it the same way I do with fenway or wrigley.

    So to me its like getting rid of a stadium from the 70s such as 3 rivers or shea. They talk about better site lines, wider seat rows, and bigger concourses; so I would be in favor of getting a new stadium to get those things!

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  • SparkyL
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    My take:

    And for the record, while the renovation did take away from some of the original "feel," I think it is an engineering marvel. I have some blueprints from the renovation that show exactly how they were able to support a massive upper deck that was originally only supported in the front and the back, without losing too much of the Loge and lower deck to do it.

    As for the new Stadium, in general I am for it; however, my support will certainly wane if it turns out that the "average" ticket buyer is precluded from accessing substantial sections of the park. Making some of the lounges and clubs exclusive to season ticket and suites holders is perfectly acceptable. Limiting access to entire concourses is not.

    As for the current Stadium, based on what they are doing with the new one, it looks like they could have returned some of the original design elements (such as the frieze) to it if they really wanted to.

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  • SparkyL
    started a topic Pros & Cons - New Yankee Stadium and 70's renovation

    Pros & Cons - New Yankee Stadium and 70's renovation

    There has been a lot of passionate discussion on the merits of replacing the House that Ruth Built with a new Stadium. Equally passionate has been discussion of the impact of the 1974-75 renovation to the original ballpark.

    Since these conversations have been "encrouching" on the New Stadium Construction thread, this thread needed to be created.

    Have at it . . . . !!!

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