Unofficial Uncensored Guide To Citi Field

As with all things Mets Police use the information below at your own discretion. I try to be as accurate as I can but I’m just a fat guy in a basement and there could be some errors or changes I’m unaware of.

This is an ongoing document that we continue to refine.

As you read you’ll see different experiences from three voices – me, Dan and Osh41 our uniforms guru. Many are from our first impressions in 2009 and noted as such.

You may also find this post useful with fellow readers suggesting tips and tricks for the ballpark, and a discussion of where regular folks like you like to sit.

NEW for 2012

The fences were moved in at Citi Field for the 2012 season which allowed for the creation of a Left Field “Party Deck” along the lines of what Fenway Park has.

This exciting new area offers two rows of seating for all of your guests directly above the left field home run wall. Accommodates groups of 25-102 with a ticket price that includes food & beverage package.

AMENITIES

SEATING
  • Reserved seating for 25-102 guests
  • Two rows of drink rail seats
  • Wheelchair Accessible
ACCESS
  • Enter through Left Field Gate
CATERING
  • Food & Beverage provided by Aramark
SERVICE
  • Wait staff takes food/beverage orders and delivers to your seat
  • Guest Services staff members at entrance
EXTRAS
  • A Group Leader Ticket Voucher redeemable for four tickets to a select 2012 Mets home game
  • Scoreboard greeting
PRICING (per ticket)
Group Sales Price
Marquee Games: $200.00
Premium Games: $150.00
Classic: $125.00
Value: $100.00
POLICIES
  • Ticket price includes cost of food and beverage buffet package
  • Exclusive use of the area requires purchase of 102 tickets
  • All sales are final

NEW for 2011

“Mr. Met’s Landing,” a new, specially priced area of the ballpark. Tickets in sections 338 and 339 in Citi Field’s Left Field Landing are $10 for kids 12 and under and $20 for adults ($20 and $30 respectively for four Marquee dates).  Mr. Met will visit both sections during every home Mets game.

As of 2/18/12 it is unclear to me if this section will exist for 2011.

 

NEW FOR 2010

31 Pictures from inside the Champions Club

Promenade Foot Court 2010

Museum: Broadcast Legends Exhibit

Museum: other assorted pics

Museum: Seaver’s quote pictures

Museum: pictures of the team history timeline

Museum: pictures of the Tom Seaver exhibit

Museum: pictures of the uniform history display

Some links to other sites with museum pictures

McFadden’s pics

Pictures of the reconfigured bullpens

 

 

Original Impressions from April 2009 (with later updates)

THE ROTUNDA

Osh41 (2009): Getting off the subway – it was jarring walking down that ramp and not seeing Shea. There was a physical and emotional jolt not seeing it there. I hate comparing things to 9/11 for obvious reasons but when you went downtown after it happened there was a hole in the sky where the buildings were. You saw them there for so long, they were so big, you’d never imagine them not there. So coming down the ramp and seeing nothing?? Very strange and that will I think be something a lot of fans will have to get used to.

Getting in – kind of seemed like Shea! Long lines, check your bag. Everyone looking up instead of ahead. Long line at main gate for obvious reasons – 1st day, everyone wants to go in the main door. There are other entrances so for future games I’ll go to more seat specific gates. Rotunda – very nice, still not finished, looks like they are going to hang some more pictures of Jackie up. Huge #42 behind the escalator will be a photo op for a generation of kids. Huge Mets Clubhouses shop right behind the escalators.

Shannon (2009): I found the rotunda to be overrated. It’s nice enough, it’s big…but there’s nothing Mets about it, and the Jackie Robinson video is going to get quite old fast.

Dan (2009): The entrance to the ballpark is magnificent. Coming off the subway you are lead right towards the Rotunda. The landscaping around the park is still in progress but you can already tell that once it’s all completed it will look really nice. They already have blue, orange, and white flowers planted out in front, and the trees are going in along both sides if the park.

