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Citi Field

Flushing, NY

Home of the New York Mets

3.4

2.7

Citi Field (map it)
123-01 Roosevelt Avenue
Flushing, NY 11368


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Year Opened: 2009

Capacity: 41,800

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Baseball in the Citi

Citi Field has been the home of the New York Mets since 2009. It replaced Shea Stadium, but it still keeps some of the great features of Shea. The home run apple from Shea stadium is seen in front of the stadium. The outside of Citi Field is modeled after Ebbets Field.

Inside of Citi Field is the Jackie Robinson rotunda. Named after the 1st player to break MLB’s color barrier, it features a large #42 as soon as you walk into Citi Field. Part of Citi Field that has come under fire recently has been the dimensions. Known as a pitcher’s park, the walls have been moved in a few times since Citi Field opened. Most recently, the walls were moved in prior to the 2015 season.

The Mets are always competing with the Yankees for supremacy of New York City. The Mets did their best to outdo their foes from the Bronx with their new stadium. The Mets and Yankees have great battles in the press, on the field, and amongst fans. The tradition is not as storied as the Yankees, but the Mets do have 2 World Series titles to their credit.

3.4

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    5

The food at Citi Field is world class. They not only have all of your ballpark favorites, but they have culinary delights and treats for every taste. Citi Field has many great places to get your grub on. A few notable places include, Pat LaFrieda's Steak Sandwich. For $15 you get a filet mignon sandwich with caramelized onions and cheese. There are also Pat LaFrieda's Meatball Sandwiches. Another fan favorite is Box Frites. At this stand you can find specialty fries, and a variety of dipping sauces.

Other great choices include Pressed, which serves up gourmet grilled cheese, and Blue Smoke BBQ. The fan favorite though is Shake Shack. Shack burgers, hot dogs, and their famous shakes are all great options. Another option is El Verano Taqueria. Here fans can order tacos ($8.75), nachos ($9.75), and salads ($9.25). Citi Field serves Pepsi products at all of its locations. You can find many different choices of beer, as well as margaritas and cocktails.

Atmosphere    3

The Mets have had a dark cloud over the team for years and it hurt the atmosphere at the ballpark. That has changed recently, however. The atmosphere varies depending on who is on the mound for the Mets. You can bet that the days that Matt Harvey or Jacob deGrom are on the mound the atmosphere will be great. Whenever Matt Harvey is pitching, fans use the saying "Happy Harvey Day." Fans wear batman masks due to Matt Harvey's nickname of The Dark Knight. The atmosphere is charged up when Harvey is on the mound. Other days, the atmosphere is more subdued and calm.

Citi Field does a great job of making a family friendly atmosphere for people coming to the park. There are many promotions and kid friendly events and games. Mr. Met also adds to the atmosphere of the games. He goes around and gets people involved and excited about the game. As the team gets better, the atmosphere will inevitably get better as well.

There are many unique aspects to Citi Field that you won't see at any other park. From the moment you walk in the park, you see the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. Dedicated to the man to break baseball's color barrier, it showcases a giant number 42. This number is retired throughout all of baseball in honor of Robinson. Citi Field is also the only park in baseball to use orange foul poles instead of yellow. There is also the Shea bridge. Out in right center field, it is in honor of Bill Shea who helped bring National League baseball back to New York. Citi Field has the home run apple in center, which goes up every time a Mets player hits a homerun. Outside of Citi Field however, there is the home run apple from Shea Stadium. Another remnant of Shea Stadium is in the parking lot, where the locations of the bases from Shea are marked by plaques.

Neighborhood    2

The area around Citi Field is not the best. Adjacent to Citi Field, right behind the right field seats is Willets Point. This are is filled with junk car spots, as well as broken down buildings and homes. Avoid this area if at all possible. There are a few good restaurants in the area if you want to eat before the game. Since it is located in Queens, it is a short drive or train ride away from Manhattan and all of the things to do in the city. The area will be improving soon though. The Mets have purchased a large expanse of land adjacent to the stadium, and will be making it into a large shopping center as well as condos.

If there is a must see place in the area, it would be McFadden's. McFadden's prides itself on being a restaurant and bar for true Mets fans. If you go before or after a game, you can bet on seeing a lot of Mets fans. It is a great atmosphere to grab and drink before or after the game.

