Yankees study 'theme park' plan

January 25, 1995|By New York Times News Service

NEW YORK -- New York City, in its latest proposal, has offered to create what one official called a "theme park" atmosphere at Yankee Stadium with stores and restaurants around the complex and with new roads leading to new parking garages at the ballpark, officials familiar with the plan said yesterday.

The proposal was presented Monday by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to George Steinbrenner, the team's principal owner, who had objected to an earlier plan because he said it failed to address traffic and parking problems that burden the stadium.

Cost estimates are as high as $600 million. That figure is more than twice the $250 million talked about less than a year ago as the cost of overhauling the stadium and neighborhood.

According to officials who attended a meeting Monday, Steinbrenner indicated that the proposal was more to his liking.

The plan was redrawn to meet the Yankees' desire to have a stadium along the lines of Camden Yards, a distinctive and self-contained entertainment park that is easy for fans to reach and has minimal intrusions from the outside world.

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