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NYSEG Stadium

Binghamton, NY

Home of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies

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NYSEG Stadium (map it)
211 Henry St
Binghamton, NY 13901


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Year Opened: 1992

Capacity: 6,042

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B-Mets Baseball in Binghamton

Just north of the Pennsylvania border, the city of Binghamton, New York is home to the Binghamton Mets of the Eastern League. The B-Mets, the more common name for the New York Mets' AA affiliate, moved to Binghamton in 1992 from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The construction of NYSEG Stadium coincided with the relocation of the B-Mets.

NYSEG Stadium is located in downtown Binghamton and offers an overall enjoyable experience. Even though the area directly around the stadium is not ideal, the B-Mets create a family-friendly atmosphere for a night out in Binghamton.

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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    4

NYSEG Stadium offers a good balance of standard ballpark fare and local options that will please nearly any hungry fan.

The hidden gem of NYSEG Stadium is Hickory's BBQ located all the way down the first baseline. Hickory's offers local classics such as the Lupo's chicken spiedie sandwich ($6) and classic barbecue with its pulled pork sandwich ($6.50). It is well worth the walk down to Hickory's to enjoy some great food. If you are looking for more traditional options, NYSEG Stadium has a number of concession stands located under the seating area that offer items such as hot dogs ($3.75) and nachos ($4.50).

The B-Mets serve a variety of Coca-Cola products from the fountain. The selection of alcoholic beverages at NYSEG Stadium is also quite good. Beer choices include Labatt Blue Light ($6.50) and a Good Hops craft ($7). NYSEG Stadium also offers Bully Hill Vineyards wine by the glass ($6) and in slushie form ($8).

The Lupo's chicken spiedie sandwich is a fan favorite and is well worth the investment.

Atmosphere    3

NYSEG Stadium provides an enjoyable atmosphere to see a game but lacks any unique features that separate it from other stadiums.

The seating area at NYSEG Stadium runs from first base to third base and is divided into two main groups, box seats which are lower and reserved seats which are higher. A small concourse separates the two different groups of seats and allows easy access to the seating area. All the seats throughout the stadium are blue box-style seats with cup holders. A small set of inflatable amusements is all the way down the first baseline and is a popular attraction among children. A large video board and a digital scoreboard are located in right field and enhance the in-game experience. A picnic area is located down the third baseline and accommodates larger groups for private events. A handful of suites are also located directly behind the seating area.

The B-Mets make an effort to incorporate promotions into the game day experience at NYSEG Stadium. Most nights feature some sort of theme, such as "Mets-aritaville," that will serve as the focus of that night's in-game promotions.

The entire seating area at NYSEG Stadium provides great views of the field. If you attend on a fireworks night, the third base side of the stadium may be your best bet because fireworks are launched in right field. NYSEG Stadium also features some covered seats in the upper part of the sections located behind home plate.

Neighborhood    2

NYSEG Stadium is located on the primarily residential northeast side of downtown Binghamton, which limits the options that surround it.

While the selection of restaurants directly near the stadium is not great, Binghamton does have some quality choices within driving distance. For delicious diner fare at amazingly low prices, Chris' Diner is only a short drive from NYSEG Stadium. Also located downtown, Water Street Brewing Co. offers great burgers and fries as well as a wide array of drafts.

Binghamton has an ample amount of attractions that make a trip to the city worthwhile. The Roberson Museum and Science Center is a favorite for both kids and adults in the area. If you want to spend some time outside, Otsiningo Park is located right next to the Chenango River and provides gorgeous views of upstate New York.

The area surrounding NYSEG Stadium has a number of hotels from which to select. One of the best options for lodging is the DoubleTree by Hilton because of its location and quality accommodations. The greater Binghamton area also has plenty of hotels if you prefer not to stay downtown.

Fans    3

While most fans that attend B-Mets' games are knowledgeable about baseball, the number of fans that show up to games can be quite limited.

The B-Mets have been at the bottom of Eastern League attendance for a number of years. NYSEG Stadium is one of the smallest stadiums in the Eastern League, by a small margin, but the average attendance is still below half of the stadium's capacity. The B-Mets have been making a push recently to increase attendance numbers, including an effort to rebrand the team through proposing a change in team name.

Crowd engagement throughout the game is fairly good. One major problem with creating a boisterous crowd, however, is the amount of empty seats that are distributed throughout the stadium. The fans that do attend games cheer at the proper time and stay engaged relatively well throughout the game.

Access    3

NYSEG Stadium is easily accessible by car off of I-81 and fairly easy to navigate once inside the stadium.

The public transportation in Binghamton is limited. The best option for travel from downtown to NYSEG Stadium is the 12 bus on Broome County Transit.

An ample amount of parking is located beyond the right field wall of NYSEG Stadium for $4. It is a little bit of walk to NYSEG Stadium from the parking lot, so be prepared to walk. Traffic can be slightly hectic once the game has ended.

NYSEG Stadium has a number of gates from which to enter. Gate 1 is located right beside the right field foul pole. If you need tickets, however, Gate 2 is located right next to the box office, which makes it the most popular point of entry. The lines for entry are manageable and do not cause too much of a backup.

The concourse under the seating area, where the concessions are located, is relatively small and does not offer a view of the field. Restrooms are conveniently located and do not cause a hassle for fans. Handicapped accessibility throughout the stadium is well done, especially with the large handicap section located directly behind home plate.

