The first Yankees home game is tomorrow afternoon, but the parks that were promised as replacements for Macombs Dam Park will not.
The Gotham Gazette reports that:
Yankee Stadium and the new Metro North station were both completed on schedule, but the replacement parkland has been subject to delays and will be not be fully complete until the fall of 2011, according to the current timeline. Meanwhile, the estimated cost to the taxpayers, one that would not have been incurred if the Yankees had rebuilt their new stadium at the site of the old one, has risen from $116 million to $195 million, according to the Independent Budget Office."Yankees C.O.O. Lonn Trost still does not think that tickets are too expensive
Check out the Yankees Community Benefit Fund News Page, see if you can find any recent activity! Also, for bonus points, see if you can find any interest accruing on the fund's annual $800,000 allotment.
Not sure you'll be able to find enough distractions to waste your money on at the new stadium? Fortunately, a Tommy Bahama's Bar will be open tomorrow as well. A press release for the bar notes that the "popular lifestyle brand, brings its life is one long weekend philosophy" to the Bronx.
Again, still no parks.
Mohegan Sun is worried that people might blame them for the obstructed view that their in-stadium restaurant causes. Mohegan Sun's Mitchell Etes told the New York Times, "We had no say in the construction of the stadium, and I’m certain that this was designed long before we made the deal."
Of course, at some point, they will have say in renewing their investment.
A 99 year old Bronxville man who was at the very first Yankee game at the old stadium, will be in attendance tomorrow night. While he's excited to see the new stadium, he is not happy about ticket prices.