Old Yankee Stadium opened in 1923. The original stadium was equipped to hold approximately 57,898 seats. Of these seats, the three grandstand levels consisted of 34,698 seats. The upper deck contained 10,712 seats, the mezzanine held 6,637 seats, and the lower grandstand held 17,349 seats When Old Yankee Stadium opened in 1923, all the seats were made of wood. To be specific, maple wood.
It was the Troy Foundry and Machine Company that furnished the metal pre-fab seat castings in 1923. To note, in 1928, it was The Eastern Malleable Iron Co. From Bridgeport, Connecticut that supplied the metal pre-fab castings. The documents below, provided by Yankees Historian Michael Hagan, verify this.
Each of these unique seats featured two upright arms and a back casting. There were also two metal seat support runners that attached into the upright casting. For cleaning purposes, these seats also tilted up in order for the floor underneath to be cleaned after each game. The seat supports swiveled into an upright position and stayed that way during the cleaning process and in between games. The wooden seat slats, which were made of maple, were milled on site.
This was to ensure accurate and consistent measurements. After the maple wood seat slats were milled, they were attached and screwed down with 10 brass screws to form the bottom of the seat. After the seat bottom was completed, three more maple boards were milled, and they were placed through each of the two upright openings in which the upright casting would connect one seat to another. The process not only connected the seats, but also connected them. The last step was to attached these three boards with a total of 12 screws per seat.The company that supplied the screws was the U. Hungerford Brass and Copper Company.
The company had locations throughout the United States, including New York. Their New York headquarters was located at 497-505 Pearl St, 37-43 Park Street in New York City.
At one point, they had other locations in Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and San Francisco. The seats from Old Yankee Stadium came in one version. This version was a floor mounted one. The vast majority of seats in the stadium in 1923 were the floor mounted ones.The flat feet would mount on the concrete floor. The seats that were mounted horizontally to the concrete flooring were "stepped" in the upper levels of the grandstand In 1946 saw the addition of the lights, the new Stadium Club, the installation of the dugouts, and the new clubhouse. 1946 also marked the stadium repaint to the pastel blue color. It was in 1946 that the Windsor wooden seats were "retired" and permanent seats were installed to take their place in all 3 decks. The presence of the green color that can be seen under the blue indicates this seat was part of the old Yankee Stadium prior to 1946. From its beginnings in 1923, to the minor renovations in 1928, 1937, and 1946 to the major renovation in 1974-75, until its closing in 2008, seats from old Yankee Stadium are quite cherished.
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