The rotunda itself is not nearly as obnoxious as I thought it was going to be. It honors Robinson, but in a very tasteful manner. A few things to know:

the turnstiles now have an attached ticket scanner (no more hand held ones)
there is a very large team store located on the ground level with an entrance inside the rotunda to the right (there is also a street entrance as the store is open everyday 10-5)
Two video screens on either side of the rotunda show highlights from Robinson’s career. I think Shannon is correct that it will get old fast

One thing that Shannon and I noticed when we were there was that as we walked around the Field Level and went out by the Rotunda, it really did feel like we were outside even though we were still inside. I can see the balcony becoming a big hangout place during rain delays

New for 2010:

The Apple from Shea has been moved (pic) to in front of the rotunda and makes for a great meedting spot.

A Mets Museum and Hall of Fame has been added to the rotunda. Details here. Pictures to follow.

Historical bricks have been added to the outside of Citi Field, spotlighting great moments in Mets history. Pictures here.

FIELD LEVEL

Osh41 (2009): At top of escalator we went in and made a left, nice wide concourses. Felt it was kind of dark in there, lights looked to be there but not set to go yet. Bathrooms, concessions all there. Spotted pics of Ebbets Field and saw the Ebbets Club entrances are on that level. You keep walking and then boom on your right, concourse opens up to the field. Looks great, grass is green, dark green seats etc. Seen pics of it but to see in person for the first time was great.

Dan (2009): This is really the best part of Corporate Field – the Field Level concourse wraps all the way around the ballpark. You can’t see the field when you are behind the home plate area (the Delta Club is located there), but once you get past there the concourse opens up to the field.

There are 2 Champions Clubs on the Field Level, one along each baseline. Truthfully they really aren’t that special, just small interior areas with a bar, some tables, and private bathrooms. (2009)

THE CAESARS CLUB LEVEL

Dan (2009): This is the small mid-level area (kind of like the Loge Level at Shea). Unlike the Field and Promenade Levels, The Caesars Club Level is only accessible to those holding tickets to this level.

The level includes several food options as well as two full bars with seating, one on each base side. In addition, there is also the Caesar’s Club, an expansive area located above the Rotunda with leather chairs, tables, bar seating, and many food options, including salads and wraps.

Here are some pictures taken from the level and inside the Caesars Club in 2009.

THE PROMENADE LEVEL (AKA UPPERS)

Osh41 (2009): Let me tell you the trip wasn’t half as long as it took to get to the uppers at Shea. Quick trip, could have taken an elevator if I wanted.

The promenade is great. Huge upgrade over Shea. You feel much closer to the field. The upper deck is split in half so you can walk down or up. Lots of room to stand around and watch the game. No more craning your neck to see a TV to know what’s going on, just turn your head and the field is right there.

Dan (2009): Yes there are some obstructed seats (see below) but it’s amazing how much closer to the field you are here compared to the top deck at Shea. The incline isn’t that steep so no sense of vertigo, and the seats really are all angled towards the infield.

The concourse up here is huge – in some areas it seemed even wider than the concourse on the Field Level.

Above home plate is the Promenade Club. No specialty foods or beers, just an enclosed area with tables, a bar, and windows looking out onto the field. Admittance will be to only those holding specified tickets. (2009, unverified for 2010)

Behind the Promenade Club along the concourse is the Promenade Level Food Court. Here is where you will find Mama’s of Corona, as well as other staples (burgers, dogs, etc.) Several picnic tables and benches ensure that this will be a popular hang out area.

The thing I liked the most about the Promenade Level though was the lack of wind. Shannon and I were up there during the Friday night Boston game, and even though we could see the flags on top of the park whipping in the wind, we felt little more than a breeze. Granted it was only one night but I don’t think early Spring and Fall games will be as bad to handle here as they were at Shea.

Shannon (2010): As the 2009 season went on I became very frustrated with the Promenade. Dan’s seats were behind home plate, which is where I have moved for 2010. In 2009 I sat in Promenade Left, and did find it always breezy and kind of missed being able to see the left fielder. See obstructed views section below.

