Monday, March 22, 2010

Yankee Stadium Demolition - 03/22/10

Yankee Stadium demolition has progressed over the past week. They are down to the last few sections of upper deck which will probably be gone by the end of the week. From there they will likely move onto dismantling the outer walls.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Yankee Stadium Demolition - 03/13/10

Demolition continued at the old ballpark even with today's nasty weather in the New York area. The upper deck continues to be cut into small pieces so they can be torn down. In the video above, you can see the grappler cutting into the concrete so to make small pieces to pull down.

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Yankee Stadium Demolition - 03/06/10

I made another visit to the site of the old Yankee Stadium today. Demolition has progressed quite a bit in the four weeks since I visited last. The majority of the back "bleacher wall" has been torn down, so you can get a unblocked view into the stadium now. Unfortunately for me, the Manhattan bound #4 train platform was closed so I couldn't get any shots straight into the park.

They seem to be shearing the upper deck concrete into small sections that can be removed individually. I didn't see any demolition in progress, so I'm unsure what they are doing exactly. Although demolition is progressing well, I do expect some part of the stadium to be standing on Opening Day. With that, baseball fans should be able to get at least one more glance at the old ballpark.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Stadium Remains - Part Five - Fulton County Stadium

Fulton County Stadium was the home of the Atlanta Braves from 1966-1996. It was a basic no-frills multipurpose stadium which also served as the home of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. As you can see from the Google Map above, Fulton was located just to the north of the site of Turner Field (the Braves current home).

Though Fulton County Stadium was demolished in mid-1997, the park was actually still standing the first time I went to Atlanta in June 1997.

By the time I made my second visit, for the 2000 All Star Game, Fulton County Stadium was gone and the Braves had put together a nice monument to the old park. The outline of the infield and outfield was placed in the parking lot. Also, the spot where Hank Aaron's record setting 715th was marked with a replica fence and sign. As it is a short walking distance from the new ballpark, it is very easy to see this historic site.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Figural Row Ends - Volume 2 - AL Central

Continuing the "Figural Row Ends" series, next profiled is the American League Central. All five parks were either built or renovated since 1994 and all have figural row ends.

Target Field

The new home of the AL Central champions is Target Field. The seat posts are of the same model as Citi Field, and as such have "sticker" logos. As you can see in this picture, the Twins installed wooden seats in some of the club areas. An interesting throwback to ballparks of the past. The only other current parks with any wooden seats are Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium.

Comerica Park

Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, also has an interesting row end setup. They depict a tiger in a batting stance. This is actually a throwback to the original row ends at Tiger Stadium (then known as Briggs Stadium). Its a really nice touch that appears on every seat row in the ballpark.

US Cellular Field

US Cellular Field was renovated in parts throughout the 2000's. The park opened with non-descript blue seat posts which had no figural row ends. (At right in the above image.) After the renovations, all rows in the park now are dark green with various White Sox logos. The above picture features the 80's "Sox" logo.

Progressive Field

The row ends at Progressive Field in Cleveland have an outline of the field's dimensions with the silhouette of a batter mid swing.

Kauffman Stadium

With Kauffman Stadium's recent renovation which was completed for opening Day 2009, all seats now are blue with a painted on Royals logo.

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