The Stadium

The Stadium

Although arenas have been around since ancient Greece and Rome, soccer stadiums were were not yet a thing when the sport became popular in the 1880s. Learn about how the sport eventually evolved its multi-billion dollar arenas, in this brief history of soccer stadiums.


Stadium History

The Jaguars' home stadium has undergone significant changes and upgrades in its 22-year history. But as many new buildings and designs have come on line around the NFL, Jacksonville is still able to boast one of the most fan-friendly and technologically-advanced stadiums in the league.

On August 18, 1995, when the Jacksonville Jaguars played their first home preseason game in their new stadium, it marked the first time in sports history that an expansion team played its first home game in its inaugural season in a new stadium or arena. In the short period of 19 and a half months, the old Gator Bowl was demolished and a new stadium arose on the shores of the St. Johns River. Just before the Jaguars kicked off their first regular season game on September 3, 1995, NBC broadcaster Don Criqui said, "There isn't a better football facility in America."

In its 10th year of operation, the stadium was the host site of Super Bowl XXXIX, the world's largest one-day sporting event. Known at that time as Alltel Stadium, the building underwent a $63 million renovation in preparation for Super Bowl XXXIX. Among the additions were the Terrace Suite, a 25,000-square-foot sports bar called the Bud Light Party Zone, a 20,000-square-foot Sky Patio, 20 new escalators and four new elevators.

Originally named Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, the home of the Jaguars got a new name on the eve of the 2010 training camp, when EverBank Financial Corp. and the Jaguars introduced EverBank Field on July 27, 2010. One of the nation's largest privately-held bank holding companies, EverBank employs more than 2,200 workers and is headquartered in Jacksonville. The partnership included a five-year naming rights agreement, which was extended by another 10 years in 2014.

EverBank Field became the proud home of the world's largest in-stadium video boards in 2014. At 362 feet wide and 60 feet high, the two massive end zone displays are wider than the length of a football field and have set the standard for in-venue visual experience. Additional video boards and ribbon panels help enhance fans' in –stadium experience on game day.

In addition to the video boards, 2014 brought innovative changes to the north end zone. Christened FanDuelVille in 2015, the two-story, north end zone fan plaza is the ultimate home of fantasy football. The biggest party scene in professional sports also is home to the the Axalta Spas, an asset about which no other NFL stadium can boast. In the Florida sunshine, there's no better place for fans to cool off and cheer on the Jags.

The reimagining of EverBank Field continued in 2016 with a $90 million shared investment by the City of Jacksonville and the Jaguars. Phase 1 brought a complete overhaul of the Clubs, bringing new 50-yard-line patios to the NFL for the first time and a brand new south end zone tunnel to the start of the season. Phase 2 introduced a new 5,500 seat amphitheater and the Dream Finders Homes Flex Field to the downtown sports complex. Known as Daily's Place, the new venues are part the ambitious vision for the future of downtown Jacksonville as a world-class sports and entertainment destination.

On June 4, 2018, EverBank became TIAA Bank and the stadium was renamed to TIAA Bank Field.


Chicago Stadium

Opened on March 28, 1929, the Chicago Stadium served host to numerous sporting events, concerts and political conventions. Built at a cost of $7 million, the Madhouse on Madison served as the home of the Chicago Bulls (1967-1994) and the Chicago Blackhawks (1929-1994) through the end of their respective seasons in 1994.

Over the years, the Stadium played host to the NBA, the NHL, the NASL and MISL, and even the NFL.

On Dec. 15, 1930, the Chicago Bears and the St. Louis Cardinals playe the NFL's first indoor football game on an 80-yard field. The game, played as an exhibition contest that the Bears won 9-7, served as a charity game to aid those affected by the Great Depression.

Just over two years later, on Dec. 18, 1932, the Bears returned to play the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans in the 1932 NFL Championship Game. In front of 11,198 fans, Bronko Nagurski found Red Grange on a two-yard touchdown pass to help lead the Bears to a 9-0 win and claim the NFL Championship.

For 65 years, the Chicago Blackhawks called historic Chicago Stadium home. After playing their inaugural season at International Amphitheatre in 1966-67, the Chicago Bulls moved to the west side in the fall of 1967. Between the two teams, the Stadium hosted 10 Stanley Cup Finals and three NBA Finals. The Stadium, which was located at 1800 W. Madison Street, was demolished in February of 1995.


Angel Stadium History

Renovations to Anaheim Stadium began Oct. 1, 1996, reverting the 30-year old structure back to a baseball-only facility. On Sept. 15, 1997, the renovated stadium&aposs new name was announced: Edison International Field of Anaheim. On Dec. 29, 2003, the Angels announced the stadium would be renamed Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Total cost for the stadium renovation was estimated at $100 million and the project was completed in time for the Anaheim Angels Opening Day, April 1, 1998.

Anaheim Stadium had been the home of the Angels since their move from Los Angeles following the 1965 season. The stadium opened April 9, 1966, as the California Angels hosted the San Francisco Giants in an exhibition game. The franchise&aposs first American League game was April 19, 1966 vs. the Chicago White Sox. The Los Angeles Angels played at Wrigley Field in 1961 and Chavez Ravine from 1962-65.

The original Anaheim Stadium seated 43,204 (later 43,250). The stadium underwent construction in 1979-80 for additional seating to accommodate the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL. Upon completion in 1981, the stadium seated 65,158 (later 64,593) for baseball. The Rams left Anaheim for St. Louis, MO in 1995. The new Angel Stadium of Anaheim has a seating capacity of approximately 45,050 for the Los Angeles Angels. (Image: Anaheim Stadium 1989)


Exploring the History of the Hoquiam Olympic Stadium

T he Hoquiam Olympic Stadium is a Grays Harbor treasure, rich in history, and a shining icon of community pride. Located near the Hoquiam and Aberdeen border along Cherry St, the stadium is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is nationally recognized for its historical importance. Through the years, the stadium has played an integral part in celebrating the community, hosting festivals, including The Push Rods car show and the Hoquiam Blue Grass Festival, as well as music concerts and sporting events. Even a rally for a presidential candidate. Let’s take a closer look at the history of the stadium and see how it’s iconic past continues to inspire the present.

A visit to the Hoquiam Olympic Stadium will reveal it’s historic charm nostalgic draw. Photo credit: City of Hoquiam

Funded through President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal WPA (Works Progress Administration), the stadium officially opened to the public on November 24, 1938. This was the date of the big game between Hoquiam and Aberdeen, the longest running rivalry in high school football in the state. In fact, during the construction of the stadium crews recognized that they would not be able to complete the project before the game, so they hired a night crew, working around the clock to meet their deadline. There was even a naming contest open to the public for the stadium, with the winner receiving a free three-year pass to all stadium events. Constructed from local old growth fir, much of which was donated by the Polson Logging Company, the stadium grandstand forms an L shape and is enclosed on the Western side, protecting spectators from encroaching storms from the Pacific Ocean. Stadium architects designed the facility to house both baseball and football fields, a unique feature of the era’s grandstands. With a current capacity of approximately 7,500 and an original capacity of over 10,000, the stadium was able to house nearly the entire population of Hoquiam when it was built.

The WPA constructed 48 grandstands, stadiums, and bleachers during project years, however none where as large as the Hoquiam Olympic Stadium. A testament to local community stewardship and foresight, the stadium is the largest and best-preserved all-wooden structure of its type in the country and perhaps the world. This type of prideful ownership has guided the stadium through the years, as it has become an important symbol of the community.

Through the years, the Hoquiam Olympic Stadium has hosted a vast range of events. Beginning in the 1940s and continuing through the 1990s, the stadium has been home to numerous professional baseball teams and leagues. The eight team Industrial League kicked things off in the 1940s and the Harborites playing through the 1950s and ’60s. The Grays Harbor Ports, Loggers, and Mets played during the 1970s as part of the Northwest League. In 1978 actor and comedian Bill Murray fulfilled his dream of playing professional baseball when he joined the Loggers for a game. In 1995 the stadium welcomed the Grays Harbor Gulls, who played in the Western Baseball League.

The stadium has hosted many events through the years including the Pushrods of Hoquiam. Photo credit: John Lloyd

Enjoying the Stadium Today

With such a rich history, it’s no wonder this stadium is an attraction for locals and visitors alike. From the beginning, the stadium has supported the local youth sports community, hosting Hoquiam and Aberdeen High School football and baseball, along with youth baseball, and youth football. The stadium is also currently the home of the Grays Harbor College Chokers baseball team. Be sure to check out each team’s schedule so that you can attend a game in this historic structure.

The stadium also hosts the Hoquiam Logger’s Playday annually in September, where those in attendance can celebrate the region’s logging history, partake in various events to support the community, and enjoy the logging show and competitions.

Planning a Visit

While visiting the Hoquiam Olympic Stadium you might enjoy a visit to the Polson Museum and Aberdeen Museum of History, which each offer extensive collections about the area’s history. Since you’ll be in town for a little while, here are a few excellent places to grab a bite. For fine dining, consider a visit to Rediviva Restaurant in Aberdeen, Ocean Crest in Moclips, the Salmon House in Quinault, and The North Cove Bar and Grill and Tokeland Hotel and Restaurant in Tokeland. If you’re looking for a casual dining experience, check out the 8th St. Alehouse and the Grizzly Den in Hoquiam, Breakwater Seafoods and Chowder and Billy’s Bar and Grill in Aberdeen, and Savory Faire and the Fishin Hole Family Restaurant in Montesano. For locally-crafted drinks, stop by Steam Donkey Brewing in Aberdeen and Hoquiam Brewing Company in Hoquiam.

The Hoquiam Olympic Stadium annually hosts the Logger’s Playday. Photo credit: City of Hoquiam

Nearby accommodations can be found at the Best Western Plus Aberdeen, A Harbor View Inn bed and breakfast in Aberdeen, and the Econo Lodge Inn and Suites in Hoquiam. For those destined for the beaches, consider a stay at one of the many hotels and resorts in Ocean Shores and Westport.

Plan a trip to the Hoquiam Olympic Stadium to enjoy its historical charm and soak in the rich nostalgia of this Grays Harbor gem.


Beaver Stadium: A Visual History Through The Years

Iconic Beaver Stadium is home to our beloved Penn State football team, 107,000 of our closest friends, and the best student section in the country. Though it stands as one of the pinnacle stadiums in all of college football, it didn’t get that way overnight. From its grass roots beginnings, which featured the team playing on Old Main lawn, to the second largest football stadium in the nation, Beaver Stadium has undergone quite the transformation. We’re here to take you through on a visual journey, and help you experience the transformation from past to present.