Fans    3

The fans at Citi Field are a unique bunch. There are plenty of die-hard Mets fans in the crowd. The fans get loud and are very knowledgeable. Though not as tortured as the Cubs, Mets fans have had to endure some very tough times in recent years. The fans still show their love of the game and the commitment to the team. Conspicuous by their absence are a good portion of Mets fans who refuse to go to the games until the owners sell the team. The fans are upset at the owners (the Wilpons), because of some of the poor decisions they have made. They want the team to spend more money in free agency and refuse to give any of their money to the Mets. At the opening series of the year, a billboard was clearly visible from the upper deck that was pleading for the owners to sell the team. Opposing fans will not receive much attention unless you are a Phillies or Braves fan.

The fans get active during the game. They get loud when a Mets pitcher has 2 strikes and is going for a strikeout. They do a fine job of being active and loud when the time comes. As far as traditions go, the fans have not really established any. New for the 2015 season is the 8th inning Billy Joel sing along. Fans sing along to "Piano Man."

Access    4

Citi Field is very easy to access, either by public transportation or by driving. The 7 train drops fans off directly in front of Citi Field. It is very cheap and easily accessible. A quick 25 minute ride on the 7 train will take you from Manhattan to right in front of Citi Field. If you want to drive, there is ample parking. Following Roosevelt Ave. will take you right to Citi Field. The good news is that Citi Field is far enough outside of downtown that it makes it easier to access. After the game, you can just hop back on the 7 train and head back to Manhattan. It is also close to LaGuardia airport if you want to go straight from the airport to the game.

Inside the stadium, Citi Field is easy to get around. Everything is very clearly marked, and the concourse is spacious. The bathrooms are very clean and have the radio broadcast of the game playing inside. So, if you need to miss any of the action to use the facilities, you won't miss a minute of the game. Citi Field has a spacious parking lot, and traffic does not get too congested when arriving at and leaving the park.

Return on Investment    3

The Mets use dynamic pricing like most MLB teams. Tickets can be had fairly inexpensively for games during the week. The best value tickets would be in the Pepsi Porch. There is a great view, and the seats can be had for a very reasonable price. The priciest tickets come against teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, and Nationals. The Mets also offer student rush tickets. Students can show their school ID and get a ticket in the promenade level for $10. There are also discount days for military members.

Citi Field tickets range in prices from around $500 to $10. The exclusive club seats are in the $400-$500 range. Tickets in the lower level are readily available for around $20-$40 dollars. Even if you wait until game day, you can get great tickets at an affordable price. Be warned that when Matt Harvey is pitching, crowds are generally larger, and you should plan to buy tickets ahead of time. Citi Field is very accessible by subway, and it costs only $2.75 for a one way ride.

Extras    4

The first star is awarded for some of the great promotions the Mets have. From free shirt Friday, to bobbleheads, to a Mets fedora, the Mets offer a wide array of promotional iteams.

A second star is given to the signature features of Citi Field. These include the home run apple, as well as the giant Pepsi sign in right field.

A third star is for the Seven line army. This great group of fans has their own memorabilia stand, and has done "invasions" of Yankee Stadium and Turner Field when the Mets were in town.

A final star is given to the Mets Hall of Fame. This area showcases some great Mets players and the history of the franchise. It is well worth a visit.

Final Thoughts

Although the Mets have been down for some years now, things are slowly rebounding. The team does have a beautiful ballpark. It has tremendous food, great amenities, and has a great showcase of the team's history and tradition. If you are in New York and want to go to a great ballpark, be sure to check out Citi Field.

As soon as it opened critical Mets fans were already ripping it! What?! Does anyone remember Shea?!

As soon as it opened critical Mets fans were already ripping it! What?! Does anyone remember Shea?! I'm a Mets fan and I loved Shea. It was a dump but it was my dump! Citi Field is a great place to see a game! Open concourses, great concessions and a beautiful park. Now we just have to get them to win. Only downfall is outside the stadium where they still have the Willets Point junk yards which are planned to be torned down, turned into retail and maybe even an arena for the Islanders so there's not much at all to do around the stadium other than the new addition of McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon to the outer portion of the park.

by LIVEfrom718 | Jun 25, 2010 06:03 AM

New Shea

I can't wait to make the trip to Citi Field. I was underwhelmed by Shea, and I still think that neighborhood around the ballpark is one of the most surreal in all of major sports, but looking at the pictures it seems like Citi Field is truly beautiul. 2012, I'll definitely make the journey...

by paul | Aug 02, 2011 12:08 PM

Good review, but...

