When millions of New Yorkers are singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”, they’re singing about Yankee Stadium. From its opening in 1923 to 2008, “The Big Ballpark in the Bronx” was home to the New York Yankees. In 2009 a new stadium opened, just across the street from the old one, giving a new home to the team.
The new Yankee Stadium used many elements from the original, paying homage to Yankee history. In fact, from the outside it’s designed to even look very similar. Most of the exterior is made from 11,000 pieces of Indiana limestone, with some granite and concrete. Meanwhile, the inside of the new stadium is a tribute to Yankees history, with hundreds of photographs and design touches, along with a special exhibition chronicling the team.
Well-known for its amenities, Yankee Stadium offers wider concourses and 25 concession stands, not to mention 112 moveable stands and a Hard Rock Café. It makes for the perfect afternoon, enjoying some ballpark food and a game.
The new stadium was first used in an exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs, where the Yankees won 7-4, and since then the Yankees’ new home has seen a lot of exciting moments. From Derek Jeter setting a new hits-leader record to Alex Rodriguez’s 600th home run, the new Yankees Stadium has already seen a lot of action, and is sure to see a lot more in the days to come.
Fast fact: over 1.5 million Nathan’s Famous hot dogs are sold to baseball fans at Yankee Stadium every year.