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  • Um, the soccer field is NOT closed during gamedays. I was at the Yankees game 2 weeks ago, and I went up to the field to get a nice vantage point for a few pictures of the new Stadium, and there was a soccer coach getting the field ready for a practice or scrimmage. There were also some local folks doing push ups and sit ups in an area adjacent to the field.
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    • Originally posted by The House That Ruth Built View Post
      Um, the soccer field is NOT closed during gamedays. I was at the Yankees game 2 weeks ago, and I went up to the field to get a nice vantage point for a few pictures of the new Stadium, and there was a soccer coach getting the field ready for a practice or scrimmage. There were also some local folks doing push ups and sit ups in an area adjacent to the field.
      How wonderful the community got a small soccer field to replace a public ball field that sits on top of a VIP parking garage.

      Maybe they should put a soccer field open daily on top of the steakhouse or allow all the kids/schools in the community full access to YS playing field and all batting cages in the stadium when the team is away until YS is gone and a new park opens and offer it for free.

      If they have money for tours, they should be able to spring for this, after all our tax bonds are paying for this while my grandmother will not get any social security increase the next two years.

      That loud noise you hear besides King George III is Levine, Trost yelling for Steiner to get moving on demolition ASAP if the city demanded these things to happen.

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      • Originally posted by IPO View Post
        How wonderful the community got a small soccer field to replace a public ball field that sits on top of a VIP parking garage.

        Maybe they should put a soccer field open daily on top of the steakhouse or allow all the kids/schools in the community full access to YS playing field and all batting cages in the stadium when the team is away until YS is gone and a new park opens and offer it for free.
        If they have money for tours, they should be able to spring for this, after all our tax bonds are paying for this while my grandmother will not get any social security increase the next two years.

        That loud noise you hear besides King George III is Levine, Trost yelling for Steiner to get moving on demolition ASAP if the city demanded these things to happen.
        lol after a day of that the Yankees won't have anywhere to play.
        Ballparks, Stadiums, & Green Diamonds Died In '08

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        • The VIP parking garage is on the far North side of the new stadium, not next to the old park

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          • Originally posted by IPO View Post
            Maybe they should put a soccer field open daily on top of the steakhouse or allow all the kids/schools in the community full access to YS playing field and all batting cages in the stadium when the team is away until YS is gone and a new park opens and offer it for free.
            The community will be lucky if the Yankees give them a few discount coupons they can use at "Family Dollar" or "99¢ Golden Discount" store across the street.
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            • Originally posted by GordonGecko View Post
              The VIP parking garage is on the far North side of the new stadium, not next to the old park
              The Ruppert garage is the one with the soccer field on top. It has great access to the Deegan. A great place to park !

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              • Originally posted by GordonGecko View Post
                The VIP parking garage is on the far North side of the new stadium, not next to the old park
                You mean this one?

                http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/ba...g_.html?page=0

                Taxpayers will fund Yankees' VIP parking, NYC gets less money

                The Yankees and hundreds of their VIPs will get free valet parking for the next 40 years, courtesy of New York taxpayers.

                The startling revelation of yet another subsidy for the richest team in baseball is buried deep in the fine print of a $237 million tax-exempt bond offering that city officials quietly issued the week before Christmas.

                The documents say a $70 million state subsidy for parking improvements for the new Yankee Stadium (slated to open next year) has been earmarked for a new 660-car valet parking garage where virtually all the spaces will be reserved for the free, year-round use of the Yankees and their VIPs.

                That's not the only shocking disclosure found in the 500-page bond document.

                Others include:

                * The total cost of the parking expansion project has zoomed to $340 million - $80 million more than city officials announced only eight months ago, when the directors of the city Industrial Development Agency gave preliminary approval to the bond issue. The money is meant to pay for three new garages, refurbishing half a dozen open-air lots and replacing lost parkland due to construction.

                * Game-day parking prices for the general public will more than double from $14 last year to $29 in 2010. They could hit $35 by 2014.

                * In addition to 600 free valet parking spaces for the Yankees, 120 game-day parking spaces will be reserved for the free use of the private cars of city cops assigned to the stadium, and an additional 130 on nongame days for city vehicles on "official business."

                When Mayor Bloomberg and former Gov. George Pataki announced their deal for the Yankees to build a new stadium in the Bronx back in 2005, the mayor guaranteed the city would receive at least $3.2 million in annual rent, plus payments in lieu of taxes from the parking facilities.

