One other new revelation from the EDC: The House That Ruth Built is scheduled for demolition in the spring and summer of 2009—in full view of fans filing past en route to the new digs. This promises the kind of drawn-out scene that faced Chicago in 1991, where White Sox fans could watch Comiskey Park's death throes unfolding across the street. (The morbidly curious can visit ballparks.phanfare.com for a slideshow of the carnage in action.)

Amazin' savings: Citi Field, set to open in 2009, will cost $850 million—about half of it covered by taxpayers.
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Amazin' savings: Citi Field, set to open in 2009, will cost $850 million—about half of it covered by taxpayers.
Blue monster: A new Yankee Stadium rises across the street from the old, in what used to be Macombs Dam Park.
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Blue monster: A new Yankee Stadium rises across the street from the old, in what used to be Macombs Dam Park.

"It took quite a while to knock Comiskey down," recalls John Aranza, a lifelong Sox fan who sneaked into the old ballpark "maybe a dozen times" during demolition. "I couldn't believe it when that wrecking ball hit. You realize that nothing's sacred. It'll hurt—I'm telling you, it'll hurt."

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