Yankees decide to cancel plan for last stadium festivities

Updated: October 8, 2008, 12:22 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Plans for a closing ceremony at Yankee Stadium have been scrapped.

The team had discussed organizing an event on the weekend of Nov. 8-9 that would have included remembrances of many of the non-baseball events at the 85-year-old ballpark, such as football and boxing.

"The Yankees were considering having a charitable event at Yankee Stadium for BAT [Baseball Assistance Team], however, the Yankees realized that the final event at Yankee Stadium should be a baseball game, which in fact took place on Sept. 21," spokesman Howard Rubenstein said Wednesday. "Accordingly, rather than having a fundraiser, the Yankees will be donating $500,000 to BAT."

Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen were among the artists the Yankees had reportedly sought for the event.

New York is scheduled to move into a $1.3 billion new Yankee Stadium. The first home game at the new ballpark is April 16 against Cleveland.

The decision to call off the ceremony was first reported by amNew York.

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