Much has been said and written recently about last night's last game at Yankee Stadium and the opening of the new stadium in 2009. There is certainly much tradition associated with the New York Yankees and the Stadium which opened in 1923. The original stadium was completed renovated in the mid 1970s. I am glad that the new Stadium will not have a corporate sponsor. However, the new stadium will cost $1.3 Billion much of which will be the burden of tax payers. Is this welfare for the rich? How much will we have to pay for a seat in the upper deck? Will the salaries of ball players go even higher?
There are many poor people living within block of the stadium. They obviously can not afford to go to a game. 25 acres of parks were taken away for the new stadium. Some people feel that the stadium (1976-2008 version) should be preserved as a landmark. The real landmark was the original 1923-73 building. The old stadium must be demolished to provide park space to the residents of the South Bronx. I read that there will be several baseball fields at that site.