Ballparks

Critic Sizes Up New Yankees Park

New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff took himself out to the ballgame to review the twin New York baseball palaces just erected. What’d he think? The new Yankee Stadium is a “stoic, self-conscious monument to history,” with wider concourses (they couldn’t have been much narrower), seats closer to the field, and a hand-operated scoreboard. Citi Field, home of the Mets, is warmer but hokier—saved, Ouroussoff writes, by its interaction with the working-class Queens environment. (Relief pitchers can see an auto body shop from the visitors’ bullpen.) If you want to see the places for yourself, a few thousand dollars should do the trick.