                That revenue was to be the only direct income the city would receive from the entire new stadium project.

                The money was meant to help repay the direct public subsidy to the garages - $32 million from the city, plus the state's $70 million. The city's expenditure is earmarked for new parks that will sit on top of two of the garages.

                Even then, the promised revenue was substantially less than the $3.9 million the city is receiving as its share of current Yankees garage revenue.

                Now that the bonds have been issued, we learn that the new garages will not generate enough money to provide full rent and taxes to the city until at least 2014.

                That's according to the financial projections in a consultant study. The city included those projections in the bond documents but had not previously released them, despite several requests for a copy from the economic watchdog group Good Jobs New York.

                "There may be periods during which excess cash flow could be insufficient to pay the city the full amount owed," Economic Development Corp. spokeswoman Janel Patterson acknowledged. "The amounts owed will not be forgiven, but will accrue interest at a compound annual rate ... until paid in full."

                The balance sheet for the garages can't possibly be helped by the loss of more than 700 game-day spaces to the Yankees and the NYPD.

                The bond offering says, "Parking Garage Site B will be funded exclusively from the State" [and] will have 600 spaces "reserved for use by the New York Yankees, its employees, guests, customers and other invitees and will not generate revenues."

                That is double the number of free parking spaces Bloomberg announced for the team back in 2005. In addition, the garage operator must offer the team up to 900 additional parking spaces annually at an unspecified discount rate.

                "The Yankees have no involvement with the garages," team spokeswoman Alice McGillion said yesterday.

                Sure. And Manhattan has no involvement with the Brooklyn Bridge.

                Any way you slice it, the Yankees and their luxury box VIPs will enjoy free, year-round valet service at what will essentially be the team's publicly financed private garage.

                At an average $40-per-game valet parking rate, team executives can expect to save some $80 million from that sweet deal over the nearly 40-year life of the bonds.

                Since Garage B is slated to be the only parking facility physically attached to the stadium, Yankees players will enjoy an added bonus.

                They will no longer have to face adoring young fans waiting in the parking lot after the game in hopes of landing an autograph from their favorite hero.

                Nothing but the best for the Bronx Bombers - and you pick up the tab.

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                • Maybe the yankees should hire this guy so we feel a little more at home...

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVJUT5hsMxg
                  www.demolitionofyankeestadium.com

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                  • Protest at King George III castle

                    Nice link in there to a fan protest held last week outside the steakhouse.

                    http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runnin...ium_3.php#more

                    Yankee Stadium Death Watch: Day 331
                    By Neil deMause in Baseball, Bricks and Mortar, Featured, Politics, Stadium
                    Monday, Aug. 17 2009 @ 1:34PM

                    ​As anyone who's been to a game at Fake Yankee Stadium lately can attest, the old home of the Bronx Bombers across the street remains relatively intact, nearly a year after its final game. The last of the seats were sliced out in early June (taking care to preserve them for sale to any collectors willing to cough up $750 apiece), and demolition scaffolding went up later that month. Since then, though, all has been mostly quiet: Despite reports that the centerfield "black" seats would be carted off to Reggie Jackson's estate by now, they were still intact as of Friday, as were the foul poles; even the bat-shaped weathervane atop the flagpole is still in operation.

                    The seemingly placid state of affairs has led to some angry protests by neighborhood residents impatient for the new ballfields that are slated to replace the House That Ruth Built once the wrecking ball has finally finished its work. The latest came yesterday, when the newly organized For The South Bronx Coalition marched around the stadium (note: Español required, or at least Google Translate) to call for speedier demolition, among other promises they say the Yanks have broken.

                    "Shea Stadium was demolished in a couple of months, while Yankee Stadium is going to take a year and a half because they're selling it off brick by brick by brick," says coalition leader Ramon Jimenez.

                    While one new temporary park, atop a Yankees parking garage, opened this spring, another that had opened in 2007 north of the Macombs Dam Bridge approach was razed recently to prepare for construction of yet another garage. And according to Jimenez, the artificial surface at the garage-top park has proven less than ideal: "The kids start to play football there, and the temperatures reach 150 degrees."