I respectfully disagree about two things:

First, the neighborhood deserves a zero, not a three. There actually is no neighborhood unless you count highways and the auto body shops.

Also, the review says "there's really not a bad seat in the house." Not true -- there are thousands of bad seats in the house. Because the stands are so close to the field and foul territory is so small, you can't see down the lines if you are sitting in the outfield. My advice would be to sit in the infield.

http://www.bloggingmets.com/161/shea-and-citi-tales-of-2-fields/
http://www.bloggingmets.com/4706/citi-field-visit-2/

by BloggingMets | Aug 02, 2011 06:12 PM

Hall of Fame and Museum

When you visit Citi Field, I'd recommend visiting the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum located right in the ballpark in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. It contains lots of trophies and memorabilia of Mets history and is a nice stroll down memory lane for folks who grew up in the NY area. There is no additional charge to visit the museum.

by megminard | Jan 02, 2012 07:01 PM

Almost

Shea Stadium was not the only home for the Mets before Citi, they played at Polo Grounds for a few years before Shea opened.

by CigarBoy | Jun 10, 2013 03:50 PM

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Crowd Reviews

Home of the New York Mets

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 4

Though "Big Shea" served as the home of the New York Mets from 1964-2008, Citi Field is a state-of-the-art venue to take in a ballgame. Many die-hard Mets fans admit that they miss Shea Stadium, but the Mets finally got the new ballpark they deserved.

Citi Field opened in 2009, with fan-favorite David Wright recording the first hit and first home run in the ballpark.

The stadium has a very open feel, and there's really not a bad seat in the house. In fact, the highest seat at the new 45,000 capacity ballpark is lower than the front row of the upper deck at Shea.

Citi Field has many quirks, both baseball and fan-related, that add to the overall experience. Not too many experiences rival a plane from the adjacent LaGuardia airport soaring overhead as the Mets are in a rally (the latter of which is usually a rare occasion, and I'm a Mets fan).

Once the Mets can bring consistently winning baseball back to Queens, Citi Field will start to have the feel of old Shea Stadium.

But regardless of the team, this ballpark is a must visit for any baseball fan.

Welcome to Citi Field

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 0

The New York Mets moved to Citi Field this past March and it is a dramatic upgrade over Shea Stadium, which had been their home since 1964.

During Citi Field's construction, you could sit and watch the progress from your seats at Shea Stadium as Citi Field was built behind Shea Stadium.

It is quite ironic that David Wright was the first Met to hit a home run at Citi Field, as he also hit a ball out of Shea Stadium that landed in Citi Field while it was under construction.

Shea Stadium was demolished for parking for Citi Field last winter, but the most famous feature of Shea Stadium, the Home Run Apple, was brought to Citi Field for display, and a brand new home run apple is located over the center field wall.

When the Mets management was working on the design of Citi Field, they wanted it to resemble Ebbets Field where the Brooklyn Dodgers played before their move to Los Angeles. Fans enter into the stadium up the escalator through the Jackie Robinson Rotunda where there are gift shops and video tributes in auditoriums, along with pictures and quotes from Robinson.

A unique feature of Citi Field is the Fan Walk, which is located just outside the Rotunda where fans who have purchased and still can purchase bricks in memory of loved ones who were fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers and also fans of the Mets.

Many of the bricks contain fans names that the bricks were purchased in memory of loved ones, and also if fans were present at a significant game or event, that is stated as well, whether it be a clinching game or one of the many post season games.

My husband and myself were at Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS, where we saw Endy Chavez make a spectacular leaping grab and he threw the ball into 1st base to get the double play, and several mentions of "the catch of NLCS Game 7" appear on Fan Walk.

Citi Field of Dreams!

