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    The Way Yankee Stadium Used to Be

    A lot of debate about the old vs new Yankee Stadium and who likes what better and all that.

    I'm the first to admit the new place has its advantages. It's much more comfortable, the food is better, there is more to do (which is good for some).

    But overall, it's not even close to the same experience for me anyway. The seats are further away and higher, the crowd is generally nowhere near as involved in the game....I won't go on because we've all heard it all before.

    realizing tv clips off of youtube can be misleading, but look at this from Game One of the 1981 World Series. I went to an earlier playoff game that year as a ten year old and I remember my ears ringing and the atmosphere being like a heavyweight championship fight (nt that I had ever been to one of those...) It was deafening all night and seemed so important...with only some organ music and an old time grainy replay board in centerfield.

    Starting at the 6:21 mark of this thing when the Yankees are introduced....I know I was just a kid and my perception was different and memory changes, but this is EXACTLY how I remember it. People standing and screaming for three hours....electric and fun. I miss it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQXA_aQRQps

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    They showed the Yankees Classic of 1996 WS game 6 yesterday on YES and let me tell you, just seeing the old place all spiffed up and the unbelievable energy in the building got me real nostalgic for the old place. There is no denying that the new place has comforts and amenities over the old place, but the vibe, energy, and experience that was flowing through the old place is completely non-existent now. The closest I've ever seen it was having the privilege of being at 2009 WS game 6 clincher and while that was an awesome atmosphere it still did not measure up to the energy of the old place. Unfortunately the way the Stadium used to be is exactly just that, the way it used to be, and it's not coming back. For those of us lucky enough to have been there for the "moments" you see on Yankees Classics now, hang on to those memories...
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    Quote Originally Posted by StingrayJG View Post
    They showed the Yankees Classic of 1996 WS game 6 yesterday on YES and let me tell you, just seeing the old place all spiffed up and the unbelievable energy in the building got me real nostalgic for the old place. There is no denying that the new place has comforts and amenities over the old place, but the vibe, energy, and experience that was flowing through the old place is completely non-existent now. The closest I've ever seen it was having the privilege of being at 2009 WS game 6 clincher and while that was an awesome atmosphere it still did not measure up to the energy of the old place. Unfortunately the way the Stadium used to be is exactly just that, the way it used to be, and it's not coming back. For those of us lucky enough to have been there for the "moments" you see on Yankees Classics now, hang on to those memories...
    Yeah...as mentioned I was at a playoff game in 1981 and then at Game 1 of the 96 World Series. I remember O'Neill coming out to run sprints before the game and he was kind of the first guy on the field (not for bp and stuff). I was sitting in right field and I remember the place lighting up with flashbulbs and people rising to their feet. Truly it was goosebumps time...

    I've been lucky...game 2 of the 2000 world series (though that was in fairness quiet as the entire city was hung over emotionally from the night before...it took clemens to wake us up by throwing a bat at Piazza...). Game five which was the clincher of 2001 ALCS against Seattle, Games 4 and 5 of the 01 World Series (I swear I was one of the first to chant O'Neill farewell that night, and broke my glasses when brosius homered), and, finally, the Aaron Boone game in '03, and game 1 of the 03 WS against the marlins.

    2001 was a really special postseason, even though they lost....very cathartic for everybody...they blew the Mariners out that night but it was emotional and loud.

    Some of it is circumstantial, but the new place I don't see ever rivaling all that.

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    Re: The Way Yankee Stadium Used to Be

    Not a game goes by where I don't miss the old house..


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    Top of the ninth, Game 5, 2001 ALCS. Yankees on the verge of finishing off Seattle. I can't remember a louder environment than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YankeeFan1421 View Post
    A lot of debate about the old vs new Yankee Stadium and who likes what better and all that.

    I'm the first to admit the new place has its advantages. It's much more comfortable, the food is better, there is more to do (which is good for some).

