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YANKEE STADIUM, PART II: WILL INCIDENT LEAD TO NEW NYC PARK?
Published April 15, 1998
NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani "hopes" the incident at Yankee Stadium "will boost efforts to build new ballparks for both the Yankees and the Mets," according to Robert Hardt of the N.Y. POST. Giuliani "reiterated his call for a new stadium" for the Yankees on Manhattan's West Side (N.Y. POST, 4/15). Giuliani also said that new ballparks in NYC "will mean substantial revenues for the city that will more than offset whatever the negotiated price turns out to be. It will mean a lot more jobs for the city." But Smith College Professor Andrew Zimbalist said, "People shouldn't be running to finance a new stadium just because one beam fell" (N.Y. POST, 4/15). Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner observed the damage on Tuesday and said of the inspection process: "[W]e'll be absolutely sure it's safe for fans to come back" (Bill Chastain, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/15). REAX: In N.Y., George Vecsey: "Steinbrenner now has every right -- he would even say the responsibility -- to search for a safe home for his club and his fans" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/15). A N.Y. POST editorial says, "[I]t's now inarguable that the 75-year-old stadium must be replaced" (N.Y. POST, 4/15). A NEWSDAY editorial says a ballpark in Manhattan is "plainly the best" option and adds, "It's time to get on with this job" (NEWSDAY, 4/15). On L.I., Shaun Powell says a new park should be built, "Just make sure the taxpayers aren't stuck with the bill" (NEWSDAY, 4/15). THE FANS SPEAK: A poll by Quinnipiac College of 922 registered NYC voters taken from April 1-6, before the stadium incident, showed that among those surveyed, 81% want to keep the Yankees in the Bronx. Among Yankees fans, 91% support keeping the team in Yankee Stadium (Quinnipiac).