The Info List - Citi Field

Left field Left center Deep left center Center field Deep right center  Right center Right field

335 feet (102 m) 358 feet (109 m) 385 feet (117 m) 408 feet (124 m) 398 feet (121 m) 375 feet (114 m) 330 feet (100 m)

Surface Kentucky Bluegrass


Broke ground November 13, 2006

Opened March 29, 2009 (college game) April 3, 2009 (exhibition game) April 13, 2009 (regular season)

Construction cost US$900 million ($1.03 billion in 2017 dollars[6])

Architect Populous (formerly HOK Sport)

Structural engineer WSP Cantor Seinuk[7]

Services engineer M-E Engineers, Inc.[7]

General contractor Hunt/Bovis Lend Lease Alliance II (a Joint Venture)[7]

Main contractors International Concrete Products


New York Mets
New York Mets
(MLB) (2009–present)

Citi Field
Citi Field
is a baseball park located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in the New York City
New York City
borough of Queens. Completed in 2009, it is the home field of the New York Mets
New York Mets
of Major League Baseball. Citi Field was built as a replacement for and adjacent to Shea Stadium, which opened in 1964 next to the site of the 1964 New York World's Fair. Citi Field
Citi Field
was designed by Populous (then HOK Sport), and is named after Citigroup, a New York financial services company which purchased the naming rights. The $850 million baseball park was funded with $615 million in public subsidies,[8] including the sale of New York City municipal bonds which are to be repaid by the Mets plus interest. The payments will offset property taxes for the lifetime of the park.[9][10] The Mets are receiving $20 million annually from Citibank in exchange for naming the stadium Citi Field. The first game at Citi Field
Citi Field
was on March 29, 2009, with a college baseball game between St. John's and Georgetown.[11] The Mets played their first two games at the ballpark on April 3 and April 4, 2009 against the Boston Red Sox[12] as charity exhibition games. The first regular season home game was played on April 13, 2009, against the San Diego Padres. Citi Field
Citi Field
hosted the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, marking the second time the Mets have hosted the event (the first being in 1964, the inaugural season of Shea Stadium).[13]


1 History

1.1 Planning 1.2 Construction 1.3 Modifications

2 Features

2.1 Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Rotunda 2.2 Home Run Apples 2.3 Amenities and facilities 2.4 Mets Hall of Fame & Museum

3 Public opinion 4 Access and transportation 5 Attendance records

5.1 Overall 5.2 Regular Season 5.3 Progression

6 Naming rights

6.1 Controversy

7 Citi Field
Citi Field

7.1 Notable firsts

8 Stadium comparison 9 Notable events 10 Other events

10.1 Concerts 10.2 Mets Concert Series post-game concerts (2012-2016) 10.3 Citi Field
Citi Field
soccer matches 10.4 Other sports events