Penn State football playing on Old Beaver Field (Image: Penn State archives)

After moving from Old Main lawn in 1893, the Penn State football team found itself a perfect location for a stadium: directly between present-day Osmond and Frear Laboratories. It was this venue in which James A. Beaver’s name grew its famous legend. Beaver Field, as it was called, seated 500 spectators, and was christened with a 32-0 victory over what we now unfortunately know as Pitt.

Located northeast of Rec Hall, New Beaver Field seated 30,000 (Image: Kevin McGuire)

In 1909, the team needed a greater seating capacity and larger grand stands, so it decided to uproot itself from its previous location, and move to a section of campus northeast of Rec Hall. The new site, known as New Beaver Field, seated 30,000 fans, was built solely out of wood, and was reinforced with steel 27 years later. While it primarily housed the football team, it also contained a track, baseball field, and lacrosse and soccer field. New Beaver Field was broken in with a 31-0 win over Grove City.

Beaver Stadium from 1960, in its permanent location (Image: nittanyanthology.com)

Following the 1959 season, the team’s staggering popularity and growing crowds forced the Nittany Lions to move to an even larger venue — one we now know as Beaver Stadium. New Beaver Field was deconstructed, and split apart into 700 sections, moving across campus to its current location. With the addition of 16,000 more seats, Penn State football now had a permanent home.

In 1991, an upper deck was dded to the North end zone increasing capacity to 93,967 (Image: nittanyanthology.com)

In the years leading up to 1991, Beaver Stadium underwent a number of renovations, which significantly expanded the venue’s seating capacity to fit a larger contingent of Penn State faithfuls. From 1969 through 1980, the stadium expanded to 83,770, followed by the addition of lights in 1984. in 1985, the ramps added to each corner of the stadium slightly reduced the seating capacity by 400. However, in 1991, the stadium added an enormous upper deck to the north end zone, bringing an additional 10,033 seats. Along the way, Penn State football won two national championships, completed four undefeated seasons, and won 16 bowl games.

Present day Beaver Stadium (Image: Will Amesbury)

Prior to the 2001 season, Beaver Stadium saw its next substantial renovation. The addition of an 11,500-seat upper deck in the south end zone, along with a three-story structure containing 60 enclosed skyboxes above the East stands, increased the stadium’s overall capacity to 106,562. Beaver Stadium’s current dimensions are 110 rows on the east side, 100 rows on the west side, 60 in each of the lower end zones, 35 in the north upper deck, and 25 in the south upper deck.

Beaver Stadium is a magnificent beauty, a temple of sorts to the game we all know and love. Through the years, the stadium has seen its fair share of renovation, standing still as history moved forward. It’s housed generations of Penn State fans, and will house generations more down the road. Beaver Stadium, in all its simplicity and elegance, truly is a wonder.


Wooden Baseball Parks

As baseball became a popular and profitable source of entertainment, owners were forced to look at long-term facility solutions.

Several wooden baseball parks were destroyed by fire American League Park (Washington Senators 1901�), National League Park (Philadelphia Phillies 1887�) and the Polo Grounds III (New York Giants 1890�). Two of them were rebuilt with fire-resistant materials (Baker Bowl Phillies) and (Polo Grounds IV Giants).

Other 𠇌lassic” wooden parks of the 1800s and 1900s included Bennett Park (Detroit Tigers 1896�), Columbia Park (Philadelphia Athletics 1901�), Eastern Park (Brooklyn Grooms 1891�), Oriole Park, I-IV (Baltimore Orioles 1882�), Palace of the Fans (Cincinnati Reds 1902�) and West Side Park, I–II (Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Cubs 1885�).


The History of Jordan-Hare Stadium — Part One

I originally wrote this article as a “primary sources research paper” for Anthony Carey’s History Research Methods course in 1996, while working on a History PhD at Auburn. (I believe Dr. Carey was at least as amused by my love for the subject matter as he was impressed with my academic skills on display, such as they are.) Years later, I posted it to my Web site for all to see, and over the years it has been linked to by Wikipedia and (supposedly) copied and used by the Auburn University tour guides. I have occasionally added to it, as new developments occurred. Now I present it here.

My first visit to Jordan-Hare came as a kid during the late 1970s, and I’ve enjoyed a love affair with the grand old edifice from the very start. I hope that love shows through in the article to follow. I’m not able to get back to the Loveliest Village nearly as often as I’d like to, these days (my last visit was for the Iron Bowl in 2007), but I was in attendance for some important milestones in recent history, including the opening of the East Deck in 1987 (against Texas), the “First Time Ever” game in 1989 and the dedication of “Pat Dye Field” in 2005. I can’t wait to visit again—though it’s hardly “visiting” when you consider a place your true home.

Here’s the story of that home.

INTRODUCTION

If football is truly a religion in the American South, then Jordan-Hare Stadium is a grand cathedral.

To this special place, the faithful roll in for games like pilgrims headed to Mecca. More than a simple sports arena, the structure holds a special place in the hearts of Auburn people, as the scene of some of the happiest memories of their lives. It indeed borders on a level of spirituality, the attachment of these people to this stadium.

Located in the heart of the campus, this grand edifice has grown along with the University around it, and today ranks among the top facilities of its kind in the nation. With nearly 90,000 in attendance on football Saturdays, the stadium ranked for many years as the fifth largest city in Alabama. (In the 2010 census, the entire city of Tuscaloosa’s population was found to have crept just a hair above that of Jordan-Hare’s capacity, moving the stadium to sixth-largest.)

Though the feelings elicited by the structure are clear, the reasons for its existence are somewhat more complex. How has a world-class sports arena, capable of holding so vast a population—larger than most NFL stadiums—sprouted up over the past sixty years on the plains of east Alabama? Fragments of the answer can be found in a number of places, including Atlanta, Montgomery, Columbus and Birmingham. Ultimately, however, the answer lies in the vision of a handful of men who, over the years, believed in the potential of Auburn’s football program, and who worked to bring the dream to fruition.

In two years—2014—Jordan-Hare Stadium will turn seventy-five years old. That fact alone makes it more than worthwhile to take a brief look back at the fascinating history of the construction and growth of this grand edifice.

I. BUILDING A DREAM: “LET’S PUT AUBURN ON THE MAP!”

Before 1939: Drill Field and Drake Field

Before the Tigers came to claim Jordan-Hare as their home, the teams played on two other on-campus fields. Both now lie under concrete, asphalt, and floral arrangements. In the shadows of the chemistry lab building between Samford Hall and Foy Union, which was at last check a park and a parking lot, Auburn hosted football games on what was called the “Drill Field” from 1892 until the 1920s. Abandoning this location, the Tigers moved to Drake Field—an area later to be paved over as part of the Haley Center parking lot, next to the original site of the Eagle’s Cage and also near the women’s dorms.

Athletic Director Emeritus Jeff Beard, a student at the time, helped assemble the temporary bleachers at Drake Field. “Each year bleachers were erected ten rows high on each side of the field.” He recalled, “They held approximately 700 people, the seating capacity for our home games. We had one home game a year.”

By the late 1930s, crowds were too large to be adequately accommodated in the temporary bleachers at this location, and Auburn found itself forced to play most of its games on the road, usually in Birmingham’s Legion Field, Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl, Mobile’s Ladd Stadium, and Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Georgia. From this unhappy situation, with the team forced to play its “home games” far from home, came the seeds of the mighty edifice which now graces the Auburn campus.

As the decade of the 1930s drew to a close, Auburn’s leaders understood they simply had to build a home stadium for their wandering team—a stadium with the capacity to attract at least some other schools and teams to come to the Plains. “There was a terrible need for a stadium…if we were going to compete with the rest of the schools in the Southern Conference,” said Jeff Beard. “Coach Meagher realized something had to be done. He continued to improve the team and the schedule.” Winning helped more than anything else: The team’s success “began to give Auburn people the feeling that Auburn should have a home stadium to play in and that Auburn’s facilities needed to be improved.”

As early as 1934, the university’s Physical Plant had considered building a “concrete stadium to put Auburn on the map,” though with the lingering effects of the Depression, nothing had come of it. The money simply wasn’t there. By 1937, the decision had been made to build, should the funds become available. Finally, they were. Moving to a third site, preparations were begun for the construction of a permanent facility: “Auburn Stadium.” A young Jeff Beard, helping to survey the area, drove in the first stake to mark off the future stadium. Auburn has played on this site ever since.

By 1938, the economic situation had improved to the point that Auburn President Dr. L.N. Duncan could report the approval by PWA Secretary Ickes of “the most ambitious building program ever undertaken by the Alabama Polytechnic Institute.” While much of this new construction would include non-athletic facilities, among items included in the $1,446,900 PWA-funded project was the construction of a $60,000 stadium unit, which included erection of concrete stands, engineering work to prepare the area, and completion of a modern track facility.

Engineering work was indeed needed at the new site. A meandering stream at the bottom of the valley had to be diverted and filled in. In addition, before a stadium and field could be built there, the previous tenants needed evicting. These inhabitants consisted of a herd of goats, belonging to the dean of the school of veterinary medicine, which grazed in the valley. These goats were reported to exhibited a severe nervous condition—one which would be duplicated by supporters of many visiting teams that came to play against Auburn over the years. (Your intrepid Wishbone columnist has long wondered why Jordan-Hare never came to be nicknamed “Goat Valley,” or something to that effect. Then again, we probably don’t need yet another nickname to confuse the uninitiated.)

The original concrete grandstand, dubbed “Auburn Stadium,” was designed by Arnold G. Wurz, who passed away in 1989, just weeks before the stadium’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations. The name choice, “Auburn Stadium,” is significant in that it reflects the tendency of all associated to refer to the team and school as “Auburn,” even as far back as the 1930s. The school was actually designated Alabama Polytechnic Institute and did not officially become Auburn University until 1960.

1939: Auburn Stadium

By November of 1939, Coach Jack Meagher, who had coached the team on tiny Drake Field, at last had a stadium of his own, modest as it was. Having played Florida in a number of different cities over the previous years, the Gators seemed a good opponent with which to christen the new, 7,290-seat facility. “People wondered what we were going to do with that many people coming to town,” Beard said. How would little Auburn, Alabama ever be able to accommodate a couple thousand Gators? Restrooms in particular were a concern, as the town itself had only two gas stations with public facilities at the time.

The field house—later transformed into the Geology building, Petrie Hall—was also under construction and not completed in time for the game. (If you’ve ever noticed the oddly symmetrical and perfectly perpendicular orientation of Petrie Hall to the north end zone of the stadium—something that puzzled me greatly while I was a student—now you know why.) Florida players were forced to dress in uniform in their hotel in Opelika before riding to the stadium. Incidents such as this over the years further complicated Auburn’s efforts to move important games to the campus.

