A ballpark is made of steel, bricks and concrete. But it's also made of the memories of millions of people. That's why the demolition of a ballpark always seems especially poignant.
Shea Stadium stood in Flushing, New York for over 44 years. It hosted four World Series, a Papal Mass and a boy band from Liverpool. More than 50 million people passed through its doors to see the New York Mets, New York Jets, and New York Yankees play their home games.
Shea saw its last ballgame in October, 2008. It took about four months to tear it down, piece by piece. I made this video from images made by many photographers, some of them posted here on Flickr. A lot of them had a stark beauty, I felt.
Eli: Here is the Photo Montage, with a hat tip to Mets Police for the find.