11 In popular culture 12 See also 13 References 14 External links

History[edit] Planning[edit] Since the 1990s, the Mets had been looking to replace Shea Stadium. It had originally been built as a multi-purpose stadium in 1964. While it had been retrofitted as a baseball-only stadium after the NFL's New York Jets left for Giants Stadium
Giants Stadium
after the 1983 season, it was still not optimized for baseball, with seating located farther away from the playing field compared to other major league ballparks.[14] The team unveiled a preliminary model of the ballpark in 1998; it featured a retractable roof and a movable grass field, which would have allowed it to host events including conventions and college basketball. The Mets also considered moving to Mitchel Field
Mitchel Field
or Belmont Park
Belmont Park
in Nassau County, Long Island; Sunnyside Yard
Sunnyside Yard
in Queens, or the West Side Yard in Manhattan.[15] In December 2001, shortly before leaving office, New York City
New York City
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani
announced "tentative agreements" for both the Mets and New York Yankees
New York Yankees
to build new stadiums. Of the $1.6 billion sought for the stadiums, city and state taxpayers would pick up half the tab for construction, $800 million, along with $390 million on extra transportation.[16] The plan also said that the teams would be allowed to keep all parking revenues, which state officials had already said they wanted to keep to compensate the state for building new garages for the teams.[17] The teams would keep 96% of ticket revenues and 100% of all other revenues, not pay sales tax or property tax on the stadium, and would get low-cost electricity from New York state.[17] Business officials criticized the plan as giving too much money to successful teams with little reason to move to a different city.[17] Michael Bloomberg, who succeeded Giuliani as mayor, exercised the escape clause in the agreements to back out of both deals, saying that the city could not afford to build new stadiums for the Mets and Yankees. Bloomberg said that unbeknownst to him, Giuliani had inserted a clause in this deal which loosened the teams' leases with the city and would allow the Mets and Yankees to leave the city on 60 days' notice to find a new home elsewhere if the city backed out of the agreement.[16][17] At the time, Bloomberg said that publicly funded stadiums were a poor investment. Under Bloomberg, the New York City government would only offer public financing for infrastructure improvements; the teams would have to pay for the stadiums themselves. Bloomberg called the former mayor's agreements "corporate welfare." Giuliani had already been instrumental in the construction of taxpayer-funded minor league baseball facilities MCU Park
MCU Park
for the Mets' minor league Brooklyn Cyclones
Brooklyn Cyclones
and Richmond County Bank Ballpark for the Staten Island Yankees. The final plans for what is now Citi Field
Citi Field
were created as part of the unsuccessful New York City
New York City
2012 Olympic bid. After plans for a West Side Stadium fell through, New York looked for an alternate stadium to host the opening and closing ceremonies and track and field. The Olympic Stadium project on the West Side was estimated to cost $2.2 billion, with $300 million provided by New York City
New York City
and an additional $300 million from New York State. If New York had won the bid, Citi Field would have been expanded to Olympic events while the Mets would have played at Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium
in the Bronx for the 2012 season.[18] Construction[edit]

Citi Field
Citi Field
under construction on September 14, 2007.

The projected cost of the new ballpark and other infrastructure improvements is $610 million, with the Mets picking up $420 million of that amount. The agreement includes a 40-year lease that will keep the Mets in New York until 2049. The Mets own the stadium through a wholly owned subsidiary, Queens
Ballpark Company. On March 18, 2006, the New York Mets
New York Mets
unveiled the official model for the new ballpark. By July 2006, initial construction of the new park was underway in the parking lot beyond Shea Stadium's left-field, with a projected finish ahead of Opening Day
Opening Day
2009 in late March. By April 13, 2008, all of the structure for the Jackie Robinson Rotunda was in place with the arched windows receiving their paneling and glass. By September 2008, most of the Citi Field
Citi Field
signage had been installed.[19] By December 1, 2008, all of the seats and the playing field had been installed.[20] Modifications[edit] During the 2010 offseason, the bullpen area in right-center field underwent a complete renovation. When the edifice opened in time for the start of the 2009 MLB season, the Mets' bullpen was in front of the visiting bullpen, leading to an obstructed view of the field from the visiting bullpen, which the San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres
complained about during the Mets' first regular-season home series. The bullpens were turned 90°, with pitchers throwing toward the field instead of parallel to it.[21] More Mets team colors, player banners and logos were also added throughout the ballpark, including revamping the "Let's Go Mets" slogan on the Citi Vision board so that the word "Mets" appears in its traditional script instead of the same font as the rest of the slogan.[22] Additionally, the height of the home run boundary line directly in front of the Home Run Apple
Home Run Apple
in center field was reduced from 16 feet (4.9 m) to 8 feet (2.4 m) in an attempt to produce more home runs.[23] During its first three seasons, the large field dimensions caused Citi Field to play as an extreme "pitcher's park", and home-runs at the stadium were among the fewest in the Major Leagues. Mets' general manager Sandy Alderson
Sandy Alderson
changed Citi Field's dimensions in time for the 2012 MLB season
2012 MLB season
in order to make it more friendly to hitters.[24] Changes included building an 8 feet (2.4 m) wall in front of the high 16 feet (4.9 m) wall in left field that many had dubbed the "Great Wall of Flushing", removing the nook in the "Mo's Zone" in right field, and reducing the distance in right center field from 415 feet (126 m) from home plate to 390 feet (120 m). The new walls are colored blue in order to address fan complaints that the old black walls with orange trims did not reflect the colors of the Mets.[25] The Mets have also created a new seating section located in between the old and new left field walls called the Party City
Party City
Party Deck, renamed the M&M's Sweet Seats in 2016 after change of sponsorship, and can accommodate 102 additional fans.[2] The center and right-center outfield wall were brought in to 380 feet (120 m) for the 2015 season.[26] Features[edit]