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

This place is great! Check out the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, stroll the concourses and drink! Citi Field is amazing, much like PNC in Pittsburgh. The Mets made it more Mets like prior to the 2010 season after many complaints from the Citi Field Faithful. More Mets colors and banners featuring former players now decorate the stadium.

Citi Field: A tribute to Ebbets

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

First impressions upon seeing Citi Field is that stunning exterior. It's best seen when fans exit the train or subway station and climb down the stairs to the ballpark. The V shaped exterior and Jackie Robinson Rotunda are certainly amazing and it blew me away...however, I can totally see how Mets fans would be justifiably irritated by the exact resemblance to Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. A ballpark that played host to a team with no ties to the Mets. I do applaud management though for listening to fans and critics as they made steps to improve the stadium with the addition of the Mets Hall of Fame and more player/team tributes inside and out.

The inside design is nice and I like how they built up the outfield so you don't have to see the eyesore junkyards just beyond the stadium. Though some more views of Flushing Bay would have been nice. Fans are much closer to the field than at Shea...but be prepared that there are several seats where overhangs obstruct your view. The Centerfield area is probably the most enjoyable section in terms of making the ballpark more "Mets-ish" with the Shea Bridge and the Shake Shack. The Shake Shack has the best burger that I've tasted so far at a ballpark. Also, beer fans: there are 28 different brews available at a few of the stands!

Awsome food and views

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Best food at a ballpark, only thing that is a negative is the street on the first base side behind ballpark.

Great parking, awsome atmosphere, A++

Amzaing (That they built it here)

Total Score: 3.14

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

What amazes me is that they chose to build the new field at the same location as Shea. That neighborhood is absolutely surreal, as you walk through the blocks of auto mechanics and other auto shops in the neighborhood...

A Royal Take on Citi Field from the Prince

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

My take on Citi Field is that I miss Shea Stadium. If I was made of money my opinion may be different. It's a pretty ballpark on the outside but rather ugly on the inside. Don't be mislead. There are many bad seats or "blind spot" if you will. This is especially true for the ones located on the aisles where steps, a metal bar or a glass partition obstructs your view. The food selection there is excellent. Blue Smoke has a tremendous pulled pork sandwich. They added a stand on top of the rotunda on the promenade level right behind home plate where I sit. My location in section 516 row 3 is a bargain considering the prices in the ballpark as a whole. The view is great too unlike the majority of the seats regardless of what level you're on. As a everyday fan, my view may be a little warped but I'm going to see the game not the Shake Shack out in centerfield where I see people standing on line forever it seems. The ballpark has elevators but they're very small and they don't run often enough. For a so called first class facility, they did a poor job with them. Come to Citi Field and see for yourself. Everybody has a different need or want when it comes to the ballpark experience. Please be sure to pay Royalty a visit so we can enhance your experience in our own unique way. Thank you for reading my point of view. Yours truly, Gary Herman

The other side of town

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

Great job on the Stadium. Modernized but still has the hometown feel that the Mets bring. Food was good, left field seats had a great view.

Memorial Day at the ballpark

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

Decided to spend Memorial Weekend in New York City and catch a game at Citi Field on Memorial Day. While we rode the subway in Manhattan, I wanted to visit Jackie Robinson's grave so we drove to the stadium. Had no trouble getting there and parking was plentiful and not too expensive. There is also a subway station at the park so, if you are comfortable getting around by subway, you can beat this park for accessibility. The food was very good. I had ribs from Blue Smoke and tried Garlic Frites too. It is very pricey ($6 for a regular dog) but this isn't too surprising since we're talking about New York. The stadium itself was OK but not great. One of the nicest features of newer stadiums is the ability to see the field while walking the main concourse or waiting in line at the food stands. For the most part, Citi Field offers these views. The exception is from behind home plate. While walking around the lower level, there is no view here. The fans were great! I wore a Phillies shirt and got some friendly ribbing from the folks around me. The crowd seemed very knowledgeable and passionate. They love their Mets! I didn't see too much of the neighborhood. We did search the internet for interesting local activities and came up empty. Instead, we visited Jackie Robinson's grave which is only a few miles away. Still, this isn't like visiting Detroit where you have to fear for your life. Overall, this is a very good place to watch a game. I'd rank the stadium behind Detroit, Baltimore, Philly and Boston but ahead of Cleveland and Yankee Stadium. As far as the overall experience, I'd says it is most similar to Philadelphia (a little remote and expensive, good food, easy access and passionate fans). Next time, I'll take the subway and, yes, there will be a next time.

