Ferry Point Park Stadium Posed for New York Yankees

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NEW YORK - Fernando Ferrer, the Bronx Borough President, proposed Wednesday that the city and state build a new stadium for the New York Yankees at Ferry Point Park, a 414-acre site at the north end of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge.

``We need to build the Yankees a state-of-the-art, first-class baseball stadium in the Bronx,'' said Ferrer. ``I think Ferry Point Park is an outstanding location because of its proximity to the bridge and major traffic arteries.''

Ferrer's proposal focuses attention on concerns that the Yankees might follow other professional sports teams to New Jersey.

The Yankees' lease on the city-owned ``House that Ruth Built'' expires in 12 years, An agreement in principle that would have kept the team in Yankee Stadium until the year 2032 was signed more than two years ago, but was never made final.

On Tuesday night, during a radio broadcast, Mayor David N. Dinkins said he hoped to meet soon with the Yankees owner, George M. Steinbrenner 3d.

Dinkins said he intended ``to make it plain to him that we will do all that we are able to accommodate his concerns because we need our Yankees.''

Steinbrenner said Wednesday night that he had spoken to Dinkins and that they would meet Friday. Asked about the impasse over the agreement signed in October 1987, Steinbrenner said the Yankees and former Mayor Edward I. Koch had encountered two obstacles. …