Entrance to Citi Field
Citi Field
through the Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Rotunda, with Shea Stadium's Home Run Apple
Home Run Apple
on the right.

Citi Field
Citi Field
has a capacity of 41,922. It has over 15,000 fewer seats than Shea Stadium. All the seats in the park are green – in an homage to the Polo Grounds, longtime home of the baseball Giants and the original home of the Mets – as opposed to Shea's orange, blue, red and green assortment.[27] The exterior facade is reminiscent of Ebbets Field
Ebbets Field
(which was long sought by Mets owner Fred Wilpon, a Brooklyn
native). Citi Field's interior design is primarily influenced by PNC Park, which was the favorite ballpark of Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. Other influences include Great American Ball Park, Coors Field
Coors Field
and Citizens Bank Park. Shea Stadium
Shea Stadium
was the only ballpark in the Major Leagues to feature orange foul poles instead of the standard yellow, a unique characteristic that made its way into Citi Field.[28]

Shea Bridge

Citi Field
Citi Field
features an overarching bridge motif in its architecture, as New York City
New York City
is linked by 2,027 bridges and is reflected in the Mets logo, as the team is the symbolic bridge to the city's past National League
National League
teams, the New York Giants
New York Giants
and the Brooklyn Dodgers.[27] In the outfield section of the ballpark, there is a pedestrian bridge named Shea Bridge which resembles the Hell Gate Bridge.[22] Similar to Shea Stadium, Citi Field's field dimensions make it a pitcher friendly park. The Coca-Cola
Corner, originally known as the Pepsi
Porch, hangs over the field in right field, extending far beyond the indentation of the Clubhouse and is inspired by Tiger Stadium's right field porch. The Pepsi
sign that sat atop the area (2009-2015) was modeled after the one alongside the East River
East River
in Gantry Plaza State Park; it was replaced by Coca-Cola's logo in 2016 upon assuming the role of a Mets sponsor.[29] In 2012, the Mets added the Party City
Party City
Party Deck in left field because they moved the fences in. The Party Deck is very similar to The Royals' Pepsi
Party Porch. Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines
signed a multiyear deal on September 15, 2008, to sponsor an exclusive section in Citi Field. The Delta Sky360 Club is a 22,500-square-foot (2,090 m2) restaurant-cafe-bar-lounge complex that also houses 1,600 premium seats behind home plate stretching from dugout to dugout.[30] Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson

The interior of the Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson

The front entrance of Citi Field
Citi Field
features a rotunda named after Brooklyn
Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
and honors his life and accomplishments. Engraved into the rotunda's 160-foot-diameter (49 m) floor and etched into the archways are words and larger-than-life images that defined Robinson's nine values: Courage, Excellence, Persistence, Justice, Teamwork, Commitment, Citizenship, Determination and Integrity.[28] Robinson's famous quote: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives", is engraved into the upper ring of the rotunda. There is also an 8-foot (2.4 m) sculpture of Robinson's number 42.[27] The formal dedication of the Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Rotunda was held as part of Major League Baseball's official celebration of Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Day on April 15, 2009.[31] Home Run Apples[edit] Further information: Home Run Apple

Citi Field's Home Run Apple
Home Run Apple
located in center field.

