The Boss vs. The Babe: A comparison

For those of you wondering what your visit to a new New York Yankees stadium would look like – assuming, that is, that the stadium is built out of cardboard and you’re Godzilla – I now have a page of photos of the Yanks’ new stadium model for public perusal.

Also, with the help of stadium architecture consultant and critic Philip Bess, I’ve put together a cross-section comparison of the existing and proposed stadiums. The Yankees didn’t provide a measurement scale with their architectural renderings, but by matching tread widths (the depth of each row of seats) and using other clues, I’ve come up with the following guesstimate (Yankee Stadium is in red, proposed new stadium in full color):

As you can see, the main changes from the existing stadium would be: Eliminating the middle loge deck entirely to make room for luxury suites, and replacing some of these seats with new rows at the back of the two-level lower deck; and shifting the entire upper deck about 30 feet further back from the field, while lopping off the top few rows. While the resulting stadium would be shorter than the current stadium, it would also have about 12% fewer seats, meaning the 50,000th ticket sold would still be at about the same height. And with the upper deck pushed back from the field, the worst seat in the new smaller-capacity building would be just as far from the action as the worst seat in the current 57,000-seat stadium.

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4 comments on “The Boss vs. The Babe: A comparison

  1. That is one ugly new stadium. And, you’d really feel a part of the game, up there on the 4th deck.

  2. In a Way it’s a good thing. Bringing down those Crazy steep upper deck to a more resonable angle will hopefully curb all those drunken Yankee fans who come tumbling down the upper deck. I hate when you get smacked in the back by a rolling drunk. I am surprised no one has ever rolled off the upper deck…or have they??

  3. Only the front row of the new upper deck is 30 feet further back… because of the more gradual angle and increased space between rows, the action gets relatively further away the higher one goes in the new stadium. The new angle also allows for someone standing seven rows in front to block your view of home plate, not to mention the guy sitting in his seat in front of you, making for an upper deck of people required to sit on the edge of their chairs with their necks cocked for the entire game. First preseason game will be my last ever.

  4. Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure. Oliver Herford (1863-1935)

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