Coronavirus: Yankee Stadium parking lot venue for July drive-in festival

Coronavirus: Yankee Stadium parking lot venue for July drive-in festival
With baseball in limbo, weekends starting in July will be devoted to concerts and drive-in movies outside Yankee Stadium. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — The grounds in and around Yankee Stadium have been the site of World Series games, NFL championship title games, boxing matches and masses said by the pope.

A drive-in movie and concert experience? Well, that’s a new one for the House That Ruth Built.

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With the status of the 2020 major league baseball season still in limbo, a concert in the South Bronx sounds like a good way to attract people to the area.

Beginning on the weekends in July, the Uptown Drive-In will be held near the stadium, Time Out New York reported. The festival-like event will host drive-in movies, live music from local artists and dinner service to cars from street vendors, the website reported.

The festival is being organized by MASC Hospitality Group, a company that has also hosted the Bronx Night Market and the Bronx Beer Festival, according to the Uptown website.

“We have created a social distancing playground to serve as the first step to normalization,” the website said.

People who score tickets for the festival -- as with any event at Yankee Stadium, tickets are at a premium -- will also have the chance to compete in on-site live interactive games, raffles and giveaways.

Prices are still being worked out for the event, but MASC Hospitality Group’s Marco Shalma said they would be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Shalma said his group had been planning the event since March.

“Since we were planning on having the Bronx Night Market, the Bronx Beer Festival and Uptown Epicure Festival running this summer, which was supposed to start in May, we already had a lot of great options available," MASC Hospitality Group’s Marco Shalma told Time Out New York. "Everyone is so excited about the possibility of connecting sooner (at this new experience) than initially planned.”