New York's Baseball Stadiums

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Every ballpark has a story

The history of baseball stadiums in New York seems like a history of baseball itself. From Hilltop Park to the Polo Grounds to the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, New Yorkers have had great places to catch a game. A look back:

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Hilltop Park

Hilltop Park
Hilltop Park. Library of Congress

  • Opened: 1903
  • Closed: 1912
  • Location: Manhattan (Broadway between 165th and 168th streets)
  • Teams that played there: New York Highlanders/Yankees (1903-1912), New York Giants (1911)
  • Field dimensions: 365 feet to left, 378 left-center, 420 center, 424 right-center, 385 right
  • Cost to build: $200,000
  • Capacity: 16,000 (10,000 standing)

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Polo Grounds

Polo Grounds
A game from the 1913 World Series. Library of Congress

  • Opened: 1891
  • Renovated: 1911, 1923
  • Closed: 1963
  • Location: West 155th Street and Eighth Avenue
  • Teams that played there: New York Giants (1891-1957), New York Yankees (1913-1922), New York Mets (1962-63)
  • Field dimensions: 279 feet to left field, 450 left-center, 483 center, 449 right-center, 258 right
  • Cost to build: $300,000
  • Capacity: 34,000 (1911-22), 55,000 (after 1923)

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Ebbets Field

Ebbets Field
Image from the first game at Ebbets Field in 1913. Library of Congress

  • Opened: 1913
  • Closed: 1960
  • Location: 55 Sullivan Place, Brooklyn
  • Teams that played there: Brooklyn Dodgers (1913-1958)
  • Field dimensions: 348 feet to left field, 351 to left-center, 393 to deep left-center, 376 to deep right center bleachers, 395 to deep right-center notch, 344 to right-center scoreboard, 297 to right-field pole
  • Cost to build: $750,000
  • Capacity: 25,000 (1913), 32,000 (1932)

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Original Yankee Stadium

The original Yankee Stadium
The original Yankee Stadium, under construction. Library of Congress

  • Opened: 1923
  • Closed for renovation: 1973
  • Location: East 161st Street and River Avenue, Bronx
  • Teams that played there: New York Yankees (1923-73)
  • Field dimensions (1923): 285 feet to left field, 395 to left-center, 460 to deep left-center, 490 to center, 425 to deep right-center, 350 to right-center, 295 to right
  • Field dimensions (1937): 301 feet to left field, 402 to left-center, 457 to deep left-center, 461 to center, 407 to deep right-center, 367 to right-center, 295 to right
  • Cost to build: $2.4 million
  • Capacity: 58,000 originally, expanded to 67,000

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Shea Stadium

Shea Stadium
Views from the upper deck of Shea Stadium during the last game played there in September 2008. Nick Laham/Getty Images

  • Opened: 1964
  • Closed: 2008
  • Location: 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing
  • Teams that played there: New York Mets (1964-2008)
  • Field dimensions: 338 feet to left, 371 to left-center, 396 to deep left-center, 410 to center, 396 to deep right-center, 371 to right-center, 338 to right
  • Cost to build: $28.5 million
  • Capacity: 57,333

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Renovated Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium 2008 finale
Yankee Stadium as seen during the last regular-season game on Sept. 21, 2008. Al Bello/Getty Images

  • Opened: 1976
  • Closed: 2008
  • Location: East 161st Street and River Avenue, Bronx
  • Teams that played there: New York Yankees (1976-2008)
  • Field dimensions (1976): 312 feet to left, 430 to left-center, 417 to center, 385 to right-center, 310 to right
  • Field dimensions (1988): 318 feet to left, 399 to left-center, 408 to center, 385 to right-center, 314 to right
  • Cost to renovate: $167 million
  • Capacity: 54,028 (1976), 56,936 (2008)

 

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Citi Field

Citi Field
The Mets play an exhibition game against the Red Sox on April 4, 2009. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

  • Opened: 2009
  • Location: 126th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing
  • Teams that played there: Mets (2009-)
  • Field dimensions: 335 feet to left, 364 to left-center, 384 to deep left-center, 408 to center, 415 to deep right-center, 378 to right-center, 330 to right
  • Cost to build: $900 million
  • Capacity: 42,000

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Yankee Stadium (2009)

Yankee Stadium 2009
A view of Yankee Stadium during an exhibition game on April 3, 2009. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

  • Opened: 2009
  • Location: East 161st Street and River Avenue, Bronx
  • Teams that played there: New York Yankees (2009-)
  • Field dimensions: 318 feet to left, 399 to left-center, 408 to center, 385 to right-center, 314 to right
  • Cost to build: $1.5 billion
  • Capacity: 52,325