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Yankee Stadium: Heir To Greatness In The Bronx
From the “House That Ruth Built” to the “House That George Built”, Yankee Stadium is truly an iconic American institution. The original stadium, opened in 1923, became legendary as the home of The Bronx Bombers, Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio, The M&M Boys, and Billy and Reggie along with many other Heroes in Pinstripes for more than eighty years. The new Yankee Stadium, built across the street from the original, opened in April, 2009, and fittingly, just as the 1923 Yankees won their first World Series title in the original stadium’s inaugural season, so did the 2009 edition.
The new stadium’s seating capacity is 52,235 and cost an estimated 1.5 billion to construct. There are more than 1,000 video monitors inside the stadium, and the scoreboard in center field is the world’s 4th-largest. There are 25 permanent concession stands, along with more than 100 mobile concessionaries.
One of the more popular features is Monument Park, highlighted by five granite blocks commemorating the five Yankees (DiMaggio, Gehrig, Huggins, Mantle, Ruth) chosen to receive the highest honor bestowed upon
a Yankee. In addition to plaques honoring other notable Yankees, there is a special monument to commemorate the victims and rescue personnel of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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