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Yankee Stadium is a baseball and soccer stadium located in the Bronx borough of New York City, United States. It replaces the former stadium of the same name as the home of the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. Since 2015, it has also been occupied by New York's new MLS franchise, New York City FC.
The new baseball stadium was built on the street northeast of the former Yankee Stadium, on the former site of Macombs Dam Park. The stadium opened on April 2, 2009, when the Yankees held a practice day for fans in the Bronx community. The first game at the new Yankee Stadium was a pre-season exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs, played on April 3, 2009, won by the Yankees 7-42. The first game of the regular season was played on April 16, and lost 10-2 to the Cleveland Indians.
Much of the stadium incorporates elements of the old Yankee Stadium, paying homage to Yankees history. Although construction of the stadium began in August 2006, the project to build a new stadium for the Yankees lasted many years and faced many controversies. The stadium was built on what had been a 97,000 square foot public park at the time. In addition, the stadium was controversial because of its estimated cost of $2.3 billion, $1.2 billion of which was paid for by taxpayers.5 It is the third largest stadium in the world. It is the third most expensive stadium after Wembley Stadium in London and New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner began campaigning for the construction of a new stadium in the 1980s, even claiming unsafe conditions around the original Yankee Stadium, despite the possibility that such statements might discourage his own team from participating in the championship. The owner of the Yankees reportedly intended to relocate the team near the Hudson River in New Jersey. The Yankees were also considering a move to the west side of Manhattan, where West Side Stadium was located and would later be considered by the New York Jets and the city’s bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. The stadium was opened on 3 October, and was built on the same day as the Yankees.
The stadium opened on April 3, 2009 for a friendly game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs. The first major league game took place on April 16 with a Yankees-Indians game. Cliff Lee’s Indians won 10-2 in front of 48,271 people
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