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YANKEE STADIUM PART I: DETERMINING THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE
Published April 15, 1998
Yankee Stadium "will most likely remain closed for inspections and repairs through the weekend," putting off Saturday's home game against the Tigers that would have marked the 75th anniversary of the stadium, according to King, Hardt & Kuntzman of the N.Y. POST. Yankees officials were in "heated negotiations" with Tigers officials to switch the weekend series to Detroit, and play next weekend's series, scheduled at Tiger Stadium, in the Bronx (N.Y. POST, 4/15). An A.L. official said there was "no compelling reason for the Tigers to agree to a switch that would inconvenience their own fans" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/15). HOME AWAY FROM HOME? The Yankees will play the Angels today at 12:05pm at Shea Stadium. Mets Senior VP/Business & Legal Affairs David Howard said that having the Yankees play at Shea Stadium "will be a significant cost to us, but we will address that at a later date. ... We are not charging the Yankees any rent." Howard "would not divulge specifics of any monetary arrangement between the two clubs," but he said that the Yankees will get ticket and parking revenue, and "will cover the actual expenses of having a game." Howard said whether the team will host future games at Shea "remains to be seen" (Arthur Staple, NEWSDAY, 4/15). STADIUM INSPECTIONS: NYC Parks Commissioner Henry Stern said that the "last time city inspectors checked out the 500-pound expansion joint that crashed into the stands ... was in the early 1980s," according to Finnegan, Fitz-Gibbon & Siemaszko of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Since July '96, NYC has spent $5M in repairs/improvements (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/15). There are 40 engineers overseeing the project. One engineer said that 15 cracks in the stadium's support beams were discovered, and that eight beams bore markings indicating they should have been replaced but were not. One Yankees player who asked not to be identified said, "From what I'm hearing, I'd be surprised if we played a game here before June 1" (Jack O'Connell, HARTFORD COURANT, 4/15).