October 23rd 2009

Introducing: Yankee Stadium

Here on The Swish Life Magazine we’re launching a new feature: a monthly artistic cartoon highlighting New York City landmarks. We are pleased to have Mark Hayward join our team as our in house illustrator and artist. Welcome Mark!

The Yankee Stadium

Calling Bronx, New York it’s home, the Yankee Stadium first opened April 18th, 1923, though has been rebuilt in the last year.

It serves as the ballpark for the New York Yankees, using many of the design elements from the previous stadium that it replaced.

As the second most expensive stadium in the world (costing about $1.3 billion in total), it had been in the works for development since the early 80s.

There are obvious differences between the old and new stadium (check out the finer details here), but one thing remains the same: they both pay homage to the Yankees’ history.

Other interesting facts:

  • – In its first 23 games, 87 home runs have been hit here.
  • – The architects were HOK Sport.
  • – Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani had wanted to build the Yankees and Mets a $800 million, retractable-roof stadium; Michael Bloomberg, however, had other plans.
  • – In the old stadium, there was the well-known “Bloody Angle” between bleachers and right-field foul line, which was very asymmetrical and caused crazy bounces. Eliminating this in 1924 caused the plate to be moved 13 feet and the deepest left-center corner to change from 500 to 490 feet.
  • – The dressing area features 3,344 ft² of space, with each locker equipped with its own safety-deposit box and touch-screen computer.

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The New York Yankee Stadium in Black and White

New York City Yankee Stadium Illustration by Mark Hayward

We thank our in house artist and illustrator Mark H. Hayward for this month’s illustration. You can find out more about Mark and his work, and view his Illustration Portfolio here.

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.