Auburn and Florida tied, 7-7. The staging of the game itself was a success. Those original 7,290 seats remain today as the lower half of the west stands. Only a year later 4,800 wooden bleachers were added to the east side, demonstrating the viability of a home field and dispelling the doubts of the naysayers. Auburn Stadium was open for business, and it seemed there was nowhere to go but up. And around!

II. THE EARLY YEARS

Auburn’s football team practicing in Auburn Stadium—at least that’s what the caption says—in 1946.

1949: Cliff Hare Stadium

Despite the stadium’s success, only twelve home games were played there during the first decade of its existence, between 1939 and 1949, as Auburn continued to struggle to convince other teams to travel to East Alabama to play football.

“We began to play more important games at home,” Beard recalled, but notes that most were still played at other sites. The main cause of this was a phenomenon that smaller programs still experience today. “The only advantage we had playing on the road had to do with financing. We could still make more money by playing in the bigger stadiums on the road.”

To make matters worse, in the final three years of the decade, the team won only three games. For some programs, that would have marked the kiss of death—the program would have stagnated with poor play and a small facility mutually feeding upon one another and resulting in a second- or third-rate program overall. Fortunately, the Auburn Family was as devoted a bunch of fans then as they are now, and one that demanded the college field a quality team with a quality facility in which that team could play. Even in the lean times of the Forties, the seats had been filled. With such an obvious financial incentive, by the end of 1948, the time had come for expansion.

In a press release issued on New Year’s Eve, 1948, the Board of Trustees of A.P.I. “authorized President Ralph Draughon to contract for the construction of 13,000 additional seats at the Auburn Stadium.” The wooden bleachers on the east side were to be replaced with concrete seats and the west stands expanded to bring the total capacity to 21,500. The Board also voted to name the newly expanded facility “Cliff Hare Stadium.”

Dr. Clifford Leroy Hare served as State Chemist and dean of the School of Chemistry and Pharmacy at A.P.I., as well as faculty chairman of athletics. He also played backup quarterback on Auburn’s very first football team, in 1892. The caption in the 1934 Auburn-Georgia game program calls Cliff Hare “one of the most beloved characters connected with athletics in the South.” He seemed the perfect choice for whom to name the stadium.

David Housel, writing in the 1973 Auburn Football Illustrated, tells of Shug Jordan’s long afternoon talks with the aging Cliff Hare. “Fesser Hare told me how he and Dr. Sanford—for whom the stadium in Athens is named—used to come to Auburn every year after the Auburn-Georgia game in Columbus and divide the money. They would sit down in the Hare kitchen, take the money out of an old cigar box, and spread it across a marble table top and say, ‘a dollar for you and a dollar for us’ until the game proceeds were divided equally between the two schools.” (One can only wonder how those two venerable professors would have reacted to today’s world of gargantuan stadiums and zillion-dollar television contracts.) From these experiences, Hare saw the advantage of a larger stadium in Auburn at least as clearly as anyone else. He wanted it to happen. The Tigers simply needed to find the right coach to start winning ballgames.

Jordan’s First Years: Success Breeds Growth

With the arrival of Coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan in 1951, the stadium’s growth was assured. Quickly reversing the Tigers’ football fortunes, Jordan took the team to two straight bowl appearances. Success on the field quickly led to financial success.

“In 1955 we had been to a couple of bowl games and we were feeling good,” Beard states. “Coach Jordan was building a good program and we had some money jingling in our pockets so we decided to build the west stands up to fifty-four rows high.”

The reasoning was actually a bit more complicated than that. The Board of Trustees, in a resolution dated April 29, 1955, gave a number of factors which weighed into the decision. The resolution stated:

“It appears more feasible, economical, and advantageous to plan the scheduling of more football games on a home-and-home basis…

“To accomplish this on a satisfactory basis it appears that approximately 30,000 stadium seats should be available at Cliff Hare Stadium, which would permit us to negotiate for games with almost every member of the Southeastern Conference…

“By having a stadium of proper capacity at Auburn and by scheduling more home-and-home games, we would benefit materially from stadium rental fees which we pay when playing away from Auburn…”

In addition, the resolution called for a new press box “to replace the existing temporary and inadequate press box section.” Clearly, this matter was of some importance to the Board and the president. Draughon and Beard had come to realize that by playing at Auburn, they could save the money they were paying Columbus and other cities to rent out their stadiums. Draughon stated that the project would be “started as early as possible…in order to have facilities ready by the opening of the football season.”

The resolution was adopted without dissent, although in a bow to the true mission of the college, a resolution adopted several weeks later took pains to note the expansion was actually “for the benefit of the college and the students in attendance thereat.”

A memorandum from Beard to Draughon, dated June 3, 1955, shows that Batson-Cook Company of West Point, Georgia, won the contract to build the additions for $275,000.00. Beard remembers that the crews “walked off the job on the last day of August. The stadium was complete.”

With the capacity of the stadium having reached 34,500, Auburn could host four home games in 1955: Chattanooga, Florida, Furman, and Mississippi State. (The Tigers won all four games, shutting out Florida and Furman, and would end the year with a regular season record of 8-1-1.) Playing and winning those four games at home, Beard said, “was a great feeling for those of us who were tired of traveling. Four games showed us what a great advantage it was to play at home.” The commitment had at last been made to bring Auburn’s opponents to the campus.

Even so, still none of the Tigers’ major rivals (aside from Florida) would play in Auburn. No Alabama, No Georgia, no Tennessee, no Georgia Tech. Beard and Jordan next would turn their attention to this problem, with their focus falling first on Athens and on Bulldogs Coach Wally Butts.

III. BECOMING A COMPETITIVE ARENA: 1955-1970

These days Auburn boasts one of the largest HD screens around, measuring 30 feet high by 74 feet wide. In 1957 they had this.

Making Room for Georgia

The year 1957 saw Auburn climb to the very pinnacle of football success, going undefeated and winning the AP National Championship. Coach Jordan had demonstrated that the Tigers were a force to be reckoned with, and this gridiron success provided leverage in Auburn’s negotiations with other schools.

The first to be persuaded to come was Georgia. “This was pretty hard to do because Coach Wally Butts loved to play in Columbus,” Beard remembered. Auburn had played the Bulldogs there nearly every year since 1916, with the only exceptions being a couple of early games in Athens. “But we kept working on it until we got the game changed.”

Georgia won the first game played back in Athens in 1959, ironically with a young Georgia guard named Pat Dye recovering a fumble to win the game for the Bulldogs. The next year’s game would be played in Auburn, and Jordan and Beard realized they would need still more seats in the stadium.

The time had come to close in one of the end zones, connecting the two stands at one end. A memorandum from L. E. Funchess, Director of the Campus Planning Committee, to Beard, dated March 3, 1960, reports approval of the plan to close in the south end zone, at a cost of nearly a half-million dollars. The bleacher seats which had stood there were moved to the north end, providing still more seats. (The north end would otherwise remain open, allowing access to the field house that would become Petrie Hall.) A large scoreboard replaced the previous one which had been built by an engineering class years earlier. In addition, dressing rooms were built under the new stands.

An overall plan for the stadium’s development began to take shape with the 1960 expansion. The sidelines stands had been built into hillsides, so the closing of the end zones would have blocked air circulation within the stadium. To remedy this, risers were left out of the lower seats in the south end zone. This, along with construction of a continuous interior concourse, was modeled on the Rice Stadium in Texas. (It’s hard to imagine today that Auburn modeled its premiere athletic facility after something the Rice Owls had built first.) The single-level, continuous concourse allowed direct access for first aid vehicles and transports to any point within the stadium, and also made it easier for attendees to move about the stadium and to and from their seats.

The project was a success. The Georgia game sold out quickly (with Auburn winning this time, 9-6), and both Georgia and Auburn officials were pleased with the results of their new arrangement. The city of Columbus, however, felt betrayed by the move—an attitude that would be repeated by some of the leaders of the city of Birmingham nearly thirty years later.

Horseshoe to Bowl

Winning seasons and bowl invitations continued through the 1960s, and thoughts quickly turned to another expansion. Beard summed up the feelings of Auburn’s leaders at the time: “Adding…seats had enabled us to have a representative home schedule and collect the stadium rental that would be so vital to the future of the program.” With this in mind, and in view of the continued sellouts in the horseshoe-shaped Cliff Hare Stadium of the 1960s, plans moved forward for the complete enclosure of the stadium by 1970.

The Board of Trustees, on October 25, 1968, unanimously approved a proposal to begin study for again enlarging Cliff Hare Stadium, “due to the continued increase in student enrollments and the demand for football tickets at home games in Auburn.” The Board went to great lengths to specify that this was contingent on acquisition of funding, which must not come from the school’s general funds.

The Board agreed by June of 1969 that “it appears necessary and advisable to enlarge the capacity of Cliff Hare Stadium, enlarge the present press box facilities, and construct a new running track facility.” The resolution also called for modification and enlargement of the dressing facilities.

The south end zone construction in 1960 had produced an unintended consequence: It had obscured from view part of the fine running track which had surrounded the playing field—a development that saddened Auburn’s track coach, Wilbur Hutsell. The coach feared visiting track teams might hide fresh runners under the stands, where no one could see them, to sneak in during a race. With the track removed due to stadium expansion, a new, stand-alone track was built in a different location to take its place, and it would be named in Hutsell’s honor. (The existence of a running track surrounding the field also explains why Jordan-Hare’s stands are so much further back from the sidelines than are stands in many other football stadiums. Compare that layout to, say, Florida Field.)

The June 1969 resolution noted that an act had been passed in the first special session of the 1969 state legislature “to permit such construction and to make provisions for the financing of same.” With the money no longer a major concern, plans moved ahead quickly. In the mean time, the Board’s Naming of Buildings Committee recommended that the former field house, which would be sealed off from the stadium by the north stands enclosure and which was being renovated for classroom and lab use, be named for the late Dean George Petrie, who had connections with both the sciences and athletics at Auburn.

The Monsanto Company, on March 24, 1969, proposed in a memo to Coach Beard the installation of AstroTurf in Jordan-Hare. Their letter lists the cost of covering Auburn’s playing field in artificial turf at $212,500.00. Turf had become popular among colleges in the late 1960s—nearly everyone was doing it, including the University of Alabama. Despite consideration, however, Beard and Jordan rejected the idea. They had misgivings about the safety of the artificial surface. “It turned out that we were right,” Beard says. Auburn never went to fake turf, and eventually most schools switched back to natural grass—at least until the most modern and safe artificial surfaces came along in the 1990s and 2000s.

Expansion plans were finalized at a Board meeting on November 22, 1969. The Trustees were clearly enthusiastic about Auburn football: “Dr. Philpott (the university president) reviewed several details concerning Auburn’s invitation to play the University of Houston in the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl on December 31, 1969.” When Philpott noted the presence of Coach Jordan and Coach Beard, the Trustees broke out in wild applause. The Board unanimously approved a nineteen year bond issue to finance the north stands construction, and then gathered around Dr. Philpott to look at an artist’s conception of the finished stadium.

