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11/17/2008 4:44 PM ET
Yankees to play first-ever exhibition games at New Yankee Stadium on April 3 and 4 against the Chicago Cubs
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The New York Yankees announced today they will play the first-ever exhibition games at the new Yankee Stadium against the Chicago Cubs on Friday, April 3 at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday, April 4 at 1:05 p.m.

The Yankees will welcome the Cubs to the Bronx for the first time since playing a three-game Interleague series in 2005. The two teams also met in the 1932 and 1938 World Series, with the Yankees sweeping both Fall Classics. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the Yankees' first preseason exhibition game played in the Bronx since a two-game, split-stadium series against the Mets in 1993.

"The Yankees organization is excited and honored to host the Chicago Cubs in two exhibition games to be played at the new Yankee Stadium," said Yankees co-Chairperson Hal Steinbrenner. "As we welcome our fans into the ballpark for the first time, it is fitting to showcase two of Baseball's greatest and most historic franchises."

"We are thrilled to have such a great organization in the Chicago Cubs agree to play the first-ever exhibition games as we unveil Yankee Stadium," said Yankees President Randy Levine. "It will be a symbolic event for the fans of two iconic teams while we celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in this proud franchise's history."

This two-game exhibition will also mark the return of 2008 National League Manager-of-the-Year Lou Piniella, who patrolled the outfield of Yankee Stadium for 11 seasons, was a member of two World Series Championship teams (1977, '78) and served as the Yankees' manager from 1986-88.

"The Cubs are thrilled to be the Yankees' first opponent in the new Yankee Stadium and are honored to take part in this historic event," said Crane Kenney, Chairman of the Cubs. "Lou Piniella and eight of our players had the honor to partake in All-Star Game festivities that helped say farewell to Yankee Stadium last summer, and we look forward to participating in the opening of the Yankees' new ballpark next spring."

The Yankees will play their first regular season home game in the new Yankee Stadium on Thursday, April 16, 2009, vs. the Cleveland Indians.

The newly-constructed Stadium is located on the north side of 161st Street (between River and Jerome Avenues), directly across the street from the current Stadium. With a capacity for 52,325 fans, Yankee Stadium has improved sight lines, wider concourses, significantly improved and varied food options and state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities. All of the new Stadium's thoroughly modern amenities exist within the framework of the classic architectural elements of the original Stadium, most notably the instantly recognizable frieze that again circles the grandstand.

Ticket information for the Yankees' two exhibition games vs. the Chicago Cubs will be released at a later date.
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