Nice Ballpark

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

I had a great time here. I loved the look and atmosphere of the ballpark, the food was good and the fans were better than I expected. The fans would actually lecture you if you got up during play which is good to see that they are that passionate. The ballpark was easy to get to from the train as well. All in all a very nice ballpark.

My First Baseball Game

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

I was there for a game against the Tigers in the Summer of 2010. I'm not a baseball fan and went to my first game ever just for the experience while visiting New York. Although it didn't get me hooked on the game itself I really liked the stadium and the atmosphere. It was an everyday game of a season with a million games so the fact that the fans weren't exactly crazy there is easy to understand, but they were still great and I had a lot of fun.

The location is not great. It's not that hard to get there with the subway but it was extremely crowded, particularly on the way from the arena. The neighborhood around the stadium was dull to say the least.

Much better than New Yankee Stadium

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 0
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

I've enjoyed visiting Citi Field and think the stadium has much more character than the New Yankee Stadium. I especially like the Jackie Robinson Rotonda and the Pepsi Porch. The neighborhood sucks though. Not that it's unsafe, it's just non-exsistent.

A GREAT PLACE TO WATCH A GAME!!!

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

CitiField is an amazing place to watch a ball game. There really isn't a bad place in the stadium to sit. There are some obstructed views into the right and left field corners depending on where you sit but they are overshadowed by the overall experience. The very best part of the place is the food! You can easily go to 10 games and not eat the same food twice! Also the pre and post game parties at McFaddens are exceptional!

Citi of Despair

Total Score: 2.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 2
  • Extras: 2

In 2009, the city of New York opened up two vastly different ballparks for their two Major League Baseball teams. In the Bronx, the new Yankee Stadium was built as a monument to excess and the future. In Queens, the Mets new digs, Citi Field, decided to turn back the clock and salute the past with their ballpark.

First-time visitors at Citi Field will notice several elements that the Mets put in from various ballparks to make up their new home. When you walk up to the front entrance, it’s supposed to look like the Brooklyn Dodgers former home, Ebbets Field. Once your ticket is punched, you’ll be in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, where a video tribute to the trailblazing ballplayer plays continuously. To your right is the new Mets Hall of Fame, where you’ll find both Mets World Series trophies and other bric-a-brac associated with the history of the franchise (including the original Mr. Met costume).

OK, time to go to your seat, the game is about to begin. This is where things get a bit confusing. Citi Field is built like the Mets had four different architects working at once to accommodate everyone's ideas. This is not to say that the ballpark is bad, quite the contrary actually. It’s quite handsome in spots, but things were sacrificed in the name of fan enjoyment in order to keep the blueprint of an “old” new ballpark.

For instance, the Mets and Yankees have perfected the “moat” between great seats and good seats. If you don’t have $500 or more to spend on a ticket, good luck sneaking down to the field level seats. There’s a built in breezeway lined with ushers that will not let you into the field box seats without a ticket. The field level seats are sponsored by Delta Airlines, and it is swanky in the “Skylounge” that occupies the area behind the choice seats. There are several bars, a steakhouse and a place to view the Mets batting cages within the Skylounge. Also located in the area are field level luxury boxes (hot tip from an usher: Jerry Seinfeld owns box 1 and Jon Stewart owns box 4).

If you’re wandering the main concourse looking for your seat in the first level, you’ll at least be able to check out the game, as it’s a totally open concourse. As you get into the outfield area of the concourse, you’ll crossover Shea Bridge, named for Shea Stadium, the old ballpark that was the only home of the Mets up until 2009. If you feel like finding where Shea Stadium’s home plate was, it’s located in the third base side of the parking lot outside of Citi Field.

Behind the giant scoreboard in center field, you’ll find a food court, lots of kids games (including a dunk tank with a guy wearing the opposing team’s uniform...nice). In left field, there’s a party deck located in the new, less spacious outfield. The deck was installed due to numerous complaints from Mets ballplayers that the dimensions of Citi Field were unfair and too tough to hit a home run in. The deck shaved several feet off and the Mets have seen their power numbers go up.

