Citi Field

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Citi Field Flushing Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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Cheaper and more intimate experience in the Big Apple Jul 26, 2016
Opened in 2009 in the Flushing area of Queens, Citi Field was built across the site of the Mets previous stadium, Shea Stadium, which it replaced. The subway stop remains the same, which is called Mets-Willets Point. You can see the tennis stadium where the US Open is held.

Before entering the stadium, there are some features to check out, which pays homages to Shea Stadium, where the Mets played from 1964 to 2008. There is the Home Run Apple in front of the main entrance. And in the parking lot, there are plaques that marked the spots of the bases and pitcher’s mound.

Around the stadium in the main entrance area, is the Citi Field Fanwalk, which is a series of tiles, that marked moments in Mets history, like the walkoff grand slam in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS and other moments of the 1986 postseason, when the Mets would end up winning the World Series that year. As you walk around the stadium, baseball history buffs may notice that the exterior does resemble Ebbets Field, which was the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Speaking of main entrance, this is the corner of the ballpark, closest to the subway stop. And the one to enter through, as it leads to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda and the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum. There is a separate review for the museum. The Rotunda pays tribute to Jackie Robinson, who was the first black to play in Major League Baseball, and broke the color barrier in 1947 for the Brooklyn Dodgers. There are different values that Robinson had, like courage and determination, and how he had all of them. Really nice to see.

While the Mets may not have quite the history of the other New York team (whose name will NOT be mentioned in this review), Citi Field is a cheaper alternative and a more down-to-earth experience to watch a baseball game. This ballpark has its own Home Run Apple, which comes out after every Mets home run or win! Speaking of home runs, don’t expect to see much of them, if at all, as this one is more of a pitchers’ ballpark. And a mascot race of cars, which just seemed out of place.

With its respect to its own history, a tribute to the man who broke the racial barrier in the sport, and a more intimate experience, Citi Field does come out as a winner in my book when it comes to New York stadiums. If you had time to see a game at only one stadium in New York, definitely pick this one.
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plaque for 3rd base of Shea Stadium
plaque for 2nd base of Shea Stadium
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mrgishi mrgishi
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New Mets stadium much better than Shea Sep 20, 2009
A friend of mine is a ballpark collector, so we had to make to the new Mets stadium before their first season in it was over. While Citi Field was only my 15th ballpark, it was his 40th! Since the Mets were out of the playoff race, it was Sunday competing against NFL games, and they were playing the lowly Nationals, we were able to get tickets for over half off from StubHub. So our tickets were really good, right behind the visitors’ dugout. It was a beautiful 75 degree day full of sunshine. However in September, even a 1 PM game was in the shade after the 3rd inning on the 3rd base side. If you are looking for sun, go on the 1st base/right field side.

Citi Field is smaller are more interesting than Shea. It has a similar feel to the Phillies' and Nationals' newer stadiums. The foul territory around the plate is very small, so seats in the infield are close to the action. Jets still scream overhead at a rate of 5 to 10 an inning just like they used to at Shea.

Our tickets were $175 face value. I don't know why anyone would pay that for a regular season game. We got them on StubHub for $70 each. My Italian sausage hot dog was $7.25!
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