Auburn added an additional detail to the north end zone enclosure, one that made school officials proud. “It was something that had not been done in any of the stadiums we played in,” Beard says. “We made provisions for wheelchairs and handicapped spectators. This really attracted a lot of attention in the state.”

The final cost of the addition, including the relocation of Hutsell Track to its new location, was just over one and a quarter million dollars. Tiny Cliff Hare Stadium, formerly only a single set of concrete bleachers, had grown into a full-fledged bowl, and the time had come to honor the coach whose success enabled the growth to occur.

“Today’s game will be Auburn’s first SEC game in newly-named Jordan-Hare Stadium, which was dedicated in pre-game ceremonies.” So wrote Buddy Davidson in the official program for the Ole Miss game of 1973. The honor recognized “Jordan’s lasting contributions to Auburn football.” Auburn’s stadium had become the first in the nation to be named for an active coach. Jordan would coach the remainder of that season and two more before retiring after the 1975 season.

Writing in the program for the dedication game in 1973, David Housel, Sports Information Director and later Athletics Director, reflected back on the competitive advantage Auburn had gained with its fine home stadium. He called the newly-christened Jordan-Hare Stadium “perhaps the hardest place in the country for a visiting football team to win. Bar none.” He supported this bold statement with a little history: While the facility was known as Auburn Stadium, from 1939 to 1949, Auburn did not lose a single game of its twelve played there (with two ties.) During the Cliff Hare Stadium period, from 1949 to 1973, Auburn posted a record of 80-13-1, which included a run of thirty straight wins at home (with thirteen shutouts). Housel pointed out that many of those wins came against such powers as Georgia, Florida, and Georgia Tech. Auburn would enjoy a similar run during the 1980s under Coach Pat Dye, and again from the mid-1990s-on under Coaches Terry Bowden, Tommy Tuberville and Gene Chizik.

Housel also wrote of the monetary advantage for visitors playing in Jordan-Hare. Now the shoe was on the other foot—teams wanted to play in Auburn because they could make more money doing so than they could by playing the Tigers at home.

He described Jordan-Hare as “an extremely popular place to play football” in the South, despite Auburn’s considerable home field advantage. “The reason,” he explains, “is money, the greenstuff without which an athletic program cannot function.” With a tremendous season ticket base and consistently large crowds, even the smallest visiting school enjoys a healthy payday, “one of the largest in the United States,” according to Housel.

Photos via the 1947 and 1957 Glomerata.

Van Allen Plexico managed to attend Auburn (and score student football tickets) for some portion of every year between 1986 and 1996. He realizes that’s probably not something one should brag about, but hey. He teaches college near St Louis (because ten years as a student was somehow just not enough time to spend at school) and writes and edits for a variety of publishers. Find links to his various projects at www.plexico.net.

Part Two of his History of Jordan-Hare Stadium will be posted next week.

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In May 2012, the Minnesota Legislature and the Minneapolis City Council approved funding for the new $975 million multi-purpose stadium to replace the Metrodome. In May of 2013, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the Minnesota Vikings, and HKS Sports and Entertainment unveiled the stunning new design of the stadium. In August of 2014, the Vikings and MSFA selected SMG (now ASM Global) as the new stadium operator.

The project was completed in just over two and a half years, six weeks ahead of schedule. Construction of the stadium estimated 3.8 million work hours and created over 8,000 construction jobs, with as many as roughly 1,500 workers on-site at one time.

U.S. Bank Stadium opened on July 22, 2016, with a two-day, public open house welcoming over 190,000 Minnesotans through its doors. The first event followed two weeks later on August 3, 2016 with the 2016 International Champions Cup pitting A.C. Milan against Chelsea. The first concert in the stadium featured Luke Bryan and was performed in front of a sold-out crowd on August 19, 2016, directly followed by a sold-out Metallica show on Saturday, August 20.

The Vikings earned their first win in their new home against then-San Diego Chargers in the first pre-season game in the stadium on August 28, 2016, winning 23-10. The Purple and Gold continued the streak, taking away their first regular-season win in the stadium against the Green Bay Packers on September 18, 2016, winning 17-14.


130 thoughts on &ldquo The Original Yankee Stadium – Photographs and Memories &rdquo

Stop living in the past. I’ve been to all three versions of Yankee Stadium, and the new one is great. People seem to forget that the original had posts that blocked the view for some. The second version had nowhere to go if it rained. And the food concourse was crowded and hot in the summer, oh and people forget the long lines to use the bathroom. I’ve been to well over 500 games with the three stadiums, I like this one very much

Ok Millenials,
Been to many games in all 3 versions of Yankee Stadiums.
To keep it positive ,here s my assessment

Best food ,non game entertainment, in Stadium comforts & around-walking promenades -YS 3
Best excitement ,competitive product and post seasons and crowd energy-YS 2
Best to just watch the Baseball live and historical vibe-YS1

Overal,I like comforts of new Stadium, but one game for say me and a date driving in w $25 tix,?
$150.00,
YS 1? W box seats at $7.00? $20.00!
Even w inflation…YS1 the best deal…w an awesome visual of original stadium.

Late to the party , 1st game at the Stadium 6/24/77 vs. Red Sox , I was 13 , extra inning win , went with my Dad and a colleague of his from work who’s comment after Jackson drove in Nettles from 2cd base with the winning run , “well , Martin gets to keep his job one more day!” I’ll NEVER forget the noise after a win or a great play or how close you were to the field in some of the seats.Went to many games over the next 20 years. Great memories of giving the usher a $5 after getting in with a general admission ticket , “ go down to 5 rows from the rail by the dugout , I know they’re not coming today” he’d say after that wipe down with the dirty towel. I saw many greats and great games , that place was a piece of American history , our version of the Roman coliseum. Priced out of going the last 20 years or so , although I did bring my 9 year old nephew to his 1st Yankee game in 1996, got to see his hero Jeter and the old building. I can’t bring myself to go to the new place , greed all around is taking its toll on the game. It is criminal that they tore down the old building and I’m just more of a all around baseball fan and especially love the history of the game. Try as they may they’ll never kill the game , it just lives in smaller venues now , sometimes even just at the local park.

My wife and I attended the opening game of the renovated stadium on April 15,1976.. I was actually disappointed that the outfield fences were so much shorter than the old stadium where I saw some bombs from Mickey Mantle that very few could reach.

I totally agree Yankee Stadium has become a glorified mall!

My parents and myself lived just two blocks from Yankee Stadium at 901 Woodycrest Ave. I will always remember the sound of the crowd when the Yankee’s made a big play. I worked as a kid at Yankee Stadium (my first job) selling hotdogs and cokes. I met many of the old school greats including Mickey Mantle (I’ll save him for another story) and was even taken down to the dugout. It’s the sounds that still play in my head that will never leave me. I have not been back to my old neighborhood since they built the new stadium. I don’t even know if I should even go back. I remember the original site and how the stadium changed through out the years. I just can’t get my head around the location of the new stadium. When I was young the new site was where I ran track and it was called Macombs Dam Park. Yankee Stadium was where we kids would wait outside in hopes of getting a free ticket. If I were to return now all those memories just wouldn’t fit. My parents were alive then and our from 5th floor apartment window faced the stadium and the lights would enter our window during night games. Sometimes, I wish things were just left as they were. I’m sure the Yankee’s could have played at another stadium while a newer one was built on the existing site (including the monuments). They go to great lengths to protect historical sites and I wish they would have done the same with the original Yankee Stadium. What great history was made there!
Thanks for your site and your feelings…

Thanks for the kind words & sharing your poignant memories here. And don’t return to your old neighborhood…you can never go back if you know what I mean. It will break your heart to see everything you once knew is gone or has been defaced beyond recognition— better to keep your memories intact of what was a glorious place & time to grow up in.

Once they partially tore down Stadium after’73…it was no longer a historical,site,for me…field was even slightly moved, and they took out the frieze that to me IS a major part of YS vibe

I don’t think remembering the old Yankee Stadium as It was in the 60s is living in the past. Those days we kids were were sons and daughters of the men and women that served in WW2. There were a ton of us that lived in the apartments near by and we had a ton of fun. Things were mellow and down to earth. There were small stores that would repair your shoes, bake the best rolls and desserts, clean your clothes, five and dimes and more than a few bars. Today, they are all gone but just like Yankee Stadium they are stuck in our souls. You just don’t see that scene that much today. Division, seems to have replaced the fun families that didn’t give damn about politics and just enjoyed life and getting together at store sponsored local neighborhood teams….and drinking a few beers…

I attended my first game in 1959 as a 10 yr. old. I saw the June double header with Cleveland (who finished second that year to the White Sox). I actually saw the game from the transit cop cabin on the elevated subway platform right behind center field. My uncle Bill was a train dispatcher and his job was to go there and estimate the crowd before they announced it so they would have the right number of trains to send. There were about 20 or so police in that little cabin and they treated me so great! They told me a lot of inside things about the stadium, the Yankees etc. while I just kind of gaped at the size of the park and the sold out number of fans (68,000) at that game. They had there own scoreboard (you could not see the park ones from that vantage and the radio gave the play by play. I saw more than a few games in the following years from that cabin and I never heard a foul word out of all those police officers. Some were really funny and they had nicknames for some of the players. They called Hector Lopez “flounder feet” because of how he ran in the outfield. He could really hit though. Great memories. One of the most memorable and happy memories from childhood as a lifetime Yankee fan.

My mother took me to my first Yankees game on June 3, 1973. I remember panicking about all the traffic as we came across the George Washington Bridge, and my mother weaved in and out of traffic down to Jerome Avenue and did a fantastic job of getting us there before game time. I was 8 years old, wearing a Yankee t-shirt with a felt number 1 sewed on the back in reverence of my favorite player, Bobby Murcer. Walking into that place was truly spiritual as I was fully aware of the significance of the building and the men who played there. Walking to our seats, a man smiled at me and handed me a bat. As I perused the it, I saw it was a Louisville Slugger with Bobby Murcer’s autograph etched into the barrel. I didn’t know it was Bat Day. The Yanks won 3-2 and I can still hear what must have been close to 60,000 fans banging those bats on the floors. I was hooked, and my mom took me to three more games that season, the last being the final game before the renovation, which is captured in one of those fabulous photos above. Thank you for sharing the photos and your stories while allowing us to share ours.

