Citi Field became the new home for the New York Mets baseball team in 2009. The Mets originally played at Shea Stadium , built in 1964 and demolished after the 2008 season to make way for the new venue. Both stadiums are located in the New York borough of Queens , home of the Mets, and the new Mets stadium is named after Citigroup, the financial services company. While many Mets fans were sad to see Shea Stadium go, they also welcomed in modern amenities experienced for the first time in the 2009 season. Seating at Citi Field promised better sightlines and comforts including wider seats and better concessions. However, one thing hasn’t changed since Shea Stadium—an infectious pride in the fans who will follow the Mets wherever they will play.
Citi Field tickets bring 45,000 fans to each game. The design of the new Mets stadium was focused on bring the sports fan closer to the baseball game, and the result is that 42 percent of the ballpark’s seats are on the lowest, or field, level. With seating angled towards the infield, it is clear that Citi Field was designed with baseball in mind. Fans will be happy to know that not only does the new stadium boast wider seats, but also more space between rows for additional leg room. The family-friendly ballpark even has picnic areas outside so you can bring your own pre-game snack.
An incredible range of prices makes Citi Field tickets a possibility for everyone. Whether you’d like to reserve a spot on the promenade for $11 or splurge on the Delta Club Platinum for $460 per game, or go for one of the many choices in between, the choice is up to you. If you’re looking to plan a day at the ballpark affordably, go for some of the cheaper Citi Field tickets and travel with mass transit. The Long Island Rail Road stops right at Citi Field and has quick connections to both Penn Station in Manhattan and New Jersey transit options as well. If you’d rather take the subway, the 7 train will bring you to the stadium.
While many fans had a soft spot in their heart for Shea Stadium, Citi Field has truly improved the ballpark experience. More restrooms and concessions have resulted in less lines, maximizing the time you get to spend enjoying the game. A fantastic sound system and video boards improve the experience while the natural grass playing field has a traditional feel. Careful attention to history went into the planning of the new Mets stadium, and the exterior façade was based on the historic ballpark in Brooklyn , Ebbets Field, which was demolished in 1960.
Food has always been part of the game-day experience, and at Citi Field, there is much more on offer than just hot dogs and peanuts. It will be hard to choose among a pulled pork sandwich at Blue Smoke, sushi at Daruma of Tokyo, and specialty pizza by the slice at Nonna Delia’s. Beer-lovers will be delighted by the choice of 28 different selections, while traditional baseball fans will be glad to know they can still get a burger, milkshake, hot dog, or chicken wings throughout the park as well. Mets merchandise is for sale throughout the ballpark as well. Even skeptics are coming around to everything that the new home of the Mets offers fans—extra space, better choice, and improved views of the field all make for a more enjoyable day at the ballpark.