New York's Lavish New Stadiums Spark Outrage Among Baseball Fans

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of the most expensive stadiums in American history will open this
week, in a lavish £1.7 billion facelift for the Yankees and
the Mets, New York’s two major league teams.

Planned in
more affluent times, the replacement of the landmark Shea and old
Yankee stadiums with buildings designed to pamper corporate customers
has angered fans and non-fans alike.

The projects
received hundreds of millions of dollars of public money, as well
as lucrative sponsorship deals with banks now being bailed out by

But ordinary
fans must now compete for fewer cheap seats, while many question
who will patronise both stadiums’ luxury restaurants and who will
buy their front row tickets costing £1,800 per game.

At the new
£1 billion Yankee stadium, which opens in the Bronx on Friday,
the players’ locker room covers 30,000 square feet and TV screens
are built into the mirrors found in the mens’ toilets.

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31, 2009

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