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Checking out the new place tomorrow

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 06, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees are giving us media types a tour of the new ballpark tomorrow afternoon. will have plenty of photos on the site at some point.

In the meantime, I’m curious about what you would want to know about the new place. We’re going to get a chance to interview chief operating officer Lonn Trost, one of the execs in charge of the new stadium. What questions would you like answered?

Drop me an e-mail with any suggestions you have.

It’ll be interesting to see if they have Mark Teixeira’s locker picked out yet.

UPDATE: I’m at 250 e-mails and counting. I think that’s enough. Thanks for all the questions. A few answers I can give you now:

Munson’s locker: It will be moved to a museum in the new Stadium. There will be an empty locker in the new clubhouse to honor all deceased players.

Tickets/prices/etc.: This tour is to get a feel for the place as a facility. I’m not going to ask questions tomorrow about hot dogs, parking, tickets, etc.

The old Stadium: Will be torn down and the area will become a park to replace the park where the new Stadium is being built. I believe the field itself will be saved but I’ll check on that.

Monument Park: Of course there will be one in the new place. They’ll move everything over.


This is going to triple my page views.





106 Responses to “Checking out the new place tomorrow”

  1. Olde Town Glory February 6th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Could you get some pictures of the clubhouse and workout facilities? It’s stuff like that that fans are always kept the most in the dark about.

  2. Jim C February 6th, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    There is comedy. There is high comedy. And then there is PeteAbe sponsoring Kyle Farnsworth’s BR page.


  3. kd February 6th, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Tex’s locker should be next to Jeter.

  4. EY February 6th, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    I was thinking “What’s this that’s going to triple his page counts.”

    Then I saw that page, and I thought of the same thing.

    Then I saw “The LoHud Yankees blog sponsor(s) this page.”
    And I couldn’t stop laughing.

    Good one Peter.

  5. No. 4 train user February 6th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Peter :

    See if you can find out if the subways going by in CF – RF will be plainly seen like the original Stadium prior to ’73.

  6. Joe from Long Island February 6th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Pete, you have a mean sense of humor (lol).

    I wouldn’t be surprised that, if the Yankee pitching performs as we all hope and we thus have a surplus (I know, I know…), that would make for a nice deal with Atlanta.

  7. John February 6th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Pete take alot of pictures please!!!!

  8. mel February 6th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Have fun, Pete. Take lots of pix with a real camera and then post a slideshow. Just a suggestion. :)

    Good pick with Farnsy. He’s really going to respond to Girardi. Uh, you know what I mean.

  9. G. Love February 6th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    His middle name is Lynn?

  10. Say it ain't so February 6th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    I think I read somewhere that in the new stadium, the players will have a secluded type of parking lot and fans won’t be able to see them walk in before games, is that true? Has anyone else heard anything about that?

  11. Joe from Long Island February 6th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Pete, seriously, take some good pix…I do a lot of Powerpoint presentations, and a few shots of the new Stadium would be great. Of course, I would give appropriate credit to you and the blog.

  12. Yup February 6th, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    …and he’s supposively mormon (Farsworth that is)

  13. Doreen February 6th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Pete -

    Enjoy your preview! Can’t wait to get your impression and see your pix.

  14. Fran February 6th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Pete – I drove by the stadium last week and it looks absolutely amazing from the outside. Like everyone else, I am looking forward to pictures of the inside.

  15. Ryan February 6th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Question for Trost: Will the new stadium’s home locker room include an empty locker for Munson?

  16. mel February 6th, 2008 at 7:48 pm


    The New Stadium will have one empty locker for all the late Yankees.

  17. Drive 4-5 February 6th, 2008 at 7:52 pm


    We’re jealous!Pics would be great!

    Has anyone heard anything about the construction of the new Metro North station at the Stadium? It would seem like it would take a major effort to get it built in time for ’09 and I don’t see any construction when I take the Harlem Line into the city.

  18. kyle farnsworth February 6th, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks Pete.

  19. JRVJ February 6th, 2008 at 7:59 pm


    This is from Bats over at the NYT:

    “The team plans to move Munson’s locker to a museum at the new Yankee Stadium, which opens in 2009. A vacant locker in the new clubhouse will honor all Yankees who have died.”