CENTERFIELD / THE PEPSI PORCH

Osh41 (2009): Osh41 is of the middle class. He is an upper deck/bleachers guy. I would sit in these Apple seats in center ahead of 95% of the park. They are fantastic. You’re right behind the pitcher, its like watching it on TV. You walk out behind you and you have the food, drinks etc.

I didn’t know anything about the Shake Shack until the past few weeks but their burgers are terrific. $5.75 for a great cheeseburger – I didn’t feel violated on the price either. I think I ate 1 burger in 30 years of going to games at Shea – for a reason – they were awful. This stand is going to be mobbed every night. They should use half the parking lot as a grazing field for cattle because they will need to keep the beef coming. (Prices are from 2009 and unverified for 2010)

Dan (2009): Out beyond center field at Citi Field is Taste of the City- the concession area that everyone (from the Times to NY Magazine) is talking about. This is where you will find Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack and Blue Smoke stands,as well as Box Frites and Nona’s Deli.

But for me, the happiest moment on Sunday was when I met Will. Will is the man in charge of Big Apple Brews, a beer oasis that will make any beer aficionado smile. A 4-sided,12 door refrigerator stocks dozens of micro and imported beers – and the selection is constantly changing based on sales and consumer feedback.

BIG APPLE SEATS
Osh41 (2009): Cool. And there is tons of space behind it to hang out, eat, drink etc. There are going to be tons of homers hit up there. Under the big scoreboard there’s tons of space too but its fenced off. This is where I saw they had a chance to add some more seats – I have a problem with only 42.5k. This is NY, you need more seats, bottom line.

Shannon (2009) : I’d like sit out there, but at $42 a pop I’m going to have to pass. (2009 prices) This could be “the bleachers” but the price will keep it from being that. I disagree with Osh41 about home runs being hit out there…the fence says 415….and you need to hit it over, and when I was there I didn’t think the ball carried at all.

THE ACELA CLUB

Dan (2009): It’s a nice place….a very nice place. Tables are tiered along five levels – four inside and one outside – offering full and clear views of the playing field for all patrons.

The menus looked good (they were not serving today but had menus posted). Yes, the price of food here is not for everyone ($41 for brunch, $48 for dinner) but the selection seemed decent. I seriously doubt whether we will be dining there during the season – but if any of you think you might be,

OBSTRUCTED VIEWS

Shannon (2009 comments re-written for 2010): Some of these are very troubling. I couldn’t believe how bad it was until it happened to me at the Red Sox game.

The shot on the left is from Row 3 of section 504. If you’re in the lower three to five rows of the Promenade you will be in danger of views like these.

The Mets have listed some of their tickets as “limited view’ which is a step forward, but I am still troubled by some of Dave Howard’s comments from 2009. Here is a gallery of various obstructed views in Citi Field. My advice: if you’re in the promenade, sit high.

Dan: This picture is from Section 529, Row 3. When we got there man was I livid. Almost the entire row has an obstructed view of 3rd Base and the right-hander’s batter’s box.

This Citi Field seat view checker will give you an idea of how your seats might look..it’s not entirely accurate but it will give you a feel for the gemoetry of the park.

FOOD

Shannon (2010): The food at Citi Field is very enjoyable whether it’s Shakes or Tacos (my favorite) or your basic Nathan’s.

As for options, there are plenty of concession stands all around the park on both levels. It looked like each stand had it’s own kitchen area as well – or at least most of them did. This is good news as the food should be a lot fresher. Even the pizza looked good – the ovens were right there.

New for 2010: The Mets have added vegetarian and gluten free food. Details here.

From a Mets press release:

Following a successful inaugural season, Union Square Hospitality Group’s Blue Smoke and Box Frites concepts will open additional locations in the Promenade Food Court along with a second Big Apple Brews, featuring 30 Anheuser-Busch products.

BATHROOMS

Osh41 (2009): Very big, waterless urinals – no dividers though – they should have sprung for them. Some folks are going to be have some stage fright issues which will cause delays.

