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The New York Mets moved to Citi Field in 2009 after playing at Shea Stadium since 1964. Citi Field is located in Queens, New York on Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which hosted the World’s Fair in 1939 and 1964. Citi Field is located near Shea Stadium’s former location — in fact, Parking Lot D at Citi Field covers most of the area of Shea’s former playing field. The exterior of the stadium is very similar to historic Ebbets Field, which was the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Citi Field is the fifth newest park in Major League Baseball. Its capacity for baseball is 41,922, which is actually 15,000 seats fewer than Shea Stadium, which was built as a multipurpose stadium for baseball and football. Citi Field’s original dimensions allowed for little offense, and the park initially developed a reputation as a pitcher-friendly stadium. The Mets altered the dimensions for the 2012 season to promote more offense, and the offensive numbers of many Mets players improved as a result.
The Mets’ new ballpark has already hosted a number of important events. Citi Field was the site of the 2013 MLB All-Star game, in which third baseman David Wright represented the Mets in the starting lineup, and Mets pitcher Matt Harvey started the game for the National League.
In 2015, Citi Field hosted its first World Series. The NL Champion Mets played in the Series against the Kansas City Royals. The Mets won the first World Series game at Citi Field but ultimately lost the series in five games.
Citi Field hosts the NHL’s annual Winter Classic on New Year’s Day in 2018. The New York Rangers will play against the Buffalo Sabres (due to a tax arrangement between the Rangers and Madison Square Garden, Buffalo is considered the home team). Other non-baseball events, like friendly soccer matches, have been played at Citi Field, but the Winter Classic marks the first hockey game at the stadium.
Where is the best place to sit at Citi Field?
The Promenade Club (sections 406 to 423) is a good spot -- you’ll have a good view of the field from behind the first base foul line, which means you’ll have a decent chance of nabbing of a foul ball.
The Coca Cola Corner (sections 301-303) hangs over right field. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a homerun ball (or at least one hit that way in batting practice).
Tips and Tricks
Citi Field takes advantage of many opportunities to pay homage to the Brooklyn Dodgers, who left New York in 1957. The Mets are a spiritual successor to the Dodgers in New York, as they brought National League baseball back to the city in 1962. The main entrance to Citi Field leads to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, named for the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer who was the first player to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball. The Rotunda is a large, gorgeous space and includes an exhibition on Robinson’s life, along with a sculpture (great for photo ops) of his universally retired number 42.
The Rotunda draws a large crowd on game days. It opens early: two hours before the game starts. If you want to see everything, you’ll want to get there early or linger around after the game ends.
A giant motorized apple rises behind the outfield wall after the Mets hit a homerun. This tradition dates back to Shea Stadium, but the Home Run Apple at Citi Field is much larger. The apple from Shea Stadium is on display outside of Citi Field.
Fuku (first level concourse) is a fried chicken sandwich restaurant from celebrity restauranteur David Chang. The restaurants are popular throughout New York City and offers chicken sandwiches, fries, and Milk Bar cookies.