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While they haven’t been as successful as their Bronx rivals in recent years, the Mets can certainly be happy about their newish stadium, which opened in 2009. With great sight lines, fun activities for kids and a prodigious selection of food and booze (including Shake Shack and Blue Smoke outposts), even those with the barest interest in the game will enjoy themselves at the park, which in recent years has also doubled as a concert venue with appearances by mega-stars like Paul McCartney and Nas.
|Venue name:||Citi Field|
Roosevelt Ave at 126th St
|Opening hours:||Check website for game schedule|
|Transport:||Subway: 7 to Mets–Willets Point|
|Price:||Ticket prices vary; check website for info|
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I've been to over a dozen ballparks across the country, but I do have to say that Citi Field has a great atmosphere and some awesome fan experiences and FOOD! It's great to see so many different options but still have the classic hot dog available delivered to your seat. Mets games are typically affordable for a game and the cleanliness and fun elements are certainly displayed. You can get the sense of history if you walk around the facility with their commemorative banners, monuments, and bricks showing the great moments in Mets history. Public transport and parking are both plentiful and quite easy to get in and out for a sports complex without much hassle. This is definitely a fun ballpark that I encourage you to check out if you can - even if you only watch the game for a few innings, the environment and being around the park on a nice spring evening or afternoon is worth it.
Located in Flushing Queens, this stadium replaced the now gone Shea Stadium. Th only remnants of the old stadium is the Home Run Ball and bronze bases in the parking lot showing where Shea used to stand. It is far superior to Shea in every way and is an absolutely beautiful ball park. The entrance, the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, is magnificent with its high ceilings and memorabilia. The outside of the stadium has flags showing Mets greats of the past and present. Food choice inside are impressive, and there are batting cages for the kids, if they get bored. The stadium has hosted a few concerts and should, hopefully, host a Winter Classic some time soon.
Best baseball stadium in NYC, blows Yankee Stadium away. There are so many amazing food options - Shake Shack, Blue Smoke, Pat LaFrieda, Mama's of Corona, Two Boots Pizza - leave your peanuts and Cracker Jacks at home. Ideal for group outings, families, and entertaining clients. Make your way to the centerfield concession area where you will find an unbelievable amount of beer choices, both foreign and domestic. For true Mets fans, check out the Mets Hall of Fame located in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. After the game is over head to McFadden's keep the party going as they normally have pitchers of PBR for $10.
I once took a friend to Citi Field who had never seen a baseball game. He exclaimed, "This is the best food court ever! And hey—there's a ballgame going on!"
The relatively new stadium, modeled after Ebbets Field, replaced the fan-and-city–beloved Shea Stadium in 2009. Whether you come for the top notch food—Shake Shack, Pat LaFrieda, Pomme Frites, or a good ol' sausage & peppers—or for the perpetually struggling but beloved underdog Mets, you're bound to have a good time. But hey, our pitchers are amazing, and they're always exciting to watch in person. #DeGrominate #DarkKnight #Thor
PRO TIP: Want to see behind-the-scenes action off and ON the field? Hangout in the (empty) dugout? Be ON the field? Citi does tours during the off-season. They're a ton of fun and a great walk through the Mets' history. Dig around on the Mets' site for information.