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I was wondering if anyone had pictures of the locker room in 1923 ? Pete Sheehy gave my friend John Waldron a locker room chair in 1966 during the renovation. It was the day John Waldron was traded to the Red Sox and the locker room was being renovated. John’s father was Jack Waldron and was the President of Knickerbocker Beer and the owner of the Boston Celtics at the time. Pete told John to give the chair to his Dad. When John complained he had to take the subway and his hands were full with two duffel bags, Pete growled, You tell your Dad, Babe Ruths Balls sat right here., It was Babes locker room chair.
So, the chair is going to find its way back to Col. Rupert in the Hall of Fame, I am writing a book about the chair, and was hoping someone might have a picture inside the locker room in 1923.. Thanks !

great pix. i did not know you could at one time exit through the field. it must have bee very exciting for the little tykes.

It was pretty exciting for 20-something tykes, too.

You said it Larry. I remember scooping up a handful of dirt from around home plate and taking it home with me. Although it wasn’t good for the Yankees, I remember afternoon day games where the attendance was around 20K and it felt like you had the whole park to yourself.

The original Yankee Stadium was a palace. Not sure why we’re so eager to destroy historic monuments like that. I went once at nine year old my father took my younger brother and I for Bat Day in 1969. The Yankees were playing the Seattle Pilots. By the time we got into the building the Yankees had already scored a couple of runs. By the time we got comfortable with our seats and finished admiring our Mickey Mantle bars, the biggest, darkest cloud you ever saw in your life parked right over the stadium. We might have caught an inning or two of baseball before the sky opened, but I don’t remember any of it because I was so in awe of the stadium. The game was called after 4.5 innings by the time we got back home to Brooklyn, the sun was shining.

Went to the new building in 2012 on free tickets. Left after 5 innings totally unimpressed.

Thank you so much for this wonderful site! Love the pictures and the memories. Thanks, too, to everyone who has left a comment.
Does anyone remember if in the late 60s and early 70s people could have their birthdays or anniversaries announced at the Stadium?

Recall going to 1960 all star game when I was 9 with my dad and he told many of these greats will be hall of famers one day. More HOF s came from that all star game than any other. Also remember in 61 the Yanks wore blue felt helmets. I thought I was the only one who remembered that until Billy Crystals movie 61. My dad said the Yanks were all about class that is why their helmets were felt. Seeing Mantle just swing the bat was worth price of admission. Saw Steve Whitaker hit a ball just foul out of the stadium. Years later I met Steve and he remembered.

Those are good memories to share. I also saw a foul ball hit out of the old stadium by “Hondo” big, Frank Howard. He’s the only person I ever saw do that. I always wondered if anyone else had accomplished the feat. Now I know Whitaker did. thanks

I saw Dave Kingman do it too.

Yes, but Kingman must have been post-1976 renovated Yankee Stadium. He only played in the National League until 1977.

Great photos. My dad took us, could only afford the bleachers. The photo of Mantle’s back I remember well. At 10 years old I could not believe some of the abuse he took, maybe from old DiMaggio fans?

I also recall the players grabbing cans in front. Fond memory of Whitey Ford, smiling and signing many autographs for kids my age. Seemed like a very nice guy.

On the other hand I recall Casey running for a cab and snarling at a kid my age, Get out of here kid! I never had very warm thoughts about him after seeing that.

I really do miss the old Stadium. I guess money talks. And I recall fans begging the Yankees to preserve at least the front entrance. As I recall, that would have cost the owners $1 Million. That, they claimed, was too expensive! Ridiculous.

As a kid in the 1950s, I also thought the center field monuments were gravestones. When I found out they were not, I was as disappointed as when I learned the truth about Santa.

I am using one of your pictures for a story I am writing, The article is titled, Yankees Aaron Judge already impacting Mickey Mantle’s Legacy. The article should appear on FanSided in a day or two. I will include a link to your site and will mention the name. I hope this satisfies you. I love the pictures!

Thank you for your photos and memories. I especially appreciate – and agree with – your comments concerning the “new” Yankee Stadium. Growing up in New England and a Red Sox fan,Yankee Stadium was always enemy territory. However, even as a kid, I could appreciate its history. So it was with that sense of respect that I promised my father that I would take him to a game in Yankee Stadium before it was ever town down. That promise came true on Sunday, August 31, 2008 when Mom, Dad and my then girlfriend (now, wife) saw the Tanks drop a 6-2 lackluster game to the Blue Jay’s. Didn’t matter. It was an amazing experience for this baseball fan. And to this day, idiot close my eyes, I can still see the old Cathedral. It was an amazing experience.

The original Yankee seats were also sold up in Stamford, Connecticut at Stamford House Wrecking.
There were two piles of seats out in the open with the seats simply thrown on top of one another. The seats that were anchored to the vertical concrete were made self-standing by welding on two angle irons for the single seats and three for the doubles. One of the piles were “stripped” of paint and one had all the coats of paint of the 50 years. I believe the stripped seats sold for $50 and the original painted seats for $25.
I picked up one set of the original seats with the intention of stripping them myself and saving the $25. Two mistakes:
1. The years of paint were so thick that they almost closed the gaps between the slats. There were so many different colors. Of course, the top coat was Yankee blue but underneath there were coats of green, yellow and a lighter blue… multiple times. It took me almost a decade before I got down to the oak.
2. What idiot would ever strip off all the history!

The seats were a mainstay in my Bronx apartment but were relegated to the basement with a marriage to a Red Sox family and subsequent moves to NJ and PA. I even painted them PINK (I know asinine) and put in my first daughter’s nursery and would sit in them rocking her in the night.
I still have them but they are covered up on a sturdy shelf in the garage. Still PINK¡¡¡¡
I will dust them off and repaint them Yankee blue and sit my wrinkly old butt in them again.

Made 1st bat day which was double header. I think the bats were Hillerich & Bradsby and kinda yellow in color. Wanted a Mantle but settled for Tom Tresh as there was no choice for late comers. It was sold out game but my mom scored SRO tickets making our ride from Jersey worthwhile. There was nowhere to sit but a gentleman offered my good looking mom his seat. We left after 1st game and I remember watching 2nd at home on TV. Old stadium was the place but time beat us all with change.

In 1960 I caught Mickey Mantle’s 26th homer that year. It was the first game of a twi night double header, hit off Jim Perry!!
Great thrill. It was hit left handed and I was in the upper deck!!

I hope you still have that ball!

I was at the doubleheader on May 30th, 1956. It was a Wednesday, Decoration Day I think it was called then, no school. My first time ever inside Yankee Stadium. There was always a doubleheader on national holidays as I recall.

I was 10 years old and a staunch Yankee fan. My grandfather had been some kind of official in the Garment Workers’ union in NYC. My memory tells me that there was some mafia connection and he somehow obtained some tickets for a season box for the May 30th game opposite 3rd base, right on the grass. How, I do not know.

Andy Carey was at third that day. It was in the news that he had just got married to Lucy Marlowe, an up and coming Hollywood actress. I was kind of a wise guy and in my own demented way shouted at Andy: “Hey Andy, How’s Lucy?” I imagine that he must have heard me because we were pretty close. My (NY Giant fan) father nearly had a fit. He the told me that in his time it was not unusual for players to charge into the stands to pummel their hecklers. I got a little scared and embarrassed and straightened out my act.

The next thing I remember is bottom of the 5th, and Mickey, batting left-handed against Pedro Ramos, hitting a ball off the facade in right field. Yanks went on to sweep the doubleheader. Washington actually had two really great arms in Pedro Ramos and Camilo Pascual, the pitchers of record in the sweep. Perennial eighth place finishers in a league of 8 teams, I remember the 50s meme: Washington, first in war, first in peace and last in the American League.

Growing up in Chicago, I never was at the old Stadium in person, but during the early 1960’s watched many exciting contests on TV between my home favorite White Sox and the Yankess, including some great games at the Stadium. Back in those days, the Sox were a very good team and were often in pennant races with the Yankees, occasionally falling just short at the end of the season. I remember one game at the Stadium around 1962 or 1963 where Tony Kubek made a sensational catch to rob some White Sox batter of a home run–he fell over the left field fence and actually disappeared for a moment before climbing back onto the field with the ball in his glove. I’ve never seen a more amazing outfield catch than that one. I was always fascinated by the dimensions of the Stadium. Left center was so vast, much more than right center. They say that Joe Di lost out on dozens of homeruns due to being a right-handed batter, which was not a good thing in that park. Had he played in a stadium with more typical dimensions, he probably would have matched Ted Williams in average, and he was a much better outfielder. I watched many games during the Mantle-Maris homerun chase in 1961. Sure wish I could have actually seen a game in person. Great post! Thanks for the memories, even if they were limited to TV.

I HAVE GREAT MEMORIES OF YANKEE STADIUM FROM THE LATE 60″S . NOTHING COMPARES TO THE OLD STADIUM BEFORE IT WAS RENOVATED. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER AN OLD ESCAPE TUNNEL IN THE MEZZANINE. I SEEM TO REMEMBER AT AROUND THE AGE 6 OR 7 WALKING THROUGH THIS SMALL TUNNEL THAT WAS ONLY ABOUT 6″TALL AND OVAL SHAPED. IT WAS EXTREMELY DARK AND ABOUT EVERY 20 FT OR SO WOULD HAVE A SMALL CEILING LIGHT HANGING OVERHEAD BAIRLY VISIBLE. OUT OF THIS DARKNESS ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU WOULD EXIT IN EITHER THE LEFT FIELD BULLPEN OR THE BLEACHERS. THATS ABOUT ALL I CAN REMEMBER ,BUT I HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYMORE ABOUT THIS. MAYBE THEY WERE CEALED OFF AFTER THE RENOVATION.

Ok..where to begin…today 8/26/15 I had the pleasure to attend the Yankee game obviously at the new stadium. During my drive into NY all I could think about was seeing the area where the old stadium was. This afternoon I walked right into the old stadium grounds and almost dropped to my knees and cried. How can something with such amazing history with so much allure and pride be in the condition I found it? I mean there was nothing? No “spot” where home plate was..the pitchers mound? I mean nothing. I spoke to a few of the local kids who happened to be playing on the field. I said are you aware of the grounds you are suing on right now? I think it’s a disgrace that the Yankee family failed to preserve such history. I was actually watching a game on the field and couldn’t even believe the conditions these kids were playing in. I mean it’s the same ground that every Yankee grest has played on and here’s kids playing in knee high grass and holes so deep in the batters box you couldn’t climb out of. The best part…they had no home plate. They were using a stick to mark the plate. I videoed and photographed it all in amazement. Something needs to be done to protect this area. Who actually owns this land? Is it the city or the Yankees? Somebody clearly dropped the ball here. I would’ve paid any amount to be able to stand at home plate and show my kids this great piece of history.

