26 March 2010
While the big news of the day was the final section of the upper deck being torn down, the real action was happening elsewhere at the old Yankee Stadium deconstruction site. Demolition crews began to tear down Gate 2, one of the most historically significant sections of the renovated "old" Yankee Stadium, ensuring that future generations of Yankees fans will never have a piece of the old structure to remember.
We have mentioned the "Save Gate 2" movement a few times in this blog's history, but that movement appears to have been in vain. The leaders of this grassroots movements sent the following Facebook message this evening, admitting defeat:
Well everybody, I have some unfortunate news. Today, demolition began on Gate 2, and it is expected to be complete rather soon. I on behalf of the entire Gate 2 family want to thank all of you for supporting the cause, as your support brought this from a simple idea on paper to a legitimate possibility. Unfortunately, due to the ignorance of some of our politicians, the Gate will be no more. Please await further update from an official from the movement.
It was a valiant effort, but it appears that shortsighted politicians have once again ruled the day, guaranteeing that there will be no tangible memory of the ORIGINAL Yankee Stadium. As always, the great "DemolitionOfYankeeStadium" blog captured the scene:
Unlike most others, we've actually been happy to see the accelerated deconstruction of the old Yankee Stadium. As we've mentioned, the faster the stadium is gone, the faster the kids of the Bronx will have their parkland back. That being said, this is definitely a sad day. We can't fathom why city officials and politicians couldn't agree on a plan to save a part of the original Yankee Stadium.
One day in the not so distant future, when we're remembering the majestic structure with a token plaque, there will be remorse and regret. Until then, we have no choice but to sit back and helplessly watch the carnage, knowing that a huge mistake is being made.
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