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Team: New York Mets
Stadium Capacity: 45,000
Citi Field is the Mets' new ballpark, built just beyond the outfield fence of old Shea Stadium. It won't play host to the likes of Joe Namath and the Beatles like Shea did, but for baseball fans it's progress. Designers of Citi Field incorporated features from long-gone parks like Ebbets Field, and the atmosphere is more intimate than at Shea. In fact, continuing a trend seen at other new parks, the move means about 15,000 fewer seats. The Mets have been in Queens for more than 40 years and will remain for decades to come with this new addition to MLB ballparks.
Citi Field was built in what was a parking lot beyond the centerfield fence at Shea Stadium in the Flushing section of Queens. It’s a part of town known more for its auto salvage yards than nightlife, so don’t expect to be able to walk across the street to a classic tavern for a burger or beer. … Still, whether you come by train, bus, boat (yes, they have ferry service to games) or car, get to the game early and check out New York’s other new park. The designers of Citi Field tried to incorporate features from classic but long gone parks like Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds and Tiger Stadium, and a 360-degree concourse with views of the field allows fans to explore the park without missing the action on the field. … Some things are the same, though: there’s a big red apple in center field and the planes from nearby LaGuardia still roar overhead. You’ll get used to it. … A signature dish from Shea, grilled Premio Italian sausage, is also still around. Try one. … Shea was a huge, multi-purpose venue, and lost in the move were more than 10,000 seats, so the ticket supply is tighter. Plan accordingly. … Many fans may be back in their cars or on the train shortly after the final out, but the area does have some pleasant surprises if you stick around. The USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open, is right nearby, as is Flushing Meadows Corona Park, site of the 1964 World’s Fair with the famous Unisphere. And the New York Hall of Science is in Queens, a great spot if you’ve got the kids in tow. … For local flavor, literal and figurative, head to the Lemon Ice King of Corona in the neighboring Corona section of Queens. The Lemon Ice King has been serving its signature sweet Italian ice in simple paper cups for decades from its corner counter. For dinner try the Park Side Restaurant located on Corona Avenue, another neighborhood favorite with its generous portions of Italian food in an old-school setting. … The final stop on the #7 train (Citi Field is the second to last stop) is Main Street, Flushing, and it’s a hidden gem in the Big Apple. There are all kinds of great ethnic restaurants and shops in the area, with an emphasis on Asian. In fact, it’s the largest Chinatown in New York City. Try the Ocean Jewel Seafood Restaurant for some excellent dim sum.
The Lemon Ice King of Corona, 5202 108th St, Queens, (718) 699-5133
Park Side Restaurant, 10701 Corona Ave., (718) 271-9274
Ocean Jewel Seafood Restaurant, 133-30 39th Ave., Queens, (718) 359-8600
USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center, Meridian Rd. at Grand Central Pkwy., (718) 760-6200
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, (718) 760-6565
New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, (718) 699-0005
Wise Guide Tips / Know what the locals know, go where the locals go
At Wise Guides, we believe “spectator” should be a verb. Not because you should suck down 12 beers, run on the field and try to take the first baseman’s job — you shouldn’t. It’s because there’s so much more to going to a game than simply sitting in your seat watching the action. There are stadiums and neighborhoods to explore, food and drink to try, history to learn and interesting people to meet. Try our Wise Guides tips, they are funny, helpful and, we hope, interesting.
Explore the Area
Citi Field (and old Shea Stadium) may be in New York City but it’s not exactly plopped down in a typical urban neighborhood. The park, located in the Flushing section of Queens, is surrounded by parking... Read more »