Vecsey continues...Meanwhile, New York has the $1.5 billion fortress of the Bronx, which I like to think of as Yankeeland, where the great tradition is enclosed behind forbidding walls, with great swaths of empty luxury seats embarrassing baseball if not the un-embarrassable Yankee management. And in Queens, there is the $800 million Mets stadium named for a failing bank subsidized by us, with sightlines that are enraging thousands of fans who expected more from their costly investment.
- The Mets' new Citi Field
The DeWitts have paid attention to the basics at Busch III: wide corridors, attractive food stands, lots of pleasant corners and plenty of the traditional red brick, once made by the Berras and the Garagiolas at the Laclede brickworks. There are plenty of income-producing advertisements, but Busch III somehow seems more tasteful than the new Mets and Yankees palaces, which have all the subtlety of a Nascar automobile.
- Yankee Stadium, c. 2009