  20. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 6th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Kyle, I hope you can do better this year, now that Joe G is there to kick your butt.

  21. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! February 6th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Pete–That’s great!

  22. GW Plunkett February 6th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Funny stuff, Pete. But the serious part is that you gave a few bucks to a website that is performing a real service to BB fans and researchers. Nice show all around.

  23. Mike February 6th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    I’d be curious about what the Jumbotron or equivalent is going to be like.

  24. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! February 6th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I don’t think you *can* have a jumbotron in a roofless Stadium…

    …You can totally have a screen, though.

  25. Bronx Liaison February 6th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Glad to hear Munson’s locker will continue to live on. I can’t imagine somebody not getting effected by walking through that locker room and seeing Thurman’s empty slot.

  26. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! February 6th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    So Phil Hughes said on his blog he reads 97% of the comments. That’s pretty cool. He gets a lot of comments.

  27. Shame Spencer February 6th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Where are they going to put the bleacher creatures? How are they gonna do the role call without bleachers?!

  28. Khoa February 6th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    I wished they would bring back the copper green frieze rather than the white. Copper frieze that has naturally turned green over time would be so great.

  29. Y's Guy February 6th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    looking at the artists rendering there are gonna be bleachers, or at least seats beyond the outfield.

  30. Jeff NJ February 6th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Pete, this will sound gross and/or pathetic, but get some pictures of the inside of the bathrooms and concession stands. Oh and the restaurants and bars.

  31. Whitey Fraud February 6th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Krazy Kyle??

    It was a trade deal, right? No cash actually changed hands.

    (Please tell me that it was.)

  32. Whitey Fraud February 6th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    The Ladies Rooms, right Jeff?

    He’s too bashful to ask himself!

  33. Say it ain't so February 6th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    At the risk of sounding stupid here, I’ll ask anyway because I’m confused..

    Did Clemens set up another meeting to occur with congress before the 13th because of the evidence McNamee gave today?

  34. Jeff NJ February 6th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Good point Whitey, we never get to see that. Coincidently as I was leaving the Giants Rally at Giants Stadium yesterday, I stopped in the men’s bathroom on the way out and my friend noticed a person of the female persuasion coming out of one of the men’s stalls. Turn that situation around and the guy is getting arrested.

  35. Doreen February 6th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Say It ain’t so =

    I would say you read that correctly. They said he requested the personal meetings after the new “evidence.”

  36. Say it ain't so February 6th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks, Doreen.

  37. Y's Guy February 6th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    very strange, so this committee is investigating Clemens and he’s allowed to have closed door meetings with them while its going on?

  38. Dan February 6th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Hey all,

    Just wanted to plug my recent interview with Famous Fat Dave, the hungry cabbie. I asked him about some of his favorite places to eat around the stadium, among other things.

    You can read it here:

  39. Whitey Fraud February 6th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Good interview, Dan.

    I hate to say it, but the best ballparks for food that I’ve been to were Dodgers Stadium and Comiskey Park (old and new).

    One time I saw the Yanks at a spring training game in Ft. Lauderdale and my guest, a local DJ, showed up with a whole pizza (in a box) that he’d picked up a few blocks from the park. That was pretty good, too…

  40. Jim PA February 6th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Here’s a question- are there any plans to incorporate any pieces of the old Stadium into the new, either in the structure itself, or at least in a time capsule/cornerstone?

  41. Dan February 6th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    For me, it was Camden Yards. I had an awesome bbq pork sandwich and crab fries. great stuff.

    If anyone ever makes the trek up to a S/WB Yankees game, I think they’ll be surprised by the quality of the food. Cheap too. Try the potato pancakes.

  42. Kyle Petterson February 6th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    “…and he’s supposively mormon (Farsworth that is)”

    I believe it’s spelled “moron”

  43. Whitey Fraud February 6th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I’ll have to go to s/WB for Channukah sometime if their latkes rock!

  44. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 6th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Kyle Petterson

    I can’t say for sure, but I believe he is saying Mormon. NOT moron.