Another tradition from Shea Stadium
Shea Stadium
making an appearance in Citi Field is the Home Run Apple. When a Mets player hits a home run, a giant apple, which has a Mets logo on the front that lights up, rises from its housing in the center field batter's eye. The new apple that has been constructed for Citi Field
Citi Field
is more than four times the size of the previous one and was designed by Minneapolis-based engineering firm Uni-Systems.[32] Shea's original apple was located inside Citi Field's bullpen entrance gate for the 2009 season. In 2010, the Shea apple was relocated outside the ballpark at Mets Plaza, in between the Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Rotunda and the entrance to the Mets–Willets Point subway station.[33] Amenities and facilities[edit] Behind the center field scoreboard is the FanFest area, an expanded family entertainment area that includes a miniature wiffleball field replica of Citi Field
Citi Field
called Mr. Met's Kiddie Field, a batting cage, a dunk tank, video game kiosks and other attractions.[34][35] Citi Field
Citi Field
offers a wide choice of eateries. Taste of the City is a food court located in the center field section of the ballpark. It features food from restaurateur Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group and includes a variety of stands, including Shake Shack (burgers, fries, shakes), Blue Smoke (barbecue), El Verano Taqueria (Mexican cuisine), Catch of the Day (featuring seafood from chef Dave Pasternack of Esca) and Box Frites (Belgian French fries).[27][36] The World's Fare Market is located on the field level in right field and features sushi from Daruma of Tokyo, sandwiches and pastries from Mama's of Corona, Chinese cuisine from Tai Pan Bakery and Korean food from Café Hanover.[36][37] Citi Field
Citi Field
also offers a choice of fresh fruit at several stands around the stadium.[38] In 2010 Citi Field upgraded the food choices on the Promenade Level behind home plate. Blue Smoke BBQ and Box Frites both open a second location. Restaurants and clubs are also available in every level of the ballpark. The 350-seat Acela Club (now Porsche Grill) located in left field on the Excelsior Level, is the dining highlight of the new park and features a full view of the playing field as well as food from Drew Nieporent's Myriad Restaurant Group, renowned for Nobu
and Tribeca Grill.[27] Admission into the high-end luxury Porsche Grill and Delta Sky360 Club, and including the other semi-luxury clubs are exclusive to high-end ticket holders only, and some restaurants enforce that reservations be made. A McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon opened at Citi Field
Citi Field
in 2010. It is located directly under the Good Humor FanFest and is open to the public year-round.[39][40]

Mets Hall of Fame & Museum[edit]

The original Mr. Met
Mr. Met
costume is one of the many exhibits on display at the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum.

David Cone's jersey from his 19 strikeout game on October 6, 1991, housed in the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum

The Mets Hall of Fame & Museum is located adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda on the first base side and opened on April 5, 2010. The museum includes plaques honoring the inductees of the New York Mets Hall of Fame, the team's World Series
World Series
trophies from 1969 and 1986, as well as artifacts on loan from noted collectors, former players and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.[41] The museum boasts several displays including autographed memorabilia, original scouting reports on players such as Darryl Strawberry, and handwritten notes from the team's first manager Casey Stengel. In addition to this the team has installed interactive touchscreens that guide visitors through various aspects of the franchise's 50-year history, and there are television screens and timelines that help weave all the disparate elements into a cohesive narrative. Public opinion[edit]

The ballpark has also been used for amateur baseball games on TV and in movies.

The Scoreboard Operations booth. It is visible to fans through a window on the concourse of the Excelsior level.

Business Insider
Business Insider
praised the stadium for its aesthetics and named it one of the top 100 venues in sports, while BaseballParks.com called it "perfect" and especially lauded the Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Rotunda.[42] Reviewers have also praised the many culinary offerings at Citi Field's concession stands.[43][44][45] Despite the modern amenities, Citi Field
Citi Field
has not been without criticism. Most notable have been fan complaints of obstructed views, as well as Mets fans' outrage at overemphasis on the celebration of the Brooklyn
Dodgers' legacy over the history of the Mets.[46][47][48] Mets owner Fred Wilpon, a Brooklyn
native, had grown up a Brooklyn Dodgers fan and admitted to going overboard; Jeffrey Toobin
Jeffrey Toobin
wrote in The New Yorker,

