Old Yankee Stadium

Old Yankee Stadium From the Upper Deck Behind Home Plate

When Did Old Yankee Stadium Open?

In 1923, the Old Yankee Stadium opened up for the New York Yankees. The old Yankee Stadium use to be the third oldest baseball stadium in the game when the Yankees played there. After the Yankees spent time playing at the Polo Grounds with the New York Giants, the Yankees finally had their own home. In 1923, the Old Yankee Stadium was a hallmark in design and function. During the next 85 years, the Old Yankee Stadium will become of the most famous arenas in the world. The Yankees now play at the New Yankee Stadium which is located right across the street.


Where was the Yankees Former Home Located?

Old Yankee Stadium Outside at Night

The Old Yankee Stadium location was in the Bronx, New York in the United States. The Bronx makes up one of five boroughs in New York City. Many subway lines run parallel to Yankee Stadium, so the location was ideal for fans visiting from New Jersey, Upstate New York, Manhattan and the rest of New York City. The exact location of the old Yankee Stadium was 161st Street which ran next to River Avenue in the Bronx. The Harlem River runs near the old and now New Yankee Stadium in 2019.


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What Team Played at the Old Yankee Stadium?

The New York Yankees are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team in the American League East Division. In the American League East Division, you have the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays.


What were the Old Yankee Stadium Dimensions?

Old Yankee Stadium Empty Behind Home Plate

From 1923 to 2008, Yankee Stadium had many different dimensions. When Mickey Mantle and Roger Marris were playing in 1961, you would see the fence in the left-center be at 460 feet from home plate.


During the 2008 year, you would have seen the following dimensions from home plate. You would see the markings of 318 in left field, 399 in left center, 408 in center field, 385 in right center, and 314 in right field. Right field was always known as the short porch in the right due to Babe Ruth playing for the Yankees. The name of the park became known as the house that Ruth built after all the home runs he hit to right field.


What was the Old Yankee Stadium Capacity?

Throughout the eighty-five years of existence, Yankee Stadium went through numerous capacity changes. With the renovations that took place in the ’70s, Yankee Stadium kept around the same amount of capacity up until 2008. In the final season in 2008, Yankee Stadium had a capacity of 57,545.


Notable Events

Old Yankee Stadium Players outside Yankee Stadium

Over 6 thousand baseball games were played at Yankee Stadium with countless World Series games and championships. The Yankees now have 27 World Series championships as of 2019. Yankee Stadium is known as one of the most famous arenas due to the championships won and all the non-baseball events that have been there.


The Old Yankee Stadium went through a major renovation from 1974 to 1975. The improvements included fixing the concrete, removing the upper deck poles, the frieze saw it’s removal from the upper deck to the bleachers and more. The Yankees played at Shea Stadium (The Mets Stadium) during this time when their stadium was under renovation

Monument Park Old Yankee Stadium

One of the most notable aspects of the Old Yankee Stadium was Monument Park. Monument Park was section out in left field that would honor great Yankees of the past. Some of the names that you would have seen at Monument Park was Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mikey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Derek Jeter, and many more.


2008 was the final season of the Old Yankee Stadium. The All-Star Game was also at the Old Ballpark that year, so it made the final season even more special to fans. The last MLB game was on September 21, 2008, against the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees won the last game at the Old Stadium.


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