New Yankee Stadium
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New Yankee Stadium is the $1.5 billion ballpark for the New York Yankees, that opened at the start of the 2009 season. The original Yankee Stadium opened in 1923, was extensively remodeled for the 1976 season, and closed at the end of 2008. The new stadium is located across the street from the old one, on a site previously occupied by youth baseball fields. After the ballpark's completion, the old Yankee Stadium was torn down and youth fields installed in its location.
The first regular season game in the new park was played on April 16, 2009, with the Cleveland Indians beating the Yankees 10-2 before a sellout crowd of over 48,000. The only positive note for the Yankees in that game was that the first hit and home run in the new park were collected by Yankee players, Johnny Damon and Jorge Posada respectively. However, the Indians exploded for 9 runs against the Yankees' bullpen in the 7th inning to send fans to the exits, with a two-run double by Jhonny Peralta and a grand slam by Grady Sizemore being the key blows.
The Yankees were having trouble filling seats in the new stadium early in the season. Despite the flashy new location and the general appeal of attending a Yankees game, entire rows remained empty. Some of the more luxurious seating areas that remained empty feature cushioned blue seats with teak arm rests. While most of the cheaper seating areas were filled, the seats closest to the field costing $325-$2,500 remained empty. This prompted the club to reduce prices for these empty seats, slashing prices by up to half. 
The first two games of the 2009 World Series were played in the new stadium.
On August 8, 2013, it was announced that the National Hockey League's New York Rangers would play two outdoor games at New Yankee Stadium during the 2013-14 season. The first game would take place on January 26th with the New Jersey Devils playing the Rangers. Three days later the New York Islanders would host the Rangers in the second of the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series. Yankee bosses Randy Levine and Lonn Trost were there representing the Yankees.
 Further reading
- Joe Mock: "Yankee Stadium embraces history, not fans", USA Today, July 23, 2013. 
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