Yankee Stadium (1923)

Yankee Stadium was a baseball stadium in the south of the Bronx , New York , NY , located on 161st Street. It was the home of the New York Yankees .

The first game took place on 18 April 1923 instead (Yankees vs Boston Red Sox 4-1), the last 21 September 2008 (Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles 7-3). After the games the Yankees were in the new Yankee Stadium held, which was built next to the old and whose appearance is strongly oriented to it. It was on 16 April 2009 inaugurated.

From March 2009 to May 2010 was the demolition of the venue and on the site of a field called Heritage Park was created.

Recently summarized the stadium 57,545 spectators.


On 6 February 1921 gave the Yankees out a press release to announce the purchase of a property in the Bronx. The country was compared with the previous Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds , they come with their city rivals since 1913 New York Giants shared. It was previously part of the estate of William Waldorf Astor , and was bought for 675,000 dollars.

Was a planned capacity of 70,000 spectators on three covered decks audience. The offices of the club’s management were of Midtown Manhattan moved to the stadium. The offices were located since then between the main deck and the lower deck and had a lift system connected to the main entrance.

The construction contract was on 5 Awarded in May 1922, the New York company White Constructions Co. at a fixed price of 2.5 million U.S. dollars, with the addition that the stadium should be ready for the season opening 1923. After 284 working days of construction, Yankee Stadium was ready for the opening game on 18 April 1923 against the Boston Red Sox .

The opening game was sold out with 74,200 fans, thousands more fans were denied admission. Babe Ruth sealed with a Three run home run in the fourth inning of the 4-1 victory over the Red Sox. Since it Ruth’s throwing power and clout were not the least of which had made possible the stadium, the stadium was known as “The House That Ruth Built”. At the end of the season was the first World Series game played in the stadium and the Yankees won their first championship against arch-rivals, the New York Giants.

In 1928, the stadium was expanded for the first time. Spectators in the upper deck behind the leftfield foul pole was removed. The upper bleachers in right field in 1937 and expanded so did Upper Deck homeruns (German: upper-homers) on both sides of the stadium possible. 1946 was the stadium floodlights and in 1959 the first electronic scoreboard. In the winter of 1966 the entire plant was modernized by the new owner CBS for 1.5 million U.S. dollars. Most of it was invested in color (90 tons). The brown concrete facade was painted white and the green of the grandstand seats were blue.

8 August 1972, after years of debate on the aging ballpark, the Yankees signed a lease for 30 years with the City of New York , which meant for the stadium, it should be fully modernized by 1976. After the 1973 season, the Yankees moved for two seasons from Shea Stadium , while the stadium was almost completely demolished and rebuilt. During the renovation of the playing field was lowered, so that the view of the lower courts was better. After the old roof of the stadium has been removed, the old façade has been rebuilt and added ten more rows of seats on the top deck viewer. The renovated stadium opened again on 17 April 1976 in the game against the Minnesota Twins , which the Yankees won with 11:4.

Yankee Stadium was also the venue for other sporting and cultural events. While the Yankees were playing away or paused the baseball season, there were at Yankee Stadium college and pro football, football, political events, concerts and even circus. On 24 July 1923 won Benny Leonard , a 15-round boxing match against Lou Tendler for the lightweight title. To Muhammad Ali ‘s fight against Ken Norton on 28 Won September 1976 30 boxing matches were held. One of them was on 22 June 1938 for the title in the heavyweight division, as Joe Louis by a first-round knockout against Max Schmeling won, after he had lost two years earlier in the same place against Schmeling.
View from 2002

The football team New York Giants played from 1956 to 1973 at Yankee Stadium. On 28 December 1958, the NFL Championship Game, 64.185 spectators watched as the Baltimore Colts the game against the Giants seven seconds before the end of the 17:17 by a field goal from Steve Myrha compensated. In the eighth minute of the first sudden-death extension , in the NFL was played, fought fullback the Colts’ Alan Ameche from the 1-yard line through to finish the game. The Giants lost “The Greatest Game Ever Played” with 23:17.

On 4 Oktober 1965 80.000 people came to the stadium to Pope Paul VI. seen. 14 years later Pope made ​​John Paul II also stop at Yankee Stadium on his journey through the United States. Even Benedict XVI. celebrated on 20 April 2008 thousands of people a mass at Yankee Stadium.

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