Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees, is a baseball stadium located in New York City, New York. Yankee Stadium was completed in 1923, and has a capacity of 57,545. At one time, it was also the home of the New York Giants football team. It is also known as "The House That Ruth Built" after one of the Yankees' most famous players, George Herman "Babe" Ruth.
The stadium has hosted the 1939 All-Star Game, one of the two All-Star Games played in 1960, the 1977 All-Star Game, and the 2008 All-Star Game. Due to the success of the New York Yankees, Yankee Stadium has hosted more post-season games than any other stadium, including 37 World Series. Two of the most famous games played at Yankee Stadium include Game 5 of the 1956 World Series, in which the New York Yankees Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, and the next Yankees no-hitter thrown by Dave Righetti against the Boston Red Sox on July 4, 1983.
In addition to baseball and football, the stadium has been host to numerous boxing championships, including the 1938 rematch between America's Joe Louis and Germany's Max Schmeling, with Louis winning by KO in the first round. The Notre Dame-Army college football series took place at Yankees Stadium from 1925-1947. The stadium has also been used for religious gatherings, the most well-known being the masses celebrated by Francis Cardinal Spelling in 1957, Pope Paul VI in 1965, Pope John Paul II in 1979, and Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.
In 2006, the New York Yankees began construction of a new ballpark, which will open in 2009. At that time, the old stadium will be torn down.