Yankee Stadium

On February 6, 1921, the New York Yankees announced the purchase of ten acres of property in the west Bronx. The future home of Yankee Stadium was purchased from the estate of William Waldorf Astor for $675,000. On April 18, 1923, "The House That Ruth Built" opened for business.

Yankee Stadium was a gigantic horseshoe shaped triple-decked ballpark that was the first to be called a stadium. Countless articles have been written by countless historians bringing forth every aspect of the stadium's history. Harvey Frommer even once described its seat parts in great detail, "There were 10,712 upper-grandstand seats and 14,543 lower grandstand seats were fixed in place by 135,000 individual steel castings on which 400,000 pieces of maple lumber were fastened by more than a million screws."

"I'd give a year of my life if I can hit a home run in the first game in this new park (Yankee Stadium)." - Babe Ruth (who went deep in the third inning of the Opening Day game on April 18, 1923)
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Major League Occupant(s)

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First Game

04-18-1923

Last Game

First Game

Last Game

09-21-2008

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Yankee Stadium Seating Chart

Ballpark Capacity & Seating Chart

Data

Capacity Changes
( Yearly Attendance )

1923

58,000

1926

62,000

1927

82,000

1928

67,113

1929

62,000

1937

71,699

1942

70,000

1948

67,000

1958

67,205

1961

67,337

1965

67,000

1971

65,010

1976

54,028

1977

57,145

1980

57,545

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Ballpark Diagram & Dimensions

Data

Backstop

1923

82'

1953

80'

1976

84'

Left Field

1923

280.58'

1928

301'

1976

312'

1988

318'

Left Field (Short)

1923

395'

1928

402'

1976

387'

1985

379'

Left Field (Deep)

1923

500'

1924

490'

1937

457'

1976

430'

1985

411'

1988

399'

Center Field

1923

487'

1937

461'

1967

463'

1976

417'

1985

410'

1988

408'

Right Field (Deep)

1923

429'

1937

407'

1976

385'

Right Field (Short)

1923

350'

1937

367'

1976

353'

Right Field

1923

294.75'

1930

295'

1939

296'

1976

310'

1988

314'

Right Field

"Centerfield," "Centerfield,"

Everyone wants to play centerfield
in Yankee Stadium

Just like Joe D and The Mick

As for me, I'll play right field
in the old Stadium,
protecting the short porch gallantly
the way Ruth, Henrich and Maris did

At bat, those seats would be my "home,"
my upper deck wallops landing in the
shadow of the ancient facade
or
blooping a liner just over the "296 ft" sign

Huggins, McCarthy, Casey and Houk
would welcome me back to the dugout

Poem © by Steve Sears (March 11, 1996).

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Yankee Stadium on Babe Ruth Day

Miscellaneous Items of Interest

Data

Monuments:

468' Home Plate to Wall In Back

Owned By:

1923

New York Yankees

1971

City of New York

Field Surfaces

1923

Merion Bluegrass

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The architect who designed "The Yankee Stadium" (which was its original name) was Osborn Engineering (1923) and Praeger-Kavanaugh-Waterbury (1976). The construction was done by White Construction Company in 1923at the cost of $2.5 million and the renovation in 1976 cost $160 million.

In the first Yankee Stadium (pre-1976) there were actually three centerfield monuments in fair territory; Lou Gehrig on the left, Miller Huggins in the middle and Babe Ruth on the right. Since the 1976 renovation the New York Yankees have added many plaques and the comprehensive chart below includes all plaques and dedications:

Monument Park

Name

Monument Dedication

Miller Huggins

05-30-1932

Jacob Ruppert

04-19-1940

Lou Gehrig

07-06-1941

Babe Ruth

04-19-1949

Ed Barrow

04-15-1954

Pope Paul VI

10-04-1965

Joe DiMaggio

06-18-1969

Mickey Mantle

06-18-1969

Joe McCarthy

04-29-1976

Casey Stengel

04-30-1976

Pope John Paul II

10-02-1979

Thurman Munson

09-20-1980

Elston Howard

07-21-1984

Roger Maris

07-21-1984

Phil Rizzuto

08-04-1985

Billy Martin

08-10-1986

Lefty Gomez

08-01-1987

Whitey Ford

08-01-1987

Bill Dickey

08-21-1988

Yogi Berra

08-21-1988

Allie Reynolds

08-27-1989

Don Mattingly

08-31-1997

Mel Allen

07-25-1998

Bob Sheppard

05-07-2000

Reggie Jackson

07-06-2002

9/11 Victims

09-11-2002

Ron Guidry

08-23-2003

Red Ruffing

07-10-2004

Did you know that underneath second base in Yankee Stadium there was (removed in 1976) once a brick vault fifteen feet wide that contained electrical, telephone and miscellaneous equipment for boxing events?

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