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Last night we said goodbye to an old friend, Yankee Stadium. This is a place that has been the home of the New York Yankees baseball team since 1923. Located at East 161st Street and River Avenue in The Bronx, it hosted 6,581 Yankees home games from 1923 to 2008 and has a capacity of 57,545. It was also the former home of the New York Giants football team, and was host to twenty of boxing's most famous fights and the site of three Papal visits.

Two interior views in WS
Yankee Stadium is one of the most famous sports venues in America, having hosted a variety of events and many historic moments during its existence. Its primary occupants, the Yankees, have won far more World Series championships (26) than any other major league club. The stadium's nickname, "The House That Ruth Built", comes from the iconic Babe Ruth, the baseball superstar whose prime years coincided with the beginning of the Yankees' winning history.
In 2006, the Yankees began construction on a new $1.6 billion stadium in public parkland adjacent to the original Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are expecting to open their new home in 2009. Once the new stadium opens, most of the old stadium, including the above-ground structure, is to be demolished to become parkland.
So with one final Yankee win we say goodbye to a place that I have watched on television for all my life and have had the privilege to visit in person. Gone will be the grounds that were roamed by the greats like Ruth, Maris, Mantle, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Berra, Williams, Ford, etc. to make way for an ultra modern stadium with grand luxury boxes and palatial clubhouses. A bit of history died last night to make way for the future. So goodbye my old friend, you will never be forgotten.

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Additional Photos by Asa Jernigan (asajernigan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3592 W: 88 N: 5553] (21427)
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