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After 85 years Yankee Stadium is finally closing tomorrow. Seems weird to type that, but nonetheless it should be an emotional game to watch and it would be an understatement to say that there will be plenty of pre-game ceremonies.

If you are planning on soaking up as much as Yankee Stadium as possible on the last day then you’re probably going to want to start at noon. Yes the game is scheduled to start at 8:15, but that hasn’t stopped ESPN Classic from beginning their programming at noon. At that time they will kick off 20 consecutive hours of old classic Yankee games starting with game five of the 1976 ALCS where Chris Chambliss hit a walk-off homer to send the Yankees to the world series.

At one o’clock you can switch over to ESPN as they begin their SportCenter specials which should help you fall asleep for that afternoon nap until inevitably one of the ESPN announcers begins to yell at you.

If you are going to the game one o’clock is also the time when they open the gates to the public. The Yankees remind you that there is no reentry so you’re going to have to keep busy by checking out monument park or walking around the warning track on the field until four.

At three ESPN will re-air it’s special, Yankee Stadium: Baseball’s Cathedral. It’s a pretty good documentary and it could be worth checking out.

At four ESPN goes back to their SportsCenter specials for a while and fans at the stadium will have to go back their seats as the Yankees and then the Orioles take the field for BP. Monument park will still be open.

At six Baseball Tonight will be aired on ESPN which will be good to watch until seven when you should switch over to ESPN2 where you can watch more Baseball Tonight, but this time they will cut away for live coverage of the pre-game ceremonies which should begin around the same time.

Via Yankees.com:

Pregame ceremonies, scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m., will encompass the chronology of Yankees greats who have played at the famous Stadium. Among the distinguished alumni scheduled to take part in the festivities will be Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Goose Gossage, Ron Guidry, Graig Nettles and Bobby Richardson. A historic artifact from the Yankees’ past will also be unveiled during the ceremony. The Yankees are urging fans to be in their seats by 6:50 p.m.

Then of course there should be a game starting around 8:15 although I could see it being a little later maybe 8:30 as undoubtedly there will be some crying ball players that they won’t want to cut off. Andy Pettitte is scheduled to pitch in the game which should be good. Thankfully they were smart enough to not pitch somebody like Carl Pavano which would have been a disaster.

The game will be shown on ESPN with a post game wrap up following the show. Although I haven’t confirmed this, I’d imagine that the YES Network will also be televising pre and post-game shows of their own. So you have an option of which announcers you want annoying you, Michael Kay or Joe Morgan and John Miller.

Then after everything is over you can switch back to ESPN Classic because their marathon should just be getting going or you could cry when you realize that you don’t have enough money to ever afford good seats at the new stadium. I’ll be doing the ladder.

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