Following up on this morning's post about New Yankee Stadium, I did some searching and I found exactly one piece in Newsday critical of the cost of the place and the pricing out of the common fan, and that was a Wallace Matthews column from August 16, 2006 called "The House that Greed Will Build." It ran the day ground was broken on the place and slammed the project as wasteful of public dollars and insensitive to the interests of non-rich Yankees fans.
What I could not find, however, was a single critical article, editorial, or column between June of 2005 -- when the Yankees unveiled their plans for the joint -- and the first turning of dirt, when the horse was already out of the barn. I did, however, find many stories that, while purporting to simply pass along ballpark news, kind of read like press releases from the Steinbrenners, Mayor Bloomberg, and HOK. Which is fine, because by all accounts the new place is going to be quite nice, and reasonable people can disagree on the desirability of the project.
It just strikes me, however, that anyone who now wishes to decry the excesses of New Yankee Stadium like Newsday did this morning had better have been against the thing back when being against it could have meant something.