TORONTO -- George M. Steinbrenner is planning to be in the building when the Yankees take the field for the first postseason games at the new Yankee Stadium next month.

Steinbrenner told The Associated Press on Thursday in Tampa, Fla. that he would travel to New York, should the Yankees hold on to their sizable lead in the American League East and qualify for postseason play.

The Yankees entered Thursday leading the second-place Red Sox by 7 1/2 games in the division. Steinbrenner spent three hours in his office at the team's Spring Training complex Thursday, and when asked about the Yankees' play, he told the AP: "Let's keep it going."

Steinbrenner attended the April 16 home opener against the Indians and also watched a July 29 Yankees victory at Tropicana Field, meeting with Yankees manager Joe Girardi, team captain Derek Jeter and other players before New York dispatched the Rays, 6-2.

The 79-year-old principal owner has attended few home games in the Bronx since turning over the day-to-day operations of the Yankees to his sons, Hal and Hank Steinbrenner, two years ago.