  45. Dan February 6th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Haha, I’m sure they have kosher hot dogs somewhere too.

    The best thing to do is head Coney Island Texas Wieners of Scranton prior to the game. Best burgers, or at least the cheapest in the city. Plus the recipe has been around for 70 some odd years.

  46. Jake February 6th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    What’s with the link to Farnsworth’s page?

    Pete, are you just poking fun at Lynn?

    If so, well done.

  47. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 6th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    I got an email from Rogers site thanking me for my support. I guess they read my email. It was a form letter, but nice none the less.

  48. Rockin' Rich February 6th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I got one of those, too, Jennifer. Wasn’t sure if I should laugh or cry.

  49. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 6th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Rich, I’d say neither.

  50. Florida Yank February 6th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    It’s good to have Tino back …..

  51. mel February 6th, 2008 at 10:34 pm


    Last year, Pete got The Journal to pony up some sponsorship for a couple of Yankee pages at that site. He said he was going to do it again and he’s just following up.

  52. Buddy Biancalana February 6th, 2008 at 10:40 pm


    My team is the Golden State Warriors. Tomorrow C Webb makes his return after being away from the team he broke in with after 14 years.

  53. Melissa February 6th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    LOVE the fact that you’re sponsoring Farnsworth’s page. Absolutely fantastic!!!

  54. mel February 6th, 2008 at 10:45 pm


    Whoo Hoo! C-Webb in da house! What a rocky road it’s been. Hope it works out for you guys.

  55. mel February 6th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    O/T, but Dickie V is calling the Duke/UNC game after throat surgery. He’s struggling, but it’s good to see him back.

    Go Duke!

  56. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! February 6th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Tear down Yankee Stadium?

    Wow. This day’s been so bad, I might become a pessimist.

  57. Joba the Great February 6th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Pete, if you guys are sponsoring Farnsworth’s page, the least you should insist upon is inclusion of his PunchStat numbers.

  58. EricNS February 6th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Great sense of humor Pete!

  59. bartap February 6th, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    I’m with Rebecca on this. I really hate the idea of tearing down the old stadium. For all the history that’s gone on there, it should be made a landmark and used for concerts, corporate events, little league championships, what have you.

  60. Buddy Biancalana February 6th, 2008 at 11:13 pm


    I know you have had many emails, but can you find out if the old seats at Yankee stadium will up for sale after this season?

  61. MattNC February 6th, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    This image suggests that the hallowed ground once patrolled by Ruth, DiMaggio and Mantle will become “parking garage D”. Pete, try to confirm this.

  62. Upstate February 6th, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    10:52 pm post

    “…18-1* Let’s go PatPats!…”


  63. Drew February 6th, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Pete, you need me to go with ya? huh? huh? huh?

  64. ray February 6th, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Lakers defeated by the Hawks…ouch!

  65. mel February 6th, 2008 at 11:27 pm


    lol. Yes, dislocated pinkies on your shooting hand’s are sore. How’s KG’s abs?

  66. ray February 6th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Hey Mel, I think that was an awesome trade by the Lakers the other day. It even scared the Suns into getting Shaq, but clearly this is not the same Shaq when he was with your Lakers. KG is still out but I think they are talking about him being back in a couple games.

  67. Rob NY February 6th, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    WOOT Eli is on Letterman…. anybody watching? lol this guy is such a nerd and i love it

  68. Paul Fiore February 7th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    I’m just curious about anything about the new park. The width of the seats, the prices, the concessions, etc.

  69. Larry Jaffe February 7th, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Hey Dan, that is one great interview. I loved it.

  70. MattNC February 7th, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Pete, also ask if RCF is really going to be 371 feet in the new Stadium instead of 385 feet, as indicated in the blueprints. If so, The Yanks had better get some good lefthanders!

    If anyone wants pics of the new Stadium, go here:;page=66

    Lots of other sites have pics, and most are linked somewhere in the 66-page thread linked above.

  71. Yankee Fan in Boston February 7th, 2008 at 12:12 am

    By keeping the current field as part of hte new park, does that mean the public will be able to walk on the same ground that the Yankees did for so many years? That’d be fantastic.

