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20 Facts About Yankee Stadium

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Yankee Stadium was a stadium located in the Bronx, a borough of New York City.

The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States.

The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City, within the U.S. state of New York.

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It was the home ballpark of the New York Yankees, one of the city's Major League Baseball franchises, from 1923 to 1973 and then from 1976 to 2008.

Major League Baseball is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx.

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The stadium hosted 6,581 Yankees regular season home games during its 85-year history.

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It was also the former home of the New York Giants football team from 1956 through the first part of the 1973–74 football season.

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The stadium's nickname, "The House That Ruth Built", is derived from Babe Ruth, the baseball superstar whose prime years coincided with the stadium's opening and the beginning of the Yankees' winning history.

George Herman "Babe" Ruth was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935.

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It has also been known as "The Big Ballpark in The Bronx", "The Stadium", and "The Cathedral of Baseball".

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The stadium was built from 1922 to 1923 for $2.4 million.

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The stadium's construction was paid for entirely by Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, who was eager to have his own stadium after sharing the Polo Grounds with the New York Giants baseball team the previous 10 years.

Jacob Ruppert, Jr. was an American brewer, businessman, National Guard colonel and United States Congressman who served for four terms representing New York from 1899 to 1907.

The Polo Grounds was the name of three stadiums in Upper Manhattan, New York City, used mainly for professional baseball and American football from 1880 until 1963.

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Yankee Stadium opened for the 1923 MLB season and at the time, it was hailed as a one-of-a-kind facility in the country for its size.

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Over the course of its history, it became one of the most famous venues in the United States, having hosted a variety of events and historic moments during its existence.

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While many of these moments were baseball-related—including World Series games, no-hitters, perfect games and historic home runs—the stadium also hosted boxing matches, the 1958 NFL Championship Game, concerts, Jehovah's Witnesses conventions and three Papal Masses.

1958 was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1958th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations, the 958th year of the 2nd millennium, the 58th year of the 20th century, and the 9th year of the 1950s decade.

In baseball, a home run is scored when the ball is hit in such a way that the batter is able to circle the bases and reach home safely in one play without any errors being committed by the defensive team in the process.

The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League champion team and the National League champion team.

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The stadium went through many alterations and playing surface configurations over the years.

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The condition of the facility worsened in the 1960s and 1970s, prompting its closing for renovation from 1974 to 1975.

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The renovation significantly altered the appearance of the venue and reduced the distance of the outfield fences.

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In 2006, the Yankees began building a new $2.3 billion stadium in public parkland adjacent to the stadium.

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The price included $1.2 billion in public subsidies.

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The design includes a replica of the frieze along the roof that was in Yankee Stadium.

In architecture the frieze is the wide central section part of an entablature and may be plain in the Ionic or Doric order, or decorated with bas-reliefs.

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Monument Park, a Hall of Fame for prominent former Yankees, was relocated to the new stadium.

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Yankee Stadium closed following the 2008 baseball season and the new stadium opened in 2009, adopting the "Yankee Stadium" moniker.

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The original Yankee Stadium was demolished in 2010, two years after it closed, and the 8-acre site was converted into a park called Heritage Field.

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