The last section of the Yankee Stadium upper deck, the only remaining part of the seating bowl, was demolished on Thursday.
All that remains now is the exterior wall (and some scraps of interior concourse), including Gate 2, which some preservationists are trying to save as the most intact fragment of the original 1923-era stadium. The
Save the Yankee Gate 2 Committee Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium this week asked the city Landmarks Preservation Commission for an emergency injunction against the destruction of the gate, citing a mayor’s office official who last month testified that the gate was an original 1923 structure. No word yet on any response from the commission. (The group says it’s also offered to pay for removal and preservation of the 1920s terra cotta medallions and balconies that are part of Gate 2; no word on the fate of that proposal, either.)
Gate 2 organizer Michael Hagan, meanwhile, passed along the city’s latest plans for memorializing Yankee Stadium, which include outlining the field dimensions in dark green grass (the original home plate site would be second base in a new public ballfield), keeping the smokestack “bat” and two pieces of the concrete frieze that ran atop the scoreboard in the renovated stadium, and installing “historical moments” embedded in the sidewalk and viewfinders in the park showing “photographic slides.”
It all sounds a lot like this.