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Old Posted Mar 27, 2009, 12:37 AM
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To be the ballpark of all ballparks, once again.
     
     
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2009, 12:54 AM
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http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/...ck_circle.html

New Stadium park in on-deck circle



BY Bill Egbert
March 23rd 2009

The first of the long-awaited replacement parks for the Yankee Stadium neighborhood will finally open next month - sort of.

A portion of the new Macombs Dam Park soccer field that is being built atop a stadium parking garage is set to open to the public in April, according to the city Parks Department, which is responsible for the project.

The remainder of the 7-acre field, however, will remain fenced off as a construction site for another year.

For three years, the neighborhood has waited impatiently for replacement of the 22 acres of green space and recreational facilities plowed under to make way for construction of the new Yankee Stadium complex just north of 161st St. and the House that Ruth Built.

The wait has been long, and local residents are frustrated at the lack of recreational space, said Jose Rodriguez, district manager for local Community Board 4.

The board also had concerns about the safety of the pedestrian plaza being constructed along Rupert Plaza, since it would be open around the clock.

But Rodriguez said that, at a recent meeting with the Parks Department, he became convinced the situation could be addressed with better lighting and perhaps a closed circuit TV monitor connected to the local 44th Precinct.

Overall, Rodriguez said the replacement park designs look like they may be worth the wait.

“If the parks are going to look like what Parks presented to us,” he said, “it’s going to be beautiful.”

The new Macombs Dam Park will have flowering trees and grassy slopes linking the rooftop park to 11-acre Heritage Field, a three-ballfield park to be built on the site of the old stadium. Heritage Field will be surrounded by slopes and low hills with more greenery and seasonal plantings interwoven with a walking path.

In addition, two parking lots across River Ave. from the old stadium will also be remade into pocket parks, featuring a skateboarding area and a spray shower triggered by vibrations from trains passing on the overhead tracks.

Work on Heritage Field can't begin, however, until the old stadium comes down. Though the ballpark's last season ended six months ago, the city has yet to issue permits for the demolition.

"The Mets started demolition of Shea Stadium the day after their season ended," said Geoff Croft of New York Park Advocates, a longtime critic of the replacement park plan.

Andrew Brent, spokesman for the city Office of Capital Project Development, had an explanation for why the contract and permits for the Yankee Stadium demolition have yet to be finalized.

"Contractor solicitation cannot begin too far in advance of an estimated work start date because contractors don't hold prices indefinitely and you run the risk of having to rebid the contract," Brent said. He added that the process began "well before the team moved out."

Croft also complained that artificial turf fields on top of parking garages should not be seen as adequate replacements for the natural grass and old-growth trees of the old Macombs Dam Park.

But Parks counters that it is shifting to lower-maintenance artificial turf fields citywide.

Bronx Parks Commissioner Hector Aponte said that the agency has addressed the community's main concern about the synthetic turf - the extreme heat created by traditional infill made of recycled tires - by instead using a new, tan-colored rubber powder.

"It's 20 degrees cooler than the recycled infill," Aponte said.

The partially complete athletic field at the new Macombs Dam Park opening next month will also be marked off to provide an interim running track until the new track is ready next year.

The track will be named for Joe Yancey, the famed Bronx track coach, just as the track at the old Macombs Dam park was named.

The finished park will eventually include four handball courts, four basketball courts, grandstand seating, a new comfort station and picnic table terrace.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2009, 12:56 AM
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Heritage Field as it was originally envisioned, with part of the stadium intact...




And as it will be..

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Old Posted Mar 27, 2009, 12:59 AM
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here you go nyguy you will like this one

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Old Posted Mar 27, 2009, 1:28 AM
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That is nice. I believe it will be the largest in baseball.
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More views of what was planned, and what's in store for the new park...










