Citi Field vs. Yankee Stadium: An NYC baseball showdown
We detail which New York team’s turf (Citi Field or Yankee Stadium) boasts the best brews, food, fans and more.
Thu Mar 28 2013
Photograph: Marc S. Levine/New York Mets
It doesn’t really matter if you’re pumped about opening day for the Mets (Citi Field, Roosevelt Ave at 126th St, Flushing, Queens; 718-507-6387, mets.com; Mon 1 at 1:10pm; available tickets $63–$330) or the Yankees (Yankee Stadium, 1 E 161st St between Jerome and River Aves, Bronx; 718-293-4300, yankees.com; Mon 1 at 1:05pm; sold out). Everyone (or at least anyone we’d like to hang out with) can get behind an outdoor, sunny afternoon of boozing, snacking and manicured-grass watching.
|Citi Field||Yankee Stadium|
|Architecture||Citi Field, opened in 2009, is a beautiful, throwback-style park. Its brick exterior and the Jackie Robinson Rotunda hark back to the design of the late Ebbets Field in Flatbush, where the Brooklyn Dodgers played during the first half of the 20th century. Also, it doesn’t look like it was designed in art class by a six-year-old who really loves the color blue (cough, Shea Stadium, cough).||All the signature structural features of the now-demolished old stadium have been re-created in the new house, christened, like Citi Field, in 2009: The famous white facade, Monument Park—even the outfield dimensions—are exactly the same. The only difference is a Mohegan Sun Sports Bar, jutting out above the center-field wall and partially blocking views of the field from some areas of the stands.|
|Stereotypical fans||Lovable losers so deprived of success that they have the gall to use the phrase “team of destiny” whenever the Mets manage to make the playoffs.||Super confident dudes who get drunk on Bud Lights and hurl profanities at second baseman Robinson Canó for not hustling enough.|
|Beer||Its roster of craft brews is more impressive than the Mets’ lineup. Look for Goose Island and Sixpoint Sweet Action drafts ($8.75 and up) throughout the season.||Buds and Bud Lights, yeah. But a solid selection of domestic (Yuengling, Blue Moon) and imported (Stella, Amstel) suds can be found at the Beers of the World stand and will run you in the $10 to $12 range.|
|Eats||The main attraction is Shake Shack, located out beyond center field. (Unsurprisingly, lines for its burgers [$6.75] are often long.) Otherwise, you’ll be able to chow down on a plethora of nontraditional park fare like BBQ, tacos and sushi.||You can’t go wrong with the trusty old ballpark standby, a hot dog from Nathan’s Famous ($5.50). New Yorkers will notice a number of other familiar outposts, such as Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, Dylan’s Candy Bar and Famous Famiglia pizza.|
|Cheap seats||$12 and up||$13 and up|
|Talking point||About the only positive thing the offense-challenged Amazin’s accomplished during the off-season was voiding left fielder Jason Bay’s contract.||The Bronx Bombers are contending with a rash of major injuries to what seems like half the roster.|