Saying Goodbye to a Legend
The stadium took 29 months to build at a cost of about $28.5 million dollars. it was built to hold up to 55,601 people. There is one interesting thing about Shea Stadium and that is the right-center scroreboard is the largest one in the majors. It is 175 feet long and 86 feet high. You can't miss it when at the game. It has a Bulova clock on the top. The stadium was not originally named Shea. it was called Flushing Meadow Park for a while, but the name was changed to Shea Stadium to honor William Shea, who was very intrumental in bringing National League baseball back to NY.
Another interesting fact is that Shea Stadium was the only park that could convert from a baseball field to a football field.
Unfortunately, the stadium is no more. It was demolished. It took the city from October 14, 2008 till February 18, 2009 to demolish the stadium.