“ When Citi Field
Citi Field
opened, the Brooklyn
focus drew some criticism. After all, the Dodgers left Brooklyn
in 1957, and Ebbets Field
Ebbets Field
was demolished shortly thereafter. Only the very oldest fans have any first-hand memory of the place. The Mets, who had been in existence for almost a half century, were virtually ignored in their own home. 'All the Dodger stuff—that was an error of judgment on my part,' Wilpon told me.[49] ”

In response to these criticisms, the team installed photographic imagery of famous players and historic moments in Mets history on the Field and Promenade levels as well as the display of team championship banners on the left-field wall during the 2009 season. They also constructed a Mets Hall of Fame and Museum prior to the 2010 season, located adjacent to the Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Rotunda, and changed the color of the outfield wall from black to Mets blue prior to the 2012 season, which many Mets fans had campaigned for.[50] The team also worked on fixing the obstructed views in the Promenade level.[51] During its first three seasons in existence, Citi Field
Citi Field
was known to play as a "pitcher's park", and has been cited as the cause of the decreased offensive production of David Wright
David Wright
and Jason Bay. Wright hit only 10 home runs in 2009 after hitting at least 30 in the previous two seasons,[52] while Bay had the worst offensive production of his career in his first season with the Mets in 2010, only hitting 6 home runs, 47 RBIs, and OBP of just .347, and a slugging percentage of a career low .402.[53] Jeff Francoeur, who played with the Mets during their first two years at Citi Field, criticized the ballpark's dimensions, calling it "a damn joke."[54] During the 2011 season, Citi Field allowed 1.33 home runs per game, the third lowest total out of the 16 National League
National League
ballparks.[25] The team responded by altering the ballpark dimensions for the 2012 season, creating a more neutral ballpark. Wright's 2012 offensive numbers have improved due to the alterations. "It's a huge difference", Wright said. "It allows you to relax and know you don't have to try to hit the ball a mile to see results. And at the same time, if you do hit the ball well and you see results, instead of a 400-foot flyout, you're 1-for-1 and feeling good about yourself."[55]

Access and transportation[edit]

Attractions and Geographical Features of Flushing Meadows–Corona Park

[Full screen]

view talk edit

Attractions and geographical features of Flushing Meadows–Corona Park:


Citi Field


Flushing Meadows Carousel


Flushing Meadows Natatorium


Flushing River
Flushing River
and Creek


Meadow Lake


Mets–Willets Point (LIRR and subway stations)


National Tennis Center


New York Hall of Science


New York State Pavilion, Queens
Theatre in the Park and Queens






Willow Lake


World's Fair station (demolished)

Citi Field
Citi Field
is serviced by the IRT Flushing Line
IRT Flushing Line
at the Mets – Willets Point station.

Citi Field
Citi Field
is located in the borough of Queens, adjacent to the neighborhoods of Corona, which lies to its west, and Willets Point and Flushing to the east. Flushing Bay
Flushing Bay
is to the north, and the rest of Flushing Meadows–Corona Park
Flushing Meadows–Corona Park
is to the south. Because it lies within the Flushing postal zone, and because of its location in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Citi Field
Citi Field
is frequently referred to as being in Flushing proper. Citi Field
Citi Field
is accessible via mass transit systems such as the New York City Subway via the IRT Flushing Line
IRT Flushing Line
(7 and <7>​ trains) at the Mets – Willets Point station, and the Long Island Rail Road station on the Port Washington Branch
Port Washington Branch
also called Mets – Willets Point. New York Water Taxi
New York Water Taxi
operates a free ferry to the stadium from Pier 11/Wall Street
Pier 11/Wall Street
and the East 34th Street Ferry Landing
East 34th Street Ferry Landing
before every game.[56] For selected games, SeaStreak
provides ferry service between Highlands, New Jersey
Highlands, New Jersey
and the stadium. Both ferry services use the slips at the World's Fair Marina, located approximately 0.25 miles (0.40 km) north of Citi Field. The park is also close to several major thoroughfares, including the Grand Central Parkway, the Whitestone and Van Wyck Expressways, the Long Island Expressway, Roosevelt Avenue, Northern Boulevard and Astoria Boulevard. Citi Field
Citi Field
is near to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where the annual US Open grand-slam tennis tournament is held. Since the construction of Citi Field
Citi Field
began, satellite parking lots in Flushing Meadow Park (access from College Point Boulevard) have been opened.