Shannon (2009): The urinals are pretty well spread apart so the lack of dividers isn’t as bad as it could have been. They are much bigger than Shea. I notice wetspots develop in front of the urinals. My fellow Mets fans need some better aim. By the seventh you’ll need to stand spread eagle.

SOUNDS, SCOREBOARDS, AND SCREENS

Osh41 (2009): Looks great, if you’re in left field you’re going to have a problem seeing it. Didn’t sit in the seats that look to be obstructed by it.

Shannon (2010): In my 2009 review I commented how I appreciated the lack of noise. That was April. Sure enough the Noise Patrol figured out how to work the soundsytem and the place became a wall of sound. I particularly don’t enjoy the half hour of commercials read over the PA about a half hour before the game.

SMOKING (2009 info)

Shannon: Sorry smokers. There’s only one area, it’s at the left field gate and it’s going to take you half an hour to go smoke and return.
STORES

Shannon (2010): There are stores aplenty. I wrote at length about them in 2009 and if you are curious about them please search for the term “store” on the site and you will see posts aplenty.

CHILDREN’S AREA

Shannon (2010):In 2009 I enjoyed it out there with Junior, who got to bat on this field. We also did the batting cage which has a much shorter line. You’ll miss a few innings if you want to play on this field. I have yet to be to this area in 2010.

Dan: (2009) This is a really nice addition, with a mini T-ball field in the configuration of Citi Field (even down to the retired numbers), pitching and batting cages, and video game consoles. It’s not overdone though (ala the ferris wheel at Comerica Park)

126TH STREET

Shannon (2009): 126th street has gone form being the random pavement on the far side of the Shea lot, to being right next to the park. It’s ugly, and it won’t be there long. There’s no way those chop shops will stay.

Osh41 (2009): Holy Cow! The chop shops – I always knew they were there and have even patronized some of them. But the view of the area from the park never existed at Shea. It’s crazy having this brand new park on one side of the block and this hell hole on the other side. There were pot holes filled with water over there that looked like the reservoir in Central Park.

Dan: (2009)We went in the RF gate – which is on 126th Street, right by the chop shops. Memo to Fred – get on the phone to Bloomberg and do what needs to be done to get rid of that area.

 

McFadden’s

 

McFADDEN’S RESTAURANT AND SALOON

The legendary midtown Irish party-pub, McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, opens its newest location at Citi Field this season. Located on 126 Street, in the northeast corner of the ballpark, directly under 2K Sports FanFest, this 13,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility will offer patrons an unpretentious party before, during and after games. It will feature a 200-foot island bar, outdoor patios, full-service dining room, batting cages, in-house TV and radio production and more than 80 huge high-definition plasma TVs and projectors. In addition to a full bar, McFadden’s Citi Field will offer extensive Irish-American cuisine, mixed with traditional game-day favorites. McFadden’s Five Minute Cheese Steak Nachos comes out in five minutes or it’s free! The only public restaurant at the ballpark, McFadden’s will be open year-round.

 

OVERALL

Osh41 (2009): I think they did a good job. I’ll never be happy until I see a statue of Seaver and them wearing hats and uniforms with no trace of black on them. But for the ballpark – it really is nice and the fans should really enjoy it – and trust me on the burgers. (2012 update – Osh got his uniforms)

Dan (2009): It’s still really hard for me to believe that this is our new home. I really like it – but it will take some time for me to get fully comfortable. More Mets history (I agree with Osh41 on a Seaver statue) and more blue and orange will go a long way to making it feel like home.

Shannon (2009): It’s great. I’m bothered by the obstructed views – how did they not catch it…but other than that, great park. It will be nice to have the better of the city’s two ballparks for the next 50 years.

Shannon (2010): I think the Mets did a great job responding to the complaints about “Mets stuff” and Mets history. I am excited about 2010 but still bothered by Mr. Howard’s 2009 comments about the obstructed views.

 

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