What’s most unbelievable regarding your comments is that you seem to be the only one. This is the greatest american sports travesty. The most important sporting field in US history and its simply reconfigured into a local park. The Yankees should have moved into Shea AGAIN and played there for two years while the old stadium was razed and a new one built in its place. One that echoed the old stadium not the featureless, scale-less, cold concrete, over-priced, arena they built. How the city blew this is beyond imagination.

At the least, they could have preserved the old field as a museum, charged admission, and poured the money into local schools. Who wouldn’t pay 10$ to stand in the batter’s box, look over the center right filed wall at the bronx courthouse?

Where to begin? I am fairly certain that my grandfather Daniel Sullivan worked on building the original stadium. I was taken to the Stadium for the first time by my father on Babe Ruth Day in 1947. The first game I was allowed to go to by myself was Joe Dimaggio Day in 1949 when the Red Sox came in with a one game lead and we beat them two straight. I was in the left field bleachers and when the Sox got their 4 run lead I was crying and said we would win. A couple of men sitting in front of me were saying it was all over. Being the obnoxious little brat that I was I let them have it when we won. OMG Labor Day weekend 1961, Detroit came in still in the race, we had the M&M guys (Mantle and Maris) and they tried to match us with C&C (Norm Cash and Rocky Colavito) as I remember that weekend 54 years ago we won the first game 1-0 . Then in each of the next 2 one of their guys hit one homer and one of ours hit 2, the sequence escapes me. I also went to the reopening day in 1976. Of course I also watched on TV in the Moylan Tavern and saw Bob Cerv hit one into the left field bleachers.. I believe that one time Jimmy Piersall went out behind the monuments when Mantle came to bat. I have to stop or I will go on forever. One more thing though, I don’t remember us calling it Yankee Stadium it was always just “The Stadium”. This is a great site!

Jim – Thanks for sharing your memories and your compliment.

Your photo showing the Polo Grounds has been photo shopped! That’s not the “Grounds”! Note high rise apts to right. They were built on the Polo Grounds site after it was torn down! There is only one bridge over river (McCoombs Dam 155th st). Only other bridge that existed there was for the old shuttle subway that ran from the Jerome Woodlawn el & was torn down long before these photos. There are other inconsistancies in the photo as well. Thanks for the memories. I hadn’t thought of my boyhood neighborhhood for many years! Keep up the good work.

Thanks for the kind words. Good catch on the Polo Grounds photo which is technically not photoshopped, but it has been changed.

It is a “composite photo” which was put out by the City of New York to show what the housing projects would like like after they were built. They superimposed aspects of urban renewal by illustrating them into the photo. The shuttle train ceased operations in 1958, I do not know what year it was demolished.

Great memories of my youth in NYC. I lived in NYC between 108th st. and 109th st. Columbus Ave. from 1957 to 1964, then moved to 109th st. and 8th Ave. from there to Grand Ave. in the Bronx, one stop away from Yankee Stadium, I commuted by the stadium many times by subway, will never forget always looking at the Stadium every time. Unfortunately, in all those years in the best City in the world (or it was to me back then) I only went to Yankee Stadium once (1962) with my Pop and my brother I was 12, the Yanks were playing against the then KC As, pitching I think was Al Downing, KC As won that game if I remember correctly, but man what a day that was !!YANKEE STADIUM!! will never forget.

I was at the last game of 1976 season when they renovated.
I was able to leave with a 3 box seat combo that today have remained in same condition as then.
I have a picture of me and friends sitting on them around second base area with all the fans walking around with their memorabilia. It’s pretty funny.
I could email you pictures if you like.

Please email to me I was able to go to the old Stadium several time including two old timers days. loved that place only been to the new one once, not as good as the original

Another sponsored slogan was Mel Allen exclaiming “That ball was foul by the length of a White Owl cigar”.

Where exactly were the OPEN STANDS (RESERVED) seats located in the old Pre-1972 Yankee Stadium?

If I remember correctly the lower deck behind the box seats were reserved seats. The Mezzanine (which was about 35 rows deep) had boxes and reserved seats as well. General admission seats where anyone could sit made up most of the upper deck with the exception of the boxes in the first few rows. Is there anyone out there who can be more specific than my general explanation?

For games with small crowds many of the seats behind the boxes in the lower deck and mezzanine were general admission. I remember going to a weekday game in 1952 and sat in the lower right field stands, they were general admission. And for really large crowds many of the seats in the upper deck behind the boxes were reserved.

Hi this is a bit of a unusual question but my grandad was in a scout for the new york yankees i’m not sure of what dates he had that role,he passed away a few years ago i am 27 and received some photos of grandad at the stadium and my grandma in photos with various players but i also have a photo of george steinbrenner and lou pinella stood next to each other i would like someone to maybe contact me at [email protected] to maybe give me some information on the photos i know nobody else has these photos i’m 100% genuine and i have searched all over for information and had no luck please contact me . Thanks ben.

Caught up in my memories of NYC (see above) I forgot to mention that this is a really interesting site. Thank you.

Thanks for the compliment and taking the time to share your memories.

I’m from waaay out of town, so have only seen a few Yankees games. My first game, I was in my thirties, alone in NYC on business. This would be in the late 80’s. While in the ticket lineup, I was approached by an older fellow who gave me a ticket – no charge. Of course I was suspicious. As he disappeared into the crowd, I checked to make sure I still had my wallet. My seat turned out to be in the front row, opposite first base. Four old-timers with season tickets. One hadn’t been able to make it to the game, and I lucked out. When they found out I was Canadian (Vancouver) they even bought me a beer. As a tourist in New York, I’ve had many pleasant and unforgettable experiences. But my first visit to Yankee Stadium was the best of them all.

Love photos of the Old Yankee Stadium, especially from the �s”. Looking for photographs of the Yankee Clubhouse from that period when it was on the “Thirdbase Side.” Hoping that someone can direct me where to look.

I’ve been a Yankee fan since 1941, whan the scooter hit .306, his rookie year. Went to many games as a Yankee junior. We sat in upper deck left field, down to third base. This was the Yanks dugout side. I Believe they switched to first base dugout 1948 0r 49. Yankee juniors went weekday ball games free, no night or week end games. Went to a game with Bobby Shantz pitching for the A’s. Mickey hit one into the left field bleachers, not to far from the A’s bull pen. It was ruled a ground rule double, because it weht between the wall the the small screen above. If memory serves, Mick did hit one his next at bat but in the left field stands. Also saw Cliff Mapes hit one into the back section of the Yankee bull pen. Also saw Tommy Henrich win the 49 opener with a home run in the ninth ( 3-2) and the next day witha home run in the first (1-0). Joe Di was out until sometime in June, but the Yanks beat the Red Sox last two games of the season in New York. 5-4 and 5-3. I believe Gerry Coleman hit a bases clearing double in the Sunday game. As Mel Allen would say, “How about that”

I’m pretty sure the Yankees switched to the first base dugout in 1946.

My 6th grade class went to see the Yanks vs the Red Sox in June 1947. We were on Yankees’ side which was third base. Keller hit a home run maybe 12 rows back,just to the right of the 344 foot sign

Great photos. First games I went to were in 1950 with family, I was at a game when Rizzuto hit one of his 37 HR’s & at another when DiMag hit one of his 361 HR’s.
I was certain that the monuments were on the playing field & googled to find out
whether my memory was correct and google sent me to this site.
In the mid fifties we also tried to see Ted Williams when the Sox came to town, never was at a game when he hit one out but saw him hit 2 or3 high flies to right that Bauer
grabbed near the 344 ft sign.

I had the honor and privilege of being issued an exclusive credential by the City of New York to photograph the complete razing and rebuilding of Yankee Stadium during the 1973-1976 demolition and reconstruction. At that time I was an Associate Director for WCBS-TV News and, on many weekends, I was hired by the NFL to photograph their “Americana” images of their games and people and cities. I have long thought that the special beauty of the unique “feeling” of the historic parts and elements of the physical Stadium had to be memorialized on film. I took over 13,000 photographs during that 2 1/2 year period, 󈨍-󈨐. What a thrill to have had that experience! What an amazing feeling it was take the “D” train and arrive at Yankee Stadium in every kind of seasonal weather. Now, over 40 years later, since that first day of demolition (October 1, 1973), I am working on a photography book of those special images which I am hoping will be a treasure to old (and new) Yankee Stadium Lovers. A partial portfolio of images can be seen on Fineartamerica.com. You may also contact me with your thoughts and stories of your Yankee Stadium experiences at [email protected] Your SUBJECT LINE has to say: YANKEE Stadium Lover–(Date of Your First Visit to Yankee Stadium).

Great page ! My first game was a Saturday game against the RedSox in July 1961. It was Ladies Day, so Mom & my two sisters got in for $.75. Me & Dad had to pay the full $ 1.30 for General Admission. Well, Dad had to pay, actually. We mostly sat in the right field stands in the lower deck, as close as we could get before the ushers shooed us back up. Usually about 20 rows behind the box seats close to the field. Was there for some special games, Mickey’s 500th landed about 15 or so rows in front of us, saw Al Kaline break his collarbone making a diving catch in 1962(?), also Frank Robinson diving into the seats in right & coming out with the ball about a minute later ! I’d say that was the first game of a twilight doubleheader in 󈨇 or 󈨈. Got turned away from the first Bat Day in 1965, but came back to get one at the 2nd Bat Day that year. Saw some goods ones at Yankee Stadium II Guidry’s 18 strikeouts, Tom Seaver’s 300th…Been to the new one a couple of times, not really impressed, it’s just so cold & corporate & far away…..

Going to Yankee Stadium was the greatest thrill of my young life. My first game was in July of 1946, the Yankees were playing the Philadelphia A’s. What a day. I saw Joe Dimaggio, Charlie Keller, Tommy Henrich, Snuffy Stirnweiss to name a few. Since that Day I attended many games, Playoff and the like. I miss that Stadium and the way Baseball was played in those days. Great memories. Thanks for putting this on display.

Nice pics and stories. My first game at Yankee Stadium was cap day in 1973, when I was 9 years old. The date was April 29. It was a doubleheader vs. the Twins. Yanks won both games, 6-3 and 11-1. I was there with my older brother and a friend. What a special day….I was in complete awe. We first sat in the upper deck in right field. Graig Nettles hit a HR in game-one that just missed reaching our deck. After game-one, my brother snuck us downstairs. We managed to sit about 10 rows behind the Yankee dugout, except I was too short to see over the people in front of me…LOL. Does anyone have any pics or video footage of that day? I would certainly be very grateful.

How do you get a electronic copy of these images? Willing to pay, but need original large enough in order blow up and frame for wall in my office.

Almost all of the photographs with the exception of one or two are from news photo archives like Acme, Bain or UPI. A couple of them I believe are from the Daily News.

