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Yankee Stadium is a stadium located in the The Bronx, a borough of New York City, New York, United States. It serves as the home ballpark for the New York Yankees, replacing the previous Yankee Stadium, built in 1923. The new ballpark was constructed across the street, north-northeast of the 1923 Yankee Stadium, on the former site of Macombs Dam Park. The first game at the new Yankee Stadium was a preseason exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs played on April 3, 2009, which the Yankees won 7–4. The first regular season game was played on April 16, 2009, a 10–2 Yankees loss to the Cleveland Indians. Much of the stadium incorporates design elements from the previous Yankee Stadium, paying homage to the Yankees' history. Although stadium construction began in August 2006, the project of building a new stadium for the Yankees is one that spanned many years and faced many controversies. During construction of the stadium, a construction worker and avid Boston Red Sox fan, buried a replica jersey of Red Sox player David Ortiz underneath the visitors' dugout with the objective of placing a "hex" on the Yankees, much like the "Curse of the Bambino" that had plagued the Red Sox long after trading Ruth to the Yankees. After the worker was exposed by co-workers, he was forced to help exhume the jersey. The projected total cost of the stadium is $1.5 billion, making it the second most expensive stadium in the world. Yankee Stadium has quickly acquired a reputation as a "bandbox" and a "launching pad" due to the high number of home runs hit at the new ballpark. Through its first 23 games, 87 home runs have been hit at the venue, easily besting Enron Field's (now called Minute Maid Park) previous record set in 2000. Yankee Stadium is also on pace to threaten Coors Field's 1999 single-season record of 303 home runs allowed, and the hometown New York Daily News newspaper has taken to publishing a daily graphic comparing each stadium's home run totals through a similar number of games. [READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE]
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