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actually it's second only to the kansas city
http://www.twinsbikers.com/wp-conten...ls-stadium.jpg

according to wikipedia it is the largest in the world but will be surpassed by the one that will be going up in texas stadium.

royals stadium screen 84 ft wide x 105 ft tall
yankee stadium screen 101 ft wide x 59 ft tall
     
     
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2009, 1:42 AM
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http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2009/0...nkees-new.html

Yankee Stadium's New HDTV Is Bigger Than Yours -- Way Bigger



By Jose Fermoso
March 25, 2009

Anyone walking into the new $1.3 billion stadium for the New York Yankees this spring is bound to be amazed by the size of the center field LED scoreboard, as the first photos of the screen reveal.

Taken by a local CBS affiliate in New York, the pics show early tests of the 103-by-58-foot, 1080p HD Mitsubishi Diamond Vision LED display, which is six times larger than the screen at old Yankee Stadium. According to Mitsubishi, the display is embedded with 8,601,600 LED lamps (covering a total of 5,925 square feet), and can put up to four simultaneous images, with picture-in-picture capabilities.

Some fans are worried that the screen will overshadow the game itself. Since it's located at the same height as the stadium's second deck and seems to occupy a quarter of the whole outfield façade, this seems quite possible. That is prime viewing position for nearly everyone inside (including the players), and it's only natural to continually glance over at a giant flickering thing rather than the serene pastoral slowness of the game.

So you'd think that with that enormous screen, umpires will be using it with the new replay system, right? Alas, no.

According to Major League Baseball, teams are forbidden from showing "a replay of any play that could incite either team or the fans." Judgment calls will continue being made by the umps, as they always have. It's possible that once a play has been decided, the scoreboard will show versions of disputed plays, but with a screen that size, any possible mistake by the umps could be compounded.

The giant screen is part of a big display tech development for the new Stadium, which also includes about 1,400 other video screens of all sizes, and about 550 of them are flat-panel Sony Bravias.

All displays will be managed by an IP-based network from Cisco Systems. Every one of those TVs will have a singular IP address that can be manipulated for specific MPEG-4 compressed video.

Expect the system to be used to sell ads within the stadium and to show awkward baseball-themed marriage proposals.

Last but not least, big-screen specialist Daktronics also built a video/scoring system that manages a 1,280-foot long color LED ribbon board mounted to the facade of the second deck and will be one of the longest continuous displays in sports. Just like the giant Times Square screen we featured months ago, the LED ribbon board is made out of hundreds of smaller LED 'cubes.' This one will show lineups and other team info and will occasionally show psychedelic light shows during the night (see pic above).

We'll see if the Yankees break from old-school baseball tradition and use all of those displays to put on the first legitimate pre-game light-show-in-the-dark introductions, just like the NBA does in most of its arenas.

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Old Posted Mar 27, 2009, 1:46 AM
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this stadium is freakin awesome. plan on going to any games nyguy?
     
     
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2009, 1:55 AM
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this stadium is freakin awesome. plan on going to any games nyguy?
Of course! I would also like to attend at least a game at the new Citifield (Mets fans aside). We are at a very historical point in the city's baseball history. What better way to witness it than with my own eyes...
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i love this one
     
     
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i have heard rumors that they are up for next years winter classic.
     
     
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wfan posted a bunch of new ones
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The one they've torn down was not the original, the original has been gone a long time
Oops, I meant this most recent one. Yeah, the original was gone since the 20's, right?
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the original was built starting 1922 and finished in 1923. what he is talking about is the make over they did on the stadium in the mid 70's. the only thing that remained the same was the skeleton of the stadium and most of the outer wall. it looks totally different from opening day. thats why he said the original has been gone for a long time.
http://baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=71363&page=9

this is the pre-renovated stadium. as you can see it is the inspiration for the new one.

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Old Posted Mar 28, 2009, 11:44 PM
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the original was built starting 1922 and finished in 1923. what he is talking about is the make over they did on the stadium in the mid 70's. the only thing that remained the same was the skeleton of the stadium and most of the outer wall. it looks totally different from opening day.
Right. The Yankees played a couple of years at Shea while Yankee stadium was being "rebuilt" with a different look. The last incarnation opened in 1976. The new stadium has been designed to look more like the original, both inside and out.

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I think Wrightguy was talking about Polo. Of course, when you talk about the Highlander era, they started at Hilltop.
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