SBJ/July 13-19, 1998/This Week's News

Yanks owner: 3 million is the magic number

The New York Yankees may not be going anywhere after all.

After years of complaining about his Bronx home, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner told a newspaper interviewer last week that he would consider keeping the team in its present location if attendance reaches 3 million this year.

In the past, Steinbrenner has complained repeatedly about the low attendance at Yankee Stadium and has threatened to move the team to New Jersey if the city does not build him a new stadium.

This year, though, as the team has set a historic victory pace, the Yankees have averaged nearly 35,000 fans a game. An average of nearly 39,000 fans a game for the remaining home schedule would be necessary to hit the 3 million mark, which would be a Yankee record.

Nonetheless, despite the Boss’s apparent softening, he was still quick to point out in a New York Times interview that even at 3 million, the Yankees would still trail league rivals Baltimore and Cleveland. And if the team crossed that attendance threshold, he would be willing only to talk about the issue of staying in the Bronx.

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