                    David Lombino, a spokesperson for the NYC Economic Development Corporation, which is overseeing the demolition of the old stadium, says everything is proceeding according to schedule, with the grandstand to be completely razed by next June, and the new parks opening sometime in 2011. Current work is focused on "soft demolition," he says, such as removal of sheetrock and drop ceilings, with major demolition work starting "within two months" — conveniently or not, just in time to avoid forcing fans to walk by a half-gutted ballpark on their way to postseason games. (As for the report that work was being delayed so that Robby Benson can shoot a movie about Lou Gehrig, Thurman Munson, and a magic storeroom, Lombino says the filming has had no effect on the schedule.)

                    Jimenez, however, insists that according to his source within the Yankees organization, the slow pace has another cause: "The main thing is they're figuring out how to sell every little part in it."


                    The other demands put forward by the For The South Bronx Coalition include that the Yankees release figures showing whether the team has employed local residents as promised in the Community Benefits Agreement it signed in 2006; and the replacement of the scandal-plagued chief of the Yanks' community benefits fund, which the coalition claims has distributed only about $600,000 of the promised $2.4 million in community aid, much of it in other parts of the Bronx.

                    "Where I live, my community's not inconvenienced by the new stadium," says Jimenez, a Throgs Neck resident who runs a law office on 149th Street in the South Bronx. "I went to the last grant ceremony, and the Throgs Neck Little Leagues would get $7,500; the few South Bronx Little Leagues they got $1,000 or $1,500. The discrepancy was amazing."

                    Meanwhile, the push is on from another group of Yankee fans and historic preservationists to preserve Gate 2, the section of the original stadium that survived the 1970s renovations the most intact. While they have Bronx borough historian Lloyd Ultan on their side ("If you go to Rome, you can get some idea of what the Forum was like from the ruins"), the Parks Department insists there are "no current plans" to preserve the gate, something EDC has estimated would cost $10 million. And Jimenez says he wouldn't want to delaying the parks still further just to retain a symbolic piece of the old stadium: "We don't think it has that great significance." At least, not compared to a ballfield that won't cause second-degree burns.

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                    • Originally posted by mandrake View Post
                      The Ruppert garage is the one with the soccer field on top. It has great access to the Deegan. A great place to park !
                      got that right. when I parked there I got from the upper deck to the garage and out to the Deegan in just a hair over 5 minutes. And its not ridiculously expensive to park there either (I think it was around $20)

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                      • Originally posted by IPO View Post
                        Nice link in there to a fan protest held last week outside the steakhouse.
                        damn dude you almost ruined the shea demo thread and now your reeking havoc over here? dont you have anything better to do? i kept my mouth shut in the shea demo thread because i was a newcomer, but now i've got some time under my belt and i've noticed that you might just be the most miserable baseball fan in the world...just let them play where they play jeez...sorry guys, someone had to say it:hissyfit::hissyfit: rant over
                        LETS GO METS, JETS, AND KNICKS!!!!
                        we're METS FANS, what ever happened to YA GOTTA BELIEVE!

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                        • Originally posted by Bpt'sbiggestmetsfan1116 View Post
                          damn dude you almost ruined the shea demo thread and now your reeking havoc over here? dont you have anything better to do? i kept my mouth shut in the shea demo thread because i was a newcomer, but now i've got some time under my belt and i've noticed that you might just be the most miserable baseball fan in the world...just let them play where they play jeez...sorry guys, someone had to say it:hissyfit::hissyfit: rant over
                          Easy, BBMF. Don't you know they are going to demolish Citi and New Yankee and rebuild Shea and put the Yanks back in Old Yankee? LOL!

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                          • Originally posted by Mygirljess View Post
                            Easy, BBMF. Don't you know they are going to demolish Citi and New Yankee and rebuild Shea and put the Yanks back in Old Yankee? LOL!
                            I will go to Re-Built Shea Stadium for the baseball game.
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                            • Originally posted by Mygirljess View Post
                              Easy, BBMF. Don't you know they are going to demolish Citi and New Yankee and rebuild Shea and put the Yanks back in Old Yankee? LOL!
                              I'm tellin' ya its like this guy likes beating dead horses...havent you ever heard of respecting the dead and letting them REST IN PEACE? sorry guys NOW my rant is over
                              LETS GO METS, JETS, AND KNICKS!!!!
                              we're METS FANS, what ever happened to YA GOTTA BELIEVE!

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                              • Heres a few unseen pictures.
                                www.demolitionofyankeestadium.com

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