Sandwiched between the lower and upper deck of Citi Field is the Caesar's Club. It’s the “club” section of the stadium, filled with bars, plush chairs and tacky casino advertising.

Think Atlantic City casino lobby when it comes to the decorum, and you’d be right on the money. Also located on this level is the Acela Club, where you can sit down and eat a meal in a fine dining restaurant and watch the game. Finally, the top level, or “promenade” as the Mets call it, has very little in the way of fancy, but offers decent sight lines at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

So, let’s take an even closer look at the home of the 2013 All-Star Game, where the sluggers of baseball will take aim at the giant apple in center field during the home run derby.

Not a pretty park

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 1
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Not a bad park but the aesthetics are horrible. The facade looks like no effort was put into it and it does not entirely cover the park it was meant to serve as a facade for. Inside the park the color scheme is too dark and the huge area behind the bridge is unadorned making the interior of the park look incomplete.

Getting Metter and Metter

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 4

Vast improvements from the first season, including a new Mets Hall of Fame and Museum and some historical moments laid in the pavement outside. Easy to get to, around, and getting on the 7 express afterwards works well too. Tickets on the secondary market are often cheaper, while the Mets use dynamic pricing at the box office now. Still too many covered seats with limited views of the scoreboard, but far more enjoyable than when it opened in 2009.

Not in the Citi

Total Score: 3.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

In 2009, the city of New York opened up two vastly different ballparks for their two Major League Baseball teams. In the Bronx, the new Yankee Stadium was built as a monument to excess and the future. In Queens, the Mets new digs, Citi Field, decided to turn back the clock and salute the past with their ballpark.

First-time visitors at Citi Field will notice several elements that the Mets put in from various ballparks to make up their new home. When you walk from the subway station up to the front entrance, it’s supposed to look like the Brooklyn Dodgers former home, Ebbets Field. Once your ticket is punched, you’ll be in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, where a video tribute to the trailblazing ballplayer plays continuously. To your right is the Mets Hall of Fame, where you’ll find both Mets World Series trophies and other memorabilia associated with the history of the franchise, including the original Mr. Met costume.

If you are making your second visit and want to avoid the general rush at the main gate, there are other entrances in the corners and another at the back of the stadium by the bullpen that have smaller lines, and might save you time if you happen to be sitting closer to those spots.

Citi Field is quite handsome in spots, but certain elements were sacrificed in the name of fan enjoyment in order to keep the blueprint of an “old” new ballpark. For instance, the “moat” between great seats and good seats. If you don’t have $500 or more to spend on a ticket, good luck sneaking down to the field level seats behind home plate. There’s a built in breezeway lined with ushers that will not let you into the field box seats without a ticket. The field level seats are sponsored by Delta Airlines, and it is swanky in the “Skylounge” that occupies the area behind the choice seats. There are several bars, a steakhouse and a place to view the Mets batting cages within the Skylounge. Also located in the area are field level luxury boxes (hot tip from an usher: Jerry Seinfeld owns box 1 and Jon Stewart owns box 4).

If you’re wandering the main concourse looking for your seat in the first level, you’ll at least be able to check out the game, as it is totally open. As you get into the outfield area of the concourse, you’ll crossover Shea Bridge, named for Shea Stadium, the old ballpark that was the home of the Mets up until 2009. If you feel like finding where Shea Stadium’s home plate was, it’s located in the third base side of the parking lot outside of Citi Field.

Behind the giant scoreboard in center field, you’ll find a food court and lots of kids games while a party deck can be found in left field. The deck was installed due to numerous complaints from Mets ballplayers that the dimensions of Citi Field were unfair and too tough to hit a home run in. The deck shaved several feet off the distance and the Mets have seen their power numbers go up, as have their opponents.

Sandwiched between the lower and upper deck is the Caesar's Club. It’s the “club” section of the stadium, filled with bars, plush chairs and tacky casino advertising.

Think Atlantic City casino lobby when it comes to the decor, and you’d be right on the money. Also located on this level is the Acela Club, where you can sit down and eat a meal in a fine dining restaurant and watch the game. Finally, the top level, or “promenade” as the Mets call it, has very little in the way of fancy, but offers decent sight lines at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

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