— Days Without Shea —

For ages, ethicists have argued over when life actually begins for a stadium. For some, life starts at the groundbreaking ceremony. Others don't recognize the existence of a stadium until the official opening day. There are even those who argue life only commences once all the luxury boxes are full.

If you're like me, then you believe stadium life begins at legislation. Which makes today a special day in Shea history.

Forty-six years ago today, the New York State Assembly voted in favor of a bond issue allowing the building of a 55,000-seat municipal stadium in Flushing Meadows, near the site of the 1939-1940 World's Fair. This was the last step in assuring New York's new National League team would have its own home.

Four days later, the Yankees announced they would not let the Mets share Yankee Stadium while their new home was constructed, forcing the new team into the antiquated Polo Grounds.  Yet the Mets would lend the Spankees some space in the mid-70's, while their ballpark was modernized. Go figure.

 Happy birthday Shea!




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