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The Stadium, which originally opened on April 18, 1923, is the home stadium of the team, who play in the MLB. Until that time, since 1913, they played at the Polo Grounds, then owned by the New York Giants of the National league. When asked to vacate the Grounds in 1921 at the earliest, the then owners of the Yankees – Colonels Jacob Ruppert and Tillinghast l’Hommedieu Huston – decided to build their own ballpark, by buying 10 acres of land in West Bronx from the estate of William Waldorf Astor, for which they paid $675,000.

The History

This structure, the first to be called a ‘stadium’ was baseball’s first triple-decked structure, with an announced capacity of 70,000. Though the owners wished to make the stadium impenetrable to all outside eyes, it was not to be, as the initial design was scaled down. The game inside could be seen from the passing trains outside, and from the high rise buildings that came up across the River Avenue.

The most striking feature of the Yankees Stadium was the 15-foot deep copper façade across the front of the roof. The plans allowed for the executive offices to be moved from midtown Manhattan to be located between the main and the mezzanine decks. The Stadium also had the then unheard of patron-friendly feature of eight toilet rooms each for men and women scattered throughout the stands and bleachers.

In only 284 working days, at an agreed upon price of $2.5 million, New York’s White Construction Company completed the job by the 1923 opening day for the inaugural game on April 18, against the Boston Red Sox, which the Yankees won 4-1 in front of the reported crowd of 74,200 spectators. In this very game, the legendary Babe Ruth hit the new Stadium’s first home run. Due to Babe Ruth’s tremendous drawing power, the Stadium was also known as “The House That Ruth Built.”

In 1959, the Yankee Stadium received the first electronic message board. In the 1966-67 winter, the Stadium spend most of the $1.5 million modernization funds on painting the brown concrete exterior to white, including the copper façade, which by now was turning greenish.

For the two seasons in 1974 and 1975, the team relocated to the Shea Stadium, as the Yankee Stadium underwent massive renovations. The renovations included removing the steel columns supporting the second and third decks, and improved the sightlines by ‘cantilevering’ the two decks.

A new Yankee Stadium is being constructed adjacent to the current one, and is expected to be ready for the 2009 season.

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