    But overall, it's not even close to the same experience for me anyway. The seats are further away and higher, the crowd is generally nowhere near as involved in the game....I won't go on because we've all heard it all before.

    realizing tv clips off of youtube can be misleading, but look at this from Game One of the 1981 World Series. I went to an earlier playoff game that year as a ten year old and I remember my ears ringing and the atmosphere being like a heavyweight championship fight (nt that I had ever been to one of those...) It was deafening all night and seemed so important...with only some organ music and an old time grainy replay board in centerfield.

    Starting at the 6:21 mark of this thing when the Yankees are introduced....I know I was just a kid and my perception was different and memory changes, but this is EXACTLY how I remember it. People standing and screaming for three hours....electric and fun. I miss it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQXA_aQRQps
    NICE! That's the first game I ever went to. Still have the ticket framed and signed by Ron Guidry

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    I could swear that the old stadium would shake when big things happened. Even if you were on the sidewalk up by the court house, you could still tell someone had hit a HR based on the vibrations on the ground.

    The current stadium atmosphere reminds me of the first games I remember going to in 1991 - 1993. The crowd was moderately lively but the number of empty seats kind of swallowed their enthusiasm. Still, people seemed to get more jazzed up by a Dion James RBI double in the 2nd inning than they do for a Curtis Granderson 2-run HR in the 8th inning.
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    NYS is more like an upscale shopping mall to me as opposed to a ballpark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Shows Muscle View Post
    Top of the ninth, Game 5, 2001 ALCS. Yankees on the verge of finishing off Seattle. I can't remember a louder environment than that.
    I was there. I remember the crowd was chanting "Sa-ya-na-ra, I-chi-ro!"

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    the old place certainly had more energy and stands were closer to the field.
    The new place is good for being open, you can go to the concessions and not miss things.
    It is more of a stub hub crowd (no more)
    Where as in the old stadium, I knew everyone there on a Sunday; now I know virtually noone but the woman security guard Zeytara in my section and Nicole the cute girl the next section over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by THEBOSS84 View Post
    I was there. I remember the crowd was chanting "Sa-ya-na-ra, I-chi-ro!"
    lmao...yep...I remember that so well. Also when Piniella came out to make a pitching change he got ROASTED...even though he's still beloved there.

    I didn't really know the Hoar-hay chant until that night either. For whatever reason I had never really sat in the upper left field deck until that night, but we were in the first ten rows or so of the deck on the end most towards center field. it was a different perspective and from maybe the fifth or sixth inning on the game wasn't at all in doubt...and yet the crowd's noise and energy kept growing with each half inning.

    Yankee Stadium was never actually the loudest during the World Series...it was the loudest mainly during the playoffs...different crowd. And that night was after 9/11 and it was incredible.

    As a baseball geek, I always took the crowd for granted and was more towards the game...but in retrospect, I miss it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark19 View Post
    I could swear that the old stadium would shake when big things happened. Even if you were on the sidewalk up by the court house, you could still tell someone had hit a HR based on the vibrations on the ground.

    The current stadium atmosphere reminds me of the first games I remember going to in 1991 - 1993. The crowd was moderately lively but the number of empty seats kind of swallowed their enthusiasm. Still, people seemed to get more jazzed up by a Dion James RBI double in the 2nd inning than they do for a Curtis Granderson 2-run HR in the 8th inning.
    Actually disagree a bit about the 1991 to 1993 feel to the place. The crowds were small then...you could easily get $10 seats in the lodge in the infield for Red sox games...but the crowd was more hard core and knowledgeable. The Yankees weren't 'trendy' yet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by YankeeFan1421 View Post
    Actually disagree a bit about the 1991 to 1993 feel to the place. The crowds were small then...you could easily get $10 seats in the lodge in the infield for Red sox games...but the crowd was more hard core and knowledgeable. The Yankees weren't 'trendy' yet...
    I still think from a fans standpoint 1996 was the best season. You could buy a Field Box around the plate for $25. Upper Tier around $12. Since the Yankees had not won anything for a while you mostly had big crowds of the "Real" fans at the games. And of course the Yankees go "All The Way". Crowds for the DS, LCS and WS were unreal.