Attendance records[edit] Overall[edit] Bold indicates the winner of each game.

Highest attendance at Citi Field

Rank Attendance Date Game result Notes

1 45,186 July 16, 2013 National League
National League
0, American League
American League
3 2013 MLB All Star Game

2 44,859 November 1, 2015 Mets 2, Royals 7 (12 innings) 2015 World Series
2015 World Series
(Game 5)

3 44,815 October 31, 2015 Mets 3, Royals 5 2015 World Series
2015 World Series
(Game 4)

4 44,781 October 30, 2015 Mets 9, Royals 3 2015 World Series
2015 World Series
(Game 3)

5 44,747 October 5, 2016 Mets 0, Giants 3 2016 National League
National League
Wild Card Game

6 44,502 October 18, 2015 Mets 4, Cubs 1 2015 NLCS

7 44,466 April 30, 2016 Mets 6, Giants 5 Regular season record

8 44,384 April 3, 2017 Mets 6, Braves 0 2017 Opening Day

9 44,287 October 17, 2015 Mets 4, Cubs 2 2015 NLCS

10 44,276 October 12, 2015 Mets 13, Dodgers 7 2015 NLDS

11 44,189 March 29, 2018 Mets 9, Cardinals 4 2018 Opening Day

12 44,183 October 13, 2015 Mets 1, Dodgers 3 2015 NLDS

Regular Season[edit] Bold indicates the winner of each game.

Highest regular season attendance at Citi Field

Rank Attendance Date Game result Notes

1 44,466 April 30, 2016 Mets 6, Giants 5

2 44,384 April 3, 2017 Mets 6, Braves 0

2017 Home Opener

3 44,189 March 29, 2018 Mets 9, Cardinals 4 2018 Home Opener

4 44,099 April 8, 2016 Mets 7, Phillies 2 2016 Home Opener

5 43,947 April 13, 2015 Mets 2, Phillies 0 2015 Home Opener

6 43,630 September 19, 2015 Mets 0, Yankees 5

7 43,602 September 18, 2015 Mets 5, Yankees 1

8 43,571 September 20, 2015 Mets 2, Yankees 11

9 43,462 May 27, 2016 Mets 6, Dodgers 5

10 43,255 August 29, 2015 Mets 1, Red Sox 3

11 42,996 August 1, 2015 Mets 3, Nationals 2

12 42,516 July 3, 2012 Mets 11, Phillies 1

Progression[edit] Bold indicates the winner of each game.

Progression of attendance records at Citi Field

Regular Season Mets Overall

41,007 – April 13, 2009 Mets 5, Padres 6

41,103 – May 25, 2009 Mets 5, Nationals 2

41,221 – June 25, 2009 Mets 3, Cardinals 2

41,278 – June 26, 2009 Mets 1, Yankees 9

41,302 – June 27, 2009 Mets 0, Yankees 5

41,315 – June 28, 2009 Mets 2, Yankees 5

41,382 – May 21, 2010 Mets 1, Yankees 2

41,422 – May 23, 2010 Mets 6, Yankees 4

42,020 – July 1, 2011 Mets 1, Yankees 5

42,042 – July 2, 2011 Mets 2, Yankees 5

42,080 – April 5, 2012 Mets 1, Braves 0

42,122 – June 23, 2012 Mets 3, Yankees 4

42,364 – June 24, 2012 Mets 5, Yankees 6

42,516 – July 3, 2012 Mets 11, Phillies 1

42,516 – July 3, 2012 Mets 11, Phillies 1 45,186 – July 16, 2013 N.L. 0, A.L. 3 2013 All Star Game