So whatever the largest size photo I have (by clicking the photo and clicking again) is the largest available. I do not own the rights to any photograph and some have fallen into the public domain. I also do not have the rights to sell any image, so all I can suggest is copying them yourself electronically, and hope that the quality is good enough to print. I would imagine they may not be 300 dpi which is usually the minimum needed to make a nice photo print.

I can suggest you visit the Corbis web site, where you can search and buy (expensive) high resolution vintage images of old Yankee Stadium or AP Images. Other sites that have images are: the Library of Congress and The New York Public Library.

What a blast to read all these comments and to share the same memories. It is too amazing to comprehend they tore the original down. I was even ticked that they updated it in 󈨍. If Boston and Chicago can maintain their relic stadiums, how come the baseball capital of the world flushed it’s greatest asset down the john? What they destroyed, no money can pay for – the very field the greatest players of all time played on. And even if it might have been unsafe with a chunk falling down, they could’ve brought it up to speed. What were they thinking? I wished it was kept just as it was – same cool configuration, deep deep centerfield, monuments right in the field, same scoreboard. Sad, sad. Though my first pro game was at Shea in󈨄 (another sad story – that shouldn’t have been torn down either), my dad took to to the first bat day at the Stadium in 󈨅. I got my Clete Boyer Louisville Slugger, and at ten years old, I couldn’t have been happier. Though I saw the declining Yankees, as a kid watched all the great teams on TV from as early as I can remember. I loved Boyer’s defense, loved the Mick and Maris, loved Whitey Ford and Bouton. Baseball is the greatest – still play softball, still follow the Yanks. Love the tradition. Wished they never tore down the real Yankee Stadium. What fools were behind that?

Growing up in Salt Lake City in the 50’s and 60’s, being a Yankee fan was as kosher to me as being a Mormon. Dad got me started, but I took my fandom to ridiculousness – dressing up in a ball uniform before sitting in front of our TV as Pee Wee and Dizzy brought me the game. I adored Yankee Stadium like nothing else. Mantle was my favorite, obviously, but the stadium had a mystique for me that I have to this day. Your photos brought chills and tears to me. What a great collection. I feel like a brother to all the commentors to this fabulous presentation. Thank you so much.

Thanks for the great photos and information. I remember–vaguely–attending a game when I was about 10 years old, around 1968. Roy White stretched a single into a double and scored on a base hit to win in extra innings. I am relieved that my hazy memory of visiting the monuments in center field was not a figment of my imagination.

I totally related to Dan C’s post on 5/31/13. My dad also took us to THE STADIUM in the late 60’s for ball day, bat day, double headers, etc. By the time I was old enough to enjoy baseball I just missed out on the dynasty years. Yes, I did get to watch the Mick at the end but my baseball Gods were Roy White, Horace Clark, Bobby Murcer, Joe Peptone, Frank Fernandez, Stan Bahnsen, Mel, Thurman, and so many others. We lived in Stoudsburg, Pa and I watched all the games on WPIX TV. I can recite most MLB lineups in the late 60’s. The bad asses of those days were the Orioles with the Robinson’s, Boog and the four pitchers, the Tigers with Denny, Mickey, Al and Willie.

Thank you for posting these images. To this day the words Longines, Ballantine, Manny’s Baseball Land have very special meaning. Like Billy Crystal and so many other boys I still remember the color, the smell of mustard, the facade, the monuments, etc, etc. In my life I’ve never heard of another place that made an such a powerful impression on so many.

I’m a little sad to hear that the new ballpark is like a mall. I’ve been looking forward to going one day. When I took my son to see Yankee Stadium for a game in the final season and saw the new one across the street I about wet may pants because it looked so much like the one I remember for 1968. It’s a shame they did not remodel it again.

I’ve enjoyed seeing these pictures and reading the posts!

The commentary reads that the distance to center field was 490 feet for a few years. It was that way until 1937 when the bleachers were reconstructed.

How beautiful the old stadium was. It looked so much better when it was green. Whose idea was it to paint it that awful baby blue? It’s not even Yankee blue.

Great photos and write up on this wonderful, historic ballpark.
As a young kid, I attended my first game there in August 1963, sitting in mezzanine reserve seats, as I thing they were called (second deck, great seats. they cost $2.50, and I still have the ticket stub. Ticket said on it “enter gate 4. I usually made about 1 game a year, sometimes two, up through about 1970, then didn’t get back until after renovations in 1982. Loved both editions of this ballpark, and it retained the same footprint until torn down. Lots of history there, like almost nowhere else.

Great Post!
I remember my first trip in 1965 to see the Yanks play and they won the game on a hit by Hector Lopez in the ninth inning. The thing I remember till today is walking through the tunnel to my seats and seeing the field in COLOR! All previous games I had seen on TV were in black and white so this was a shock. I also remember the game when Bob Chance of the Cleveland Indians hit a ball to the monuments and only got a triple. I thought as a kid that he had to be the slowest man alive!

I’ve been a Yankee fan since I was a kid (󈨀’s) and my dad took my brothers and me to the stadium on all the special days (bat, cap, ball, Old Timer’s) and double-headers. We were fortunate enough to actually see Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris play. I think it was an absolute SIN to pull down the old stadium. You don’t pull down something as historic as that for ANY reason. Do you think anyone would consider replacing Mount Rushmore, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, etc. The old Yankee Stadium was a MONUMENT to baseball and I’ve noticed on the web that a lot of non-Yankee fans feel the same way. I was absolutely disgusted to learn that it was being pulled down. I guess the almighty dollar speaks louder.

I have a real weird question. My mother Joyce,who has been dead for 22 yrs. once told us kids,that her father once owner the Yankees for a very short time. Of course she had a few at the time.lol. But anyway,my grandfathers name was Frank Smith. My mom was born in Long Island City in 1917 to give you some help? Could you see if you have that info for me,just for my own piece of mind. Thank you very much.

Hi Sharon
Simply put the answer is no. This link provides the list of the ownership of the Yankees. http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/nyy/history/owners.jsp

My father took my brother and me to Old Timers Day 1971. Its was a double header and they did the ceromonies and game between game. I remember the late Elston Howard hit an inside the park home run. I also got autographs from Fritz Peterson and Steve Kline. Nothing will ever match the experience in the pre-renovated Yankee Stadium.

The color photo of the three outfielders viewed from the left field line is actually from the last game of the 1961 season when Roger Maris hit his 61st home run. Enlarge the photo and read the scoreboard and you will see for yourselves. Yanks win 1-0.

Good catch! Didn’t notice that.

I just spent an hour researching the date of this game using a website baseball reference which includes the boxscore and inning play by play for what appears to be all seasons and all teams. The caption on this pic on another site list it as 1966. I figured it out when I read the scoreboard message and the upcoming first world series game. Of course if I read down the comments page first I could have saved myself alot of trouble. The website is fascinating if you want to research games you may have attended.

It appears that the photo is even more significant than just coming from that game. Look carefully at the scoreboard. Not only is the fact that the record has been broken being announced but it’s the fourth inning, the only run of the game (Maris’ HR) has just been recorded and there are now two outs (Yogi Berra grounding out to be the second) and no count on the next batter, no. 22 Johnny Blanchard. The 61st had actually just been hit minutes before.

seeing the yankee stadium getting torn down its hard to look at and your awesome

I am looking for a list of players who hit home runs into the left field bleacher section of the original Yankee Stadium. Can anyone guide me to such a list? I believe it was accomplished by only about 10 players. I saw a list published years ago in some book/magazine, but have since lost track of that stat. Also, has anyone witnessed one of Mick’s shots off of the right field facade? Or were you there to see number 61?

I know for sure that Joe DiMaggio and Andy Carey hit home runs into the old left field bleachers, the one that was built after 1936. I saw on TV Mantle’s home run off the upper deck facade (actually the frieze) on May 30, 1956 off of Pete Ramos. I saw #61 on TV.

I did not witness one of the Mick’s facade shots in person but, as I recollect, I did witness on television his facade shot hit off of pitcher Pedro Ramos. I don’t remember the year.

Also looking for that list. I was at a game in June 1959 when Moose Skowron hit one in the second game of a double header against Cleveland (See prior post). I’m pretty sure that Harmon Killebrew was not only on that list but one of the few who hit more than one if memory serves me correct. I would be surprised if Mantle had not hit one. Tony Kubek said that Mantle playing in any other park would have probably been the all time HR leader because of all the shots to center and left center that fell for doubles and triples or even outs.
I hope someone can find that list too!

According to this NY Times article 16 times home runs were hit into the left field bleachers but does not say who hit them. Also in the article it says Mantle was the only one to hit one in dead center field. Of course,
he did it twice!

I get the last comment BP.
Great photos!

GREAT PHOTOS!
I WAS A VENDOR AT THE OLD STADIUM FROM 1960 TIL 1967.The money wasn’t bad for a high school kid. you could walk home from a game with 12 or 14 bucks. SOMETIMES $25 FROM A DOUBLE HEADER. A LOT of the neighborhood boys worked there. I REMEMBER THE BOSS WAS Mr. MURTHA OR MR. DOYLE. I WONDER IF THEY’RE STILL AROUND.

Hi so kinda strange I was checking this page on a whim to see if there was any info on prior vendors.. My grandfather(dads dad) was a vendor at old Yankee stadium. I never met him this the only info I have is his last name was Gough , they used to call him bubba too. If u have any info on how I could possibly find a picture or anything at all it’d be amazing and I know my dad would love it. Thank you!

Hi I was checking this page on a whim to see if there was any info on prior vendors.. My grandfather(dads dad) was a vendor at old Yankee stadium. I never met him this the only info I have is his last name was Gough , they used to call him bubba too. If u have any info on how I could possibly find a picture or anything at all it’d be amazing and I know my dad would love it. Thank you!

In the third picture, from 1929, is there a slight incline the last ten feet or so in front of the outfield fence?

I believe there is an incline. For how long it was that way I cannot say.

My uncle Larry Lynch worked for years at the Stadium. He was a press gate man. In the late 50’s and early 60’s I would take the bus in from Denville, Jersey with my friend Tom Vogel. into Port Authority bus terminal downtown. We would then take the D train to the Stadium. My uncle would sneak us in to games all the time. Most times we would get there way before the game for batting practice and sit in right field and try and get a ball. We never did up there, but my Uncle Larry got us team signed balls. One time he got us into the press box to sit and I remember all the old writers with typewriters and smoking cigars. Great memories.

Great photos and memories.My 1st game there was a double header vs KC we sat in center field in 1963 it was so amazing seeing how big everything was.I was 8 at the time it was very hot in the 90’s with the sun beating on us my parents stayed for a game it was just to hot for them I had a great time Yanks swept Jerry Lumpe and some x Yanks on the KC team.Thanks Mom and Dad for taking me and I also like the old stadium better.