  72. Dee February 7th, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Off topic…does anyone already have a Joe G #27 jersey or know when it’ll go on sale? I’ve been checking modells, the online store and the stadium store and haven’t seen one yet. Thanks.

  73. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! February 7th, 2008 at 12:59 am


    My spur of the moment plea to save yankee stadium.

    Dee–just get a customizable jersey :-D

  74. Dee February 7th, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Rebecca, I really like your writing.

    Keeping the stadium would be nice. But then I picture Randy Levine’s face and realize hell would freeze over before he let that happen. Sigh.

  75. Dee February 7th, 2008 at 1:23 am

    One more question Pete if it’s not already asked…will the seats be auctioned off? I want one.

  76. Larry February 7th, 2008 at 1:45 am

    funny stuff with the farnsworth page, but i’d have figured you as a sponsor for carl pavano (the rajah of rehab).

  77. MikeEff - Shelley at First February 7th, 2008 at 1:56 am

    i’m glad they will be saving the old infield in the middle of what will be a new public park.

    i don’t think i’d like to see the old stadium staring at us forlornly for years while we sit in the new one. best to make a clean break


  78. Dan February 7th, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Glad you liked it Larry

  79. Joeysdadjoe February 7th, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Pete….Was Phelps page taken?

  80. saucy February 7th, 2008 at 9:38 am

    MikeEff, i agree. As much as it sucks to have that place torn down, it’s just too big a place too keep around for nostalgic reasons…

    the only way i can see it working is if they kept it as a venue similar to the way they kept the old ‘spectrum’ arena in philadelphia. i’m sure their might be some ‘nostalgic’ gripes about the use of the place if that is the case, as well.

    what they are doing is best, i think. the bronx is down one park right now. and there’s too many “stand up doubles” being made in parking lot games…

  81. Paul V February 7th, 2008 at 10:04 am

    “hot dogs, parking, and tickets” are not all on equal par.

    As a partial season ticket holder, I am extremely curious as to what the Yankees are going to do with us.

    Mets fans have gotten screwed – the partial holders, that is – with being told they needed to buy full seasons or change their locations.

    I know we work on supply and demand here, but are the Yankees going to throw us to the wolves in favor of getting the last cent they can get?

    I think they probably will, but I would still like some responsible journalist somewhere to ask them these questions, rather than just puff up that fabulous new house in the Bronx.

    Come on, Pete, ask them the hard questions.

    Also, I’d like mine with sauerkraut and mustard.

    Which reminds me, has anyone heard the one about the Zen Buddhist and the hot dog vendor? The Buddhist went up to him and said “Make me one with everything…”

    Okay, I will flee now.

  82. eric February 7th, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I wish they wouldn’t just tear the old stadium down… Can’t they leave a shell? At least the facades, Babe Ruth’s bat, etc?

  83. Joey February 7th, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Don’t know if it’s been said but it’s only $40 more to sponsor Pavano’s page! If you think Farnsworth will triple it just this what Carl’s can do!

  84. Chris NY February 7th, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Ha! yes, he’s poking fun at big bad kyle (whom even Giambi said he’d be afraid to fight) with a girl’s middle name….

  85. wood is good February 7th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Might be too late to ask –

    Is the Big Bat gonna be transplanted? A new one built?

  86. Christina February 7th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Hey Pete

    Tell my buddy Lonn Trost that his time is up and he needs to go. His economics theory and the absurd value he places on these tickets being 400 dollars a pop are the reasons why there are so many rich bandwagons that come to a game in the 3rd and leave in the 7th; not knowing a thing about baseball. Taking the real fans away from the game was real genious. Hes the reason that many of us from upstate can’t afford to go to many or even any Yankeees game anymore.

    I know I used to make the 3 hour drive about seven times a year but with tolls, gas, and parking the way it is, it is gonna cost me 200 + dollars for one ticket to sit in the upper deck. Ill stick to making the 6 hour drive to another country to watch a baseball game that will cost me alot less.

    Keep up the great work!

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