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WHEN THE WALLS COME CRUMBLING DOWN: YANKEE STADIUM CLOSED
Published April 14, 1998
A 500-pound "chunk of steel" fell from the upper deck of Yankee Stadium into the empty stands yesterday just hours before a scheduled Angels-Yankees game, postponing the game and "raising questions about the future of the 75-year-old park," according to Sherman, Robbins, et al. of the N.Y. POST. New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said that the ballpark will be closed until Friday for inspections and repairs. Officials "hope to reopen" the stadium for Friday's series opener against the Tigers (N.Y. POST, 4/14). WHAT NOW? The Yankees will play the Angels tomorrow at 1:00pm ET at Shea Stadium, with the Mets scheduled to host the Cubs at 7:40pm ET. If Yankee Stadium is found "unsafe" after a closer examination, Giuliani said the Yankees' three-game series with the Tigers would also be played at Shea, while the Mets are on the road (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/14). Late last night, Yankees General Counsel Lonn Trost said "there was a chance" that Wednesday's game could be played at Yankee Stadium (NEWSDAY, 4/14). Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner, reached by phone in Tampa, FL, last night, said, "We'll overcome this one, but we've got to be sure it doesn't happen again. If that means a new stadium, we'll have to see." In N.Y., Murray Chass writes that the incident could "prompt the Mayor to renew his offer of a Manhattan address for the Yankees." More Chass: "If Steinbrenner has been reluctant to bid adieu to the Bronx, even though he has bad-mouthed it more times than any other individual, now he has a reasonable excuse to ask out" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/14). Giuliani said that the incident gives Steinbrenner "a more dramatic argument that the Yankees need a new stadium" ("CBS This Morning," 4/14). In N.Y., John Harper: "This was a bargaining chip from heaven, a potential tragedy to be pocketed and exploited" (DAILY NEWS, 4/14).