The Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium are nominating the former home of the New York Black Yankees for placement on the list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.The Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium are nominating the former home of the New York Black Yankees for placement on the list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
If selected for placement on the list by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Hinchliffe Stadium won’t receive any funding or special consideration. But organizers say the designation will spotlight the dire condition of the 10,000-seat facility, as well as raise awareness of the need for a development plan/
The Paterson (N.J.) stadium, which has also hosted high-school football and boxing matches, is now owned by the local school district. In 2005 voters approved a $10 million renovation plan, but city officials have not issued the bonds or come up with any sort of renovation plan. A big problem: though almost everyone wants to see the landmark fixed up, there’s no consensus on what function the stadium should serve past hosting high-school football games, as plans for a sports academy and museum have fallen through.