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GIULIANI PROPOSES "THEME PARK" PLAN FOR YANKEE STADIUM
Published January 25, 1995
NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani presented Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner with a plan to create a "theme park" atmosphere at Yankee Stadium, surrounding a renovated ballpark with restaurants, parking garages and new roads. The project's cost estimates run as high as $600M, compared with a $250M estimate for a plan to overhaul the stadium and neighborhood presented less than one year ago. Officials who attended the meeting said Steinbrenner "indicated that the proposal was more to his liking." Improvements inside the stadium call for about 100 luxury boxes and a new outer wall "that would copy the original facade of Yankee Stadium." The "most striking" differences between the current plan and those Steinbrenner has rejected in the past are the roads and garages "that would allow fans to drive from the suburbs directly to the stadium without sitting in traffic on the streets of the South Bronx" (Matthew Purdy, N.Y. TIMES, 1/25). Steinbrenner: "I can't say whether I'm optimistic or not. ... What I will tell you is this was our second meeting and this is obviously a priority for Giuliani" (Long & Guart, N.Y. POST, 1/25). THE YONKERS YANKEES? This morning's N.Y. DAILY NEWS reports the team has received an offer to move to the Meadowlands Complex in NJ, where the state of NJ would build a $350M "Camden Yards- style stadium" that the team could lease "long term for short money." The NJ offer also includes a guarantee on yearly attendance and a clause in which the NJ Sports Authority would defend the Yankees against any lawsuit by New York City over breaking their Bronx lease which expires in 2003. Also in the DAILY NEWS piece: A source close to NY Governor George Pataki says "he is waiting for Giuliani 'to fall on his face' in negotiations with Steinbrenner 'so he can save the day and the Yankees for New York, but not necessarily the city.'" The source says Pataki's aides have "made some preliminary investigation" into building a stadium next to the Yonkers Raceway (Bill Madden, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/25).