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12/23/08 11:30 AM EST

Yanks offer 1923 prices for exhibitions

Bleacher seats 25 cents; grandstand $1.10 for games vs. Cubs

NEW YORK -- The exterior of the new Yankee Stadium rising across 161st Street was designed to incorporate many of the aspects that made the original 1923 version so distinctive, showcasing the tall vaulted arches and the Gate 4 home-plate entrance.

For its first two games, visitors walking into the new Yankee Stadium will also be invited to pay homage to the building's predecessor in another special way -- attending a ballgame by trading a few coins for a ticket.

The Yankees announced Tuesday plans to roll back ticket prices to 1923 in a "Turn Back the Clock" promotion. Fans will be able to attend the April 3 and 4 exhibitions against the Chicago Cubs at the same prices it would have cost to be present for the Stadium's first game.

Full-season ticket licensees will receive complimentary tickets for the first exhibition games. Partial-plan holders will receive the first opportunity to purchase tickets thereafter, via a pre-sale (restrictions apply).

"To express our gratitude toward our full-season ticket licensees, we are offering tickets for these two exhibition games at no cost to them," said Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost.

"The balance of tickets will be sold first to our partial-plan holders, then to the general public, at vastly reduced rates compared to the regular season. Using such a pricing model for these games allows us to thank our fans for their continued loyalty and introduce them to baseball's new grand cathedral."

For the inaugural exhibition contests, Bleacher tickets will be priced at 25 cents, and Grandstand tickets will be priced at $1.10 -- the same prices they were when Babe Ruth christened the new building on April 18, 1923, slugging a third-inning home run off Boston's Howard Ehmke.

The Yankees said tickets on the Terrace Level will cost between $20 and $35, tickets on the Main Level will be between $20 and $45, and tickets on the Field Level will range from $45 to $50.

Individual-game ticket prices will not exceed $50 for either game, the club said. Remaining tickets, subject to availability, will go on sale to the general public at a date to be determined in the future.

Check yankees.com for further details and purchase instructions.

The new Yankee Stadium will be the fourth permanent home of the New York Yankees, following Hilltop Park (1903-12), the Polo Grounds (1913-22) and the current Yankee Stadium (1923-present). The Yankees also played two full seasons at Shea Stadium (1974-75) when the original Stadium underwent remodeling.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.