    But I have to admit Game 5 of the 2001 was unreal. Maybe the only time I heard a louder crowd was when Mattingly homered against Seattle in the 1995 DS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymike673 View Post
    I still think from a fans standpoint 1996 was the best season. You could buy a Field Box around the plate for $25. Upper Tier around $12. Since the Yankees had not won anything for a while you mostly had big crowds of the "Real" fans at the games. And of course the Yankees go "All The Way". Crowds for the DS, LCS and WS were unreal.

    But I have to admit Game 5 of the 2001 was unreal. Maybe the only time I heard a louder crowd was when Mattingly homered against Seattle in the 1995 DS!
    Yeah, agreed that game 5 2001 alcs was incredible. It does come down to where you're sitting sometimes too. I was in the bleacher creature section for the Aaron Boone game..... My only time sitting there....and it wasn't that loud out there.... I realized it never was because there was the wall behind us. We are you couldn't even really hear the pa out there. The streets after that game were a lot of fun... A bunch of us closed bills bar after that game.... I remember going home, and showering and going straight to work... Lol

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    Girardi's triple, World Series Game 6, 1996.
    When that ball hit the ground over Grissom's head, I peed myself because it was so loud.
    It was at that moment that 56,000+ fans in the stadium knew a world title was being brought home.
    Thinking of the moment still gives me chills.
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    I agree with most of the comments in this thread. The NYS doesn't cut it for me. I've been to many of the new stadiums and the NYS is by far the least fan friendly and its not close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YankeeFan1421 View Post
    Actually disagree a bit about the 1991 to 1993 feel to the place. The crowds were small then...you could easily get $10 seats in the lodge in the infield for Red sox games...but the crowd was more hard core and knowledgeable. The Yankees weren't 'trendy' yet...

    In the OYS, when they had a decent crowd of about 35,000 - 40,000, the seats closest to the field would be packed. The left field bleachers and wings in the upper deck were empty. With a similar crowd in the NYS its just the opposite, the bottom is empty and the upper deck and bleachers are packed.

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    Re: The Way Yankee Stadium Used to Be

    Quote Originally Posted by effdamets View Post
    Girardi's triple, World Series Game 6, 1996.
    When that ball hit the ground over Grissom's head, I peed myself because it was so loud.
    It was at that moment that 56,000+ fans in the stadium knew a world title was being brought home.
    Thinking of the moment still gives me chills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by effdamets View Post
    Girardi's triple, World Series Game 6, 1996.
    When that ball hit the ground over Grissom's head, I peed myself because it was so loud.
    It was at that moment that 56,000+ fans in the stadium knew a world title was being brought home.
    Thinking of the moment still gives me chills.
    Reading that gives me chills.
    I remember that night clearly - watching the game from a bar in midtown. One of the greatest nights of my life.
    Unfortunately, I was only lucky enough to have tickets for Game 2 of that series.

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    If you want 1996-level excitement, see what happens if the next time we win a World Series is 2027. We are a spoiled group and it is (partially) responsible for the lack of excitement at NYS, along with all the other things you guys have mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jax Teller View Post
    NYS is more like an upscale shopping mall to me as opposed to a ballpark.
    Or a Vegas theme hotel. New York Yankee Stadium Hotel & Casino. "Come watch Curtis Granderson strike out from your room."


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    Quote Originally Posted by JL25and3 View Post
    October 14, 1976. I've never seen anything like it, and never expect to.

    I was there. Section 1 in the Tier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Vanderlay View Post
    I was there. Section 1 in the Tier.
    I was in foul territory in right field, near the back of the mezzanine.
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    In old stadium, the baseball game was the main event and everyone had to watch in his/her seat.

    In new, the baseball game is background noise and much of the audience is watching the game on big screen TVs scattered around the stadium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL25and3 View Post
    October 14, 1976. I've never seen anything like it, and never expect to.
    Quote Originally Posted by Art Vanderlay View Post
    I was there. Section 1 in the Tier.
    So which one of you hoisted home plate before Chambliss could score?

    Quote Originally Posted by grizy View Post
    In old stadium, the baseball game was the main event and everyone had to watch in his/her seat.

    In new, the baseball game is background noise and much of the audience is watching the game on big screen TVs scattered around the stadium.
    I've noticed people glued mostly to damn cell phones

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