MLB Teams Open New Baseball Stadia

Attention fellow McCoveneers:


It may have escaped your notice, but 2 of the 4 teams in Major League Baseball are opening brand new stadia this season.


yahoo coverage  ap coverage video report


Excitement is building, since no new stadia have been constructificated since chairs were put atop the Green Monster a few years ago.  Mets faithful are in particular excited because their poor fans suffered through Shea Stadium, the worst and horriblest park in all baseball history, ever.

NY times architecture review

Amazingly, both teams have decided to build in some "nostalgic" features, like the fantabulous manual scoreboard in Yankee Stadium.  Interestingly, a real person will actually place and change number placards just like when Don Larsen pitched his perfect game.  If you want, you can even plant the same grass as the Yankees play on.  The House that Derek Jeter Built even features a Hard Rock Cafe for all the South Bronx locals and Yankee diehards who will soon be streaming beneath the magnificent facade, grooving on the hip Springsteen tunes and checking their portfolios on their Blackberrys. Fun for the whole family can be found in the Ketel One Lounge or the Jim Beam Suite.

Over in Queens, the Metropolitans have built a brick-clad gem with dark green seats, just like the old Polo Grounds where they once played. In an innovative public-private partnership, the Mets proudly display the name of one of our finest government-owned financial institutions.

Both parks feature wide concourses so that fans can buy hot dogs or credit default swaps with clear views of the field. 

For those of you who may be facing economic difficulties attributable to the current inverse stock market and mortgage refinance boom, you may wish to take a tour of Yankee Stadium for only $20.  However, see here to  search for tour tickets and note that

Yankee Stadium Tours will begin May 4th and end on September 25th for the 2009 season. Tour start times vary; the time printed on the ticket is the time of your tour.


I thought it important to bring this to your attention.  I'm sure you all will enjoy seeing these stadia every Saturday on Fox when the Boston Red Sox or Chicago Cubs come to town and all AAAA games are blacked out to allow you to choose freely to watch the Big Leaguers.

Fun fact: the second home run in Yankee Stadium history was hit by Cody Ransom!  Extra credit to anyone who can identify the Fresno Grizzlies playing 2B or RF for the Bombers at game end.


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