The day that Yankee Stadium opened on April 18, 1923 in the Bronx, Babe Ruth hit his first home run within its cement walls. Even though the stadium has been known ever since as “The House that Ruth Built,” Babe Ruth did not actually build it. It was Yankees owner Jacob Rupert who paid the cool $2.4 million (or $32 million in today’s dollars) to have it built.
In its 85+ year history, this “cathedral to baseball” has hosted 6,581 Yankees regular season home games. It also did double duty as the former home of the New York Giants football team.
In 2009, a new stadium replaced the original, with many of the same design elements still in place. The new ballpark, built right across the street from the 1923 stadium in the Bronx, incorporated a replica of the copper frieze that lined the upper deck roof, the Indiana limestone exterior, and a manually operated scoreboard.
Acts like Jay-Z, Eminem and even Pope Benedict XVI have graced those fields. One of the ballpark's most popular features is also Monument Park, showcasing retired numbers and other monuments of the Yankees. Don’t feel like catching a game, but still want to see the famous ballpark? Our Best of NYC cruise sails right by Yankee Stadium!
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