43,947 – April 13, 2015 Mets 2, Phillies 0

43,947 – April 13, 2015 Mets 2, Phillies 0 44,276 – October 12, 2015 Mets 13, Dodgers 7 2015 NLDS Game 3

44,287 – October 17, 2015 Mets 4, Cubs 1 2015 NLCS Game 1

44,502 – October 18, 2015 Mets 4, Cubs 1 2015 NLCS Game 2

44,781 – October 30, 2015 Mets 9, Royals 3 2015 World Series
2015 World Series
Game 3

44,781 – October 31, 2015 Mets 3, Royals 5 2015 World Series
2015 World Series
Game 4

44,859 – November 1, 2015 Mets 2, Royals 7 (12 innings) 2015 World Series
2015 World Series
Game 5

44,099 – April 8, 2016 Mets 7, Phillies 2 44,859 – November 1, 2015 Mets 2, Royals 7 (12 innings) 2015 World Series
2015 World Series
Game 5

44,466 – April 30, 2016 Mets 6, Giants 5

Naming rights[edit] On November 13, 2006, it was officially announced that the ballpark would be called Citi Field, named for Citigroup
Inc. Citigroup
will be paying $20 million a year for the naming rights to the park over the next 20 years. This made Citi Field
Citi Field
the second major league sports venue in the New York metropolitan area
New York metropolitan area
and the first in the city itself to be named for a corporate sponsor. At the time, the Meadowlands Arena
Meadowlands Arena
in New Jersey's Meadowlands Sports Complex
Meadowlands Sports Complex
had carried the Continental Airlines
Continental Airlines
name; since then Prudential Center
Prudential Center
in Newark, MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium
in East Rutherford, Red Bull Arena in Harrison, and Barclays Center
Barclays Center
in Brooklyn
have all opened under corporate sponsorship. The deal includes an option on both sides to extend the contract to 40 years, and is the most expensive sports-stadium naming rights agreement ever, subsequently equaled by MetLife Stadium's $400 million deal.[57] At the groundbreaking for Citi Field, it was announced that the main entrance, modeled on the one in Brooklyn's old Ebbets Field, would be called the Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Rotunda, possibly due to campaigns to forgo naming rights revenue and name the ballpark after Robinson. The Mets are spending more than $600 million for the new ballpark, which New York City and New York state are also supporting with a total of $165 million for such costs as infrastructure and site preparation. On February 24, 2008, the Mets and Citigroup
unveiled the new Citi Field logo.[58] Controversy[edit]

Jonathan Lethem
Jonathan Lethem
at Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street
protesting the naming rights given to Citigroup, November 2011

Both Citigroup[59] and the Mets[60] maintain that the naming rights deal is secure, despite Citigroup's economic troubles. This deal has been criticized in light of the late-2000s financial crisis and the $45 billion of taxpayer funds allocated to Citigroup
by the U.S. federal government in two separate rescue packages, prompting New York City Council members Vincent Ignizio
Vincent Ignizio
and James Oddo
James Oddo
to suggest that the new ballpark be called "Citi/Taxpayer Field."[61] Radio talk show host Brian Lehrer
Brian Lehrer
suggested the name "Debits Field" which combines baseball history with public outrage over the Citi bailout.[62] Congressman Elijah Cummings
Elijah Cummings
of Maryland, who serves on the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, stated in regards to the Citi Field
Citi Field
naming rights deal, "This type of spending is indefensible and unacceptable to Citigroup's new partner and largest investor: the American taxpayer.... I strongly urge Citigroup to find a way out of this contract and instead spend that $400 million on retaining its employees and restoring confidence in its operations."[63][64][65] On January 29, 2009, congressmen Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Ted Poe
Ted Poe
of Texas sent a letter to United States Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner
Timothy F. Geithner
urging him to scrap Citigroup's $400 million naming rights deal. "We request that you intervene and demand that Citigroup
dissolve the agreement they have with the New York Mets," reads the letter. "Absent this outcome, we feel strongly that you should compel Citigroup
to return immediately all federal monies received to date, as well as cancel all loan guarantees."[66][67] However, Geithner rejected congressional demands to cancel the naming rights deal.[68] The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
reported on February 3, 2009, that Citigroup considered breaking the naming rights deal. Citi has stated that no government TARP funds would be used in the sponsorship deal.[69] The naming rights controversy reemerged when details about owner Fred Wilpon's involvement in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme
Ponzi scheme
came to light when a lawsuit was filed on behalf of victims of Madoff's investment scandal in 2011.[70] Citi Field
Citi Field

Opening Night at Citi Field
Citi Field
on April 13, 2009. The Mets sold out the game.