I became a Yankee fan in 1949 living in Manhattan. Then we moved to the Bronx one mile from Yankee Stadium, 152nd Street and Morris Ave. I thought I died and went to heaven, I don’t know how many games my friends and I got see, but I loved going to the Stadium. We use to play soft ball in the asphalt parking lot next to the 159th street entrance. Great memories thanks for posting these pictures.

Have you seen how *tight* those ushers’ shirts were? Of course they were grumpy!

Seriously, though, thanks for the article. As someone who had never been to the original YS, this was a great post.

Thanks for sharing the pictures and the memories!

Those are some great historic photos. I only remember the old Yankees stadium a sI was born in 72 and my 1st game there was 83. Ive been to plenty of regular season, post season and world series games there.

Great pictures , from a Yankee fan from Mexico , Great Job .

They need to get rid of the moat in the new stadium and get some real fans in those seats. The creature comforts are nice, but the prices are ridiculous. No access to players anymore either. Sad.

The photo of the “sold out” game reminded me of the final game of the 1949 season between the Yankees and the Red Sox. My dad had bought box mezzanine seats in early April for that last game, never dreaming that his team (the Sox) and mine (the Yanks) would be tied for first place on the last day of the season. I was 10 years old and I’ll never forget the thrill of arriving on the elevated portion of the subway and gazing at the green outfield grass. What a sad comment to know that now kids can only get decent seats if they are somehow connected to corporations who have season tickets. I never heard of a corporation who could (would) stand up to cheer when a Mickey Mantle would hit a towering homer into the upper deck – they’re too busy eating sushi!

Nice photos covering the years. Great job!

I never made it to the old ballpark, with my first game coming in the late 70s at the the refurbished park, which many now call YSII. I understand the nostalgia, but I would never want to replace the current new Stadium with the one from 󈨐-󈧌. Memories are great, but the Yankees are about winning. I root for the team. Go make new memories.

the yankees need to change the current field to the way it looked in the old yankee stadium. put the monuments back in left center and in play and make the dimensions the same as they were.if not then take the center field fence and change it with a chain fence so you can see the monuments on tv.just my idea

Do you think MLB would let the yankees put them back? Seems like a safety issue. Remember at 457-461 feet even todays juiced players wouldn’t hit back there that often.

I’ve put every single one of these photos on my desktop slideshow! I’m 22 years old. And though I don’t harbor memories from the pre-renovation stadium, I was lucky enough to see a few games at the old stadium before they tore it down. I took a trip to New York before enlisting in the military in 2010 and wanted to cry when I saw the demolition taking place. And as much as I loved going to the Stadium, I would kill to have sat in the pale blue/green seats in the shadow of the original frieze. I’ve been to the new stadium…yes it’s very nice…but it’s not Yankee Stadium. I got a hook-up through a friend to sit right on the third base-line. It was terrible sitting between wealthy business people who saw the game as a social event to entertain colleagues rather than for the near religious experience that is coming to the stadium supporting the Yankees. I’ll stay in the bleachers please!

Great pictures, bring back lots of good memories. I attended the last game of the original Stadium, with the LANTERN bar from Valentine Ave, and was amazed at all the people who had the foresight to bring tools with them,to disassemble seats, signs, and anything else they could reach.

Enjoyed looking at the photos. I’ve seen them all before but it’s nice having them in one place. Just wondering where you got the info that the old frieze was stored for future use.

I don’t remember the exact source but it was either in a newspaper or book that I read the frieze was put into storage and then lost or stolen.

The frieze was never put into storage. There were rumors when the Stadium reopened that all or part of the frieze in the renovated Stadium was previously used in the old Stadium, but it’s not true. The old frieze was sold to a man in Albany for $75,000 who then scrapped it. Fans don’t realize how large the frieze was–it would have been near impossible to store it somewhere, and would have cost a fortune to do it. It’s really too bad that it couldn’t have been re-used in the renovated Stadium.

About the frieze: I read that as well on baseball-fever.com. But I did read the frieze storage / lost /stolen story in a book, newspaper or magazine. I cannot find the original source story at this point. If I do I will write back. The scrap metal story sounds much more likely than hauling tons of copper and placing it in storage.

But consider this: at around the same time in 1967 New York City was renovating large chunks of the west side when they decided to demolish the Edward H Laing Stores on Washington & Murray Streets. That is notable because it was the oldest building in New York made of prefabricated cast iron by famous architect James Bogardus. By 1971 it was decided to preserve the building and it was carefully disassembled piece by piece and placed in storage for future restoration. The pieces were stolen out of storage and sold for scrap.

My greatest thrill growing up watching the cleveland indians play the yanks in a twinight doubleheader both games were televised and that was the first time i saw the monuments in centerfield (in play)

Wow, these are great thank you so much for presenting them.
I guess, that you know you are getting old when you mourn the passing of a ballpark, I will never forgive the Yankee management for knocking her down when she had so many good years left. I have lost my baseball heart because of it. Today, the game is all about money.

Thanks for the comment Rick. Money and greed on everyone’s part has altered the game forever.

The second and third images of YS are actually from April 1923, not 1922. Construction of YS didn’t even start (leveling the site) until May 6, 1922.

The image listed as the 1950 WS is in fact the 1943 WS. See the war bond and air raid warning text painted on the facing of the upper and mezzanine decks.

The 1:56 PM aerial pic is from July 4, 1961.

Thanks for those corrections!

In addition the Gem sign at the back of the bleachers had been replaced by a Silver Star sign by 1950. Also the old manually operated scoreboard is present.

And there is no umpire at the right field foul pole which means it cannot be the 1950 WS.

I see the photo is listed as the 1943 WS……NOT the 50 WS, so I’m confused about your comment. Go back and look at the photo again. Right click the pic, then look under properties. It states 43 WS. I’m just sayin’.

The photo properties and caption were changed after being notified of the correction.

I was living in Detroit in 1964 and before that in Baltimore, 1960 to 63. Old Tiger Stadium was a great place to see a game, just don’t sit behind a pole. Mickey hit his 500 HR on Sunday at the Stadium, and his 501 in Detroit on Tuesday night with me, Mom and Dad watching. The place went nuts giving it up for the legendary Mick.

I remember watching the great 󈨁 Cincy world series and the epic 62 SF world series in Baltimore on afternoon b&w TV after Catholic school was over. Dad was jealous. I definitely remember early on Sunday night, last game of the 1961 season, the TV getting a special announcement: Roger had hit number 61! My New York born and raised father went NUTS!

Yes, Dad said he was a Yankee fan, but since I was 8 years old, never been to a game, learning how to flip baseballs cards in the alley, and rooting for the Birds: Dad said from now on we would be Orioles fans! We road the bus to Memorial Stadium and Dad got into a fight with the bus driver since I was tall and was challenged on child’s fare. He bought 4 or 5 dollar box seats because he said we didn’t come there that often, and should get good seats!! Thanks DAD!

When we moved to Detroit, we were the only Bird’s fans in Tiger land.

But, when the Orioles won the Championship in 1966, and beat the world class LA Dodgers of Sandy and Don fame in 4 straight – LOWEST scoring series in history (about 12 runs in 4 games for both teams) the Detroit neighbors were oh so happy for the little kid from Baltimore! (and that was me.)

Great Post. You are doing a real service with old pictures and reflections and such.
I remember seeing old Yankee Stadium in 1971 from the train coming into the city from the Bronx. I was an out-of-towner then but it looked great. Personally didn’t start going until 1980. Saw some great games in 20 some years. Had some great seats for cheap. Then they started winning, and it got too crowded. I have yet to go to the new one, but agree it is a shopping mall. Same with the ‘new Shea Stadium’.

The photos bring back great memories I was a Yankee fan thanks to my father and remember attending games with him and then with my brother regularly during the glory days between 1950 and 1964 when the Yankees won the pennant almost every year under Casey Stengel. We loved going to the games, even though they were becoming available at home on our newly acquired television. But watching baseball on tv did not compare with the vivid sights, sounds smells, and pure excitement of the experience of being in Yankee Stadium, especially during the doubleheaders on Sunday when we could see two games and spend all day at the ball park. I remember the thrill we received each time we entered the stadium and emerged from the tunnel to see the beauty of the green field below us.We were allowed to bring food and drink into the park in those days and I recall my mother providing us with lunch and a cooler filled with fruit juice. We lived within walking distance of Yankee Stadiu in fact, our route east on 155th street from Ansterdam Avenue in Harlem across the Harlem River over the Macombs Dam Bridge is clearly visible in one of these great photographs. Our favorite seats were in the upper deck behind home plate. We were able to buy grandstand seats there for most games for $1.25 and loved seeing two games for the price of one most Sundays. We were blessed to have come of age as baseball fans during this period and privileged to witness almost the entire careers of Yankee all-star greats such as Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, and Mickey Mantle along with other great Yankee players such as Hank Bauer, Gene Woodling, Ady Carey, Phil Rizzuto, Billy Martin, Bill Skowron, Elston Howard, Allie Reynolds, Vic Raschi, Eddie Lopat, Joe Collins, Hector Lopez,Tony Kubek, Bobby Richardson, Irv Noren, Bob Cerv, Luis Arroyo, and many more heroes under the leadership of Casey Stengel.

saw all the yankee greats PLUS other a.l. stars like ted williams, al kaline, bob feller, harmon killebrew, so many more. PLUS we had giants seats in lower sec 34 row g seat 11 & 12 for all the stadium years & saw gifford, huff, tittle, rote, webster coached by lombardi, landry…the stadium was a special place. i hated 2 c it go…

Thanks 4 the memories, My Father &I took the D train from 205th st, “The Bronx” to the Stadium, I recall 1949, NYY vs Bosox, lower rf behind “the dugout”, Joe D & Ted Williams,I worked the 1960 WS, Harry M Stevens vendor,remembering Bob Cerv #41 NYY May 5,1925,Apr 6,2017, 91 yrs young crushing a homer to “death valley” 457 feet,I’m Blueknight44 on YES message boards, My favorite Yankees, #’s 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,8,9,910,11,11,12,13,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,#22 “The Chief” Allie Reynolds,23, many 24’s, 25,28,30,37,41 Bob Cerv,42,44,49, NOW 99 Arron Judge, #7 “The Mick” is My Favorite”, Best Regards to all great NYYankee Fans, DOB 4-14-1944, Al Navarra Evander Childs HS, Eastchester AC, CF & Pitcher coach Pete Wilson Monroe HS tried me out 1960 for the Chi Whitesox where the Current NY Yankees is, regards to all, Al Navarra

Great post, you recalling the Yankee names brought back memories, I’m a fan since 1949, my first game via the D train from 205th st The Bronx, regards, Al Navarra

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