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New York’s new Yankee Stadium

Flags fly at half staff over New York’s Yankee Stadium on Aug. 17, 1948, in honor of the player who put it on the map — Babe Ruth, who had died the previous day. The House That Ruth Built is now in its last year of play, with a new ballpark set to open across the street. Tours of the old park are being offered to the public through at least Sept. 19. Advance tickets are required: Go to yankees.com. The tours are offered seven days a week, but note there are many exceptions. (L.A. Library)
A bird’s-eye view on Oct. 1, 1941, sets the stage for the World Series opener in which the Yankees defeated the Dodgers, 3-2. The Yankees went on to take the series 4 games to 1. The stadium, which opened in 1923, is home to 26 World Series trophies. But its life extends beyond baseball: Yankee Stadium has been host to a mass celebrated by Pope Paul VI during the first papal visit to North America in 1965, fights by Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali, rock concerts and an address by Nelson Mandela. (L.A. Library)
An artist’s rendering of the business end of the new Yankee Stadium shows the playing field from above and behind home plate. The project, designed by HOK Sport, the firm behind San Francisco’s AT&T Park and others, comes with a $1.3-billion price tag. (New York Yankees / Associated Press)
The new Yankee Stadium — shown in an artist’s rendering — rises on its site across from the current field. (New York Yankees / Associated Press)
A rendering of the new Yankee Stadium reveals an architectural ode to the old. The vertical-arched entryway evokes the entrance to the 1923 arena that called itself home to Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, among many other big-name players. (New York Yankees / Associated Press)
The colonnade and arches that circle the exterior, shown in an artist’s rendering, will lend a Roman air to the experience in the new stadium. (New York Yankees)
History won’t be overlooked in the new Yankee Stadium, shown in an artist’s rendering. A museum will showcase trophies, uniforms, photographs and other memorabilia that track the team’s storied past. (Associated Press)
A model of the new Yankee Stadium, set to debut with the 2009 season, is displayed in early 2008 in Bronx, N.Y. (Frank Franklin II / Associated Press)