Return on Investment    3

While a game at NYSEG Stadium is by no means expensive, the B-Mets do not offer many unique aspects to the game day experience that add more bang for your buck.

Ticket prices range from $9 for reserved seats to $11 for box seats, with an extra dollar added for day of game purchases. If you decide to purchase something to eat and drink, a night at NYSEG Stadium will cost around $25 per person.

Extras    3

The B-Mets do a few small things that enhance the game day experience. The staff distributes a concession guide to all fans after they park their vehicle, which makes knowing where to find certain items substantially easier. NYSEG Stadium has a fairly extensive merchandise store that sells a variety of B-Mets apparel. Also, the inflatable play area down the first baseline is a great way to keep children entertained throughout the game.

Final Thoughts

Even though the Binghamton Mets have struggled to increase their attendance numbers in recent years, the team offers a fairly good ballpark experience at NYSEG Stadium. If you have the chance to catch a game in Binghamton, it is worth the trip.

Great Fan Base?

I would hardly consider the fan base in Binghamton as being 'great'. Perhaps they are dedicated, however, the B-Mets are u sually last in attendance in the Eastern League. The Mets were reported to have been interested in the proposed baseball stadium for Suffolk County, NY but got into the vying for the stadium late and lost out to the Atlantic League. Had the Mets won the right to put a team there, It's unlikely they would move their AAA club from Buffalo and they already own the Brooklyn Cyclones in short season A. The only minor league team could have relocated and still been in a reasonably located league would have been the B-Mets.

by burrito88 | Sep 20, 2011 01:33 AM

A few corrections...

NYSEG Stadium opened in 1992, not in 1995. The digital scoreboard in Right Field is a jumbotron as your pictures show and does in fact offer instant replays of the some of the action - outs, hits, great plays etc; the message center & scoreboard in left field is used as an advertising center... Binghamton may usually rank near or at the bottom of attendance in the EL - the team has also not made the playoffs in years and they draw from one of the smallest markets in Double-A ball period. However, those lower numbers are offset by a stable ownership group and a favorable lease; with full control of the stadium, all vending, advertising, and parking - Plus NYSEG is our electric company and the naming rights deal comes along (or so I'm told) with free utilities for the Stadium!

by AFreak607 | Sep 27, 2011 02:57 PM

RE: A few corrections...

Appreciate the feedback...we've updated the year opened section, not sure how we got that wrong, but glad you caught it. I don't know what to say about the scoreboard point. It didn't offer any replays that we noticed during the visit which this review is based on, at least not that we ever noticed...

by paul | Sep 28, 2011 01:39 PM

wasn't parking there $3, not $5

by bob87 | Oct 04, 2011 12:40 PM

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Crowd Reviews

Mets B-Side

Total Score: 4.00

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

For two decades, the Binghamton Mets have served as the AA affiliate to the parent club in New York. The long-standing relationship and strong geographic ties have created a great fan base and good attendance for the Eastern League team.

NYSEG Stadium is the home of the Binghamton Mets, and offers good food and a great return on your investment.

Cheap Family Fun

Total Score: 4.29

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

The Binghamton Mets have become a staple of summer evenings in New York's Southern Tier. Just an hour from the Baseball Hall of Fame, this is a great night out. Kids-Eat-Free on Sundays, Two-For-Tuesday specials, Thirsty Thursday Specials, Roll-backs on Mondays, Family Packs on Wednesday, Fireworks on most Friday and Saturday Nights... You can't beat a cheap night out with the family! Dollar Dogs and 2-for-a Draft Beers make for a good nights in the box seats twenty plus nights a summer for me!

A long drive from Reading

Total Score: 3.14

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

I've been adding reviews based on a blog that I keep. Visited this park on September 3, 2011. Here are my notes:

Newer stadium (1990's) looks very old, cinder blocks. The stadium isn't that old but it looks very old. Seems that stadium improvements are not a big priority for the team owners.

Stands do not extend much beyond 1B or 3B. No OF stands or grass seats. There may have been small picnic areas beyond the stand in LF (I didn't bother to walk out to check).

Between innings entertainment lousy. Cheap copy of Reading's Crazy Hot Dog Vendor and vegetable race. Some innings didn't have anything at all. They threw a couple of Frisbees and a few hotdogs to the crowd but that's about it.

OK scoreboard. Little interesting audio. They showed occasional instant replays.

Tiny crowd (especially for a Sat night). Food decent but not much variety. Binghamton finished dead last in attendance for the year...no surprise there. With the crappy stadium, lack of "between inning" entertainment and uninteresting audio and video, these guys will never draw the crowds that a city of this size should.

This is the worst AA ballpark I've visited. Most A and independent teams have better stadiums.

Final thought: No real reason to visit this park again....but since I visit Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame Induction every summer. If the B-Mets are home, I may give them another shot.

Great place to see a game

Total Score: 3.86

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

Nice ballpark with a view a the foothills in the outfield. Vendors are friendly and the fans are generally nice themselves. I've been going every year since 2003 while I'm in the area for business.

Good Price, Great Food, and Baseball

Total Score: 3.43

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

NYSEG Stadium is located on the eastern edge of downtown Binghamton, NY. The 6,000-seat facility is entering its third decade hosting the Binghamton Mets, the AA Eastern League affiliate of the New York Mets. Bordering the main rail line through a depressed area of town, the location and stadium layout leave something to be desired, but NYSEG Stadium offers a good value for your dollar and features some of the best food in the minors.

binghamton mets

Total Score: 3.71

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

It was ok

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