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It's back to the future for Yanks

Bombers' new digs will look like scene from Ruth's heyday



By T.J. QUINN
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

From the outside, it'll be 1923 again. Limestone walls rising like a fortress, standing sentinel in refurbished parkland. It's the view Babe Ruth had when he went to work in the house they built for him.

On the inside, a mix of modernity and antiquity has officials from City Hall, Albany and the Bronx gushing: the old frieze hanging from the roof like copper lace, bullpens back in the outfield where they used to be, but with open concourses (with six times the space for concession sales) and sight lines to the field from almost anywhere in the park.

This is the new Yankee Stadium, almost ready for prime time, all but signed, sealed and to be delivered by Opening Day 2009. Lawyers for the city, state and the team are completing a "memorandum of understanding," sources told the Daily News, and an announcement is expected around May 1. As of now, the new stadium is designed to seat 50,800, less than the current capacity of 57,478, but with 50 to 60 luxury suites. It will be located just north of the existing stadium, between 161st and 164th Sts. and between Jerome and River Aves.

The stadium itself, funded entirely by the team, will run about $800 million, while the total project will cost about $1.1 billion with the city and the state providing the extra $300 million for a new Metro-North station, parkland along the now decrepit waterfront and better parking facilities around the stadium. Yankee President Randy Levine and city and state officials would not comment directly about the plans or the pending agreement, but confirmed they are in the final stages. "We're working very closely with the city and the state and trying to finalize our current plan," Levine said. "We expect to announce it in the near future, and we hope to break ground in 2006 and be ready to play in 2009."

Officials familiar with the plans gave The News an exclusive preview of the designs for the new park, which includes all the amenities of a state of the art shopping mall: The stadium will be comprised of two separate structures: one, the exterior wall, constructed to replicate the original Yankee Stadium, built in 1923, and the other the interior stadium itself, rising over the top of the exterior. From the outside the structures will look like one building, almost identical in materials and design to the original stadium. There will be a "great hall" between the exterior wall and the interior structure, featuring five to six times more retail square footage than the current stadium.

The signature frieze, the lattice work that once rimmed the original stadium roof and was recreated in the outfield of the current stadium, will be added to the new stadium's roof. The frieze (commonly but incorrectly known as "the facade") was painted white during the 1960s, as it now appears above the outfield. But the new stadium will return to the original copper. The city will provide $50 million worth of infrastructure for the new stadium. But the city and state, depending on the agreement, will build and control all 11,000 parking spaces in the area, a cash cow for taxpayers that one consultant told the Yankees was "too generous," a source said.

Perhaps best of all for the parties involved, there is no significant opposition to the project. "We expect this project to be one that is supported by all," Levine said.

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Are they scrapping the retractable roof? or was that the Mets plan I am thinking of.

Now pay attention people. THIS is a throwback park. Not Camden Yards. When one looks at pics of old baseball parks they resemble Tiger Stadium, Ebbets Field or the new PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Beautiful, unique facades. Most without brick. Even those with brick had very elaborate designs.
 

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This will be great, the old stadium design with the amenities of a new age park. But, i will be sad to see the old stadium go, its been a great place to watch the best team in baseball.
 

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So they won't win one until 09?
 

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rantanamo said:
Are they scrapping the retractable roof? or was that the Mets plan I am thinking of.

Now pay attention people. THIS is a throwback park. Not Camden Yards. When one looks at pics of old baseball parks they resemble Tiger Stadium, Ebbets Field or the new PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Beautiful, unique facades. Most without brick. Even those with brick had very elaborate designs.
The retractable roofs were part of the plan for both Yankees and Mets in Guiliani's parting shoot as mayor. He released two models at this time.

Right on about retroparks. However, I think they may be running their course. New ball parks, like the one in Philly, don't try to replicate the old parks anymore.

Of all the retroparks, the one that really got it right was SBC (Pac Bell).
 

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this story has been mysteriously quiet in the NY and national media (we're talking about Yankee Stadium here!). Does anyone know why?
 

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I think the disdain causes many of us to simply not pay attention to them. I didn't realize they were so low in the standing until Sportscenter decided to spend a whole day on the subject.
 

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Yeah here's what rantanamo's referring to:

"Yankee Stadium II" Proposal:



"New Mets Stadium" Proposal:


(Supposed to resemble Ebbett's Field exterior.)

Each would've cost $800M each, both had retractible roofs.
 

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It will be a shame to see, how such an historic stadium for America will bee out of use or even demolish.
 

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vivayo said:
It will be a shame to see, how such an historic stadium for America will bee out of use or even demolish.
Yankee Stadium's renovation in the 1970's was so massive and so complete that it virtually was a new stadium (save for the steel beams and the exterior). The current Yankee Stadium is not the glorified house that Ruth built and a lot the alure is the for the baseball played at the site for almost a century, not the current structure.
 

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^ I agree, they destroyed the facade in the 70s, since then it's been an overrated shadow of a classic. Hopefully this new park'll bring back some of the charm of the old Yankee.
 

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I'll like to know how good are the amenities in the current Yankee stadium, like how are the restaurants, or team store, club level, skyboxes, jumbotron, etc? in comparison with modern ballparks (Seattle or Arizona for example).
 

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Building a new stadium in old style seems very 80s to me. With this budget they could make something breathtakingly unique and futuristic. But that´s just my opinion....
 

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^ True since Oriole Park at Camden Yards went up in Baltimore in 1992, most everyone's jumped on the "retro ballpark" idea. I figured a storied franchise like the Yankees would need an old-fashioned looking home.

Luckily, I heard that the ballpark they'll build for the Nationals in D.C. will NOT be retro! Yaaaaay! :)
 

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futuristic would intail that we know what style things will be in the future, and usually ends up looking silly in 5 years. I still maintain that there are not many retro ballparks. Brick is not retro. Its brick. PNC's limestone is retro. Oriole Park's seemless connection with surrounding buildings is retro. I would call St. Louis' new park retro. But I wouldn't call Safeco or Ameriquest retro. They just have brick exteriors. This new Yankee Stadium is retro.
 

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Hopefully when they come up with a final design, they get it right. It would be a real shame to see the Yankees move into park that didn't have some feel of the old stadium. No matter how big the renovations in th 70's were, it's still YANKEE STADIUM! The House that Ruth Built!
 
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