Statistic Regular season Postseason

Score April 13, 2009 Padres 6, Mets 5 October 12, 2015 Mets 13, Dodgers 7

Ceremonial First Pitch Tom Seaver
Tom Seaver
to Mike Piazza Rusty Staub

First Pitch Mike Pelfrey Matt Harvey

First Batter Jody Gerut
Jody Gerut
(Padres) * Howie Kendrick
Howie Kendrick

First Home Run Jody Gerut
Jody Gerut
(Padres) * Travis d'Arnaud

First Win Edward Mujica
Edward Mujica
(Padres) Matt Harvey

First Save Heath Bell
Heath Bell
(Padres) Kenley Jansen
Kenley Jansen
(Dodgers) (October 13)

First Loss Brian Stokes Brett Anderson (Dodgers)

* Home run hit in first at bat. Notable firsts[edit]

Statistic Date Player(s)/Team(s)

First Game March 29, 2009 Georgetown Hoyas 6, St. John's Red Storm
St. John's Red Storm

Ceremonial First Pitch March 29, 2009 John Franco

First Hit March 29, 2009 Tom Elliott (Georgetown)

First Save March 29, 2009 Jack Bender (Georgetown)

First Home Run March 29, 2009 Sean Lamont (Georgetown)[71]

First Grand Slam April 27, 2009 Omir Santos

First Inside the Park Home Run August 23, 2009 Ángel Pagán

First No Hitter June 1, 2012 Johan Santana

First Postseason Game October 12, 2015 Mets 13, Dodgers 7

First World Series
World Series
Game October 30, 2015 Mets 9, Royals 3

Stadium comparison[edit]

In its opening season, Citi Field
Citi Field
drew over 3.1 million fans with a game average of 92.7% of seats filled, 4th best in baseball.

Memorial in the Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Rotunda inside Citi Field, dedicated April 15, 2009

Stadium Name Shea Stadium Citi Field

Opening Day April 17, 1964 April 13, 2009

Capacity 57,405 41,922 (45,000 with standing room)

Seat width 19" to 20", 19" average 19" to 24", 21" average

Legroom 32" 33" to 39"

Average concourse width 21 ft (6.4 m). 43 ft (13 m).

Wheelchair seating 174 830

Club seating 4,327[72] 7,800

Luxury suites 45 54

Restaurants (total capacity) 2 (528) 4 (3,334)

Team store 2,600 sq ft (240 m2). 7,201 sq ft (669.0 m2).

Public concourse toilets 568 (217W/345M/6F) 646 (305W/327M/14F)

Attendee per toilet ratio 101 70

Public elevators 4 (Otis Traction) 11 (9 Otis Gen2, and 2 Otis Hydraulic)

Field dimensions (feet) Left field line – 338 Left field 1 – 358 Left Field 2 – 371 Left center – 396 Center field – 410 Right center – 396 Right field 2 – 371 Right field 1 – 358 Right field line – 338 Left field line – 335 Left field (2009–2011) – 371 Left Field – 358 Left center (2009–2011) – 384 Left center – 385 Center field – 408 Right center (2009–2011) – 415 Right center – 390 Right field (2009–2011) – 378 Right field – 375 Right field line – 330

Notable events[edit]

April 13, 2009 – In the first Mets game ever played at Citi Field, Jody Gerut
Jody Gerut
of the San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres
hit a home run off Mike Pelfrey
Mike Pelfrey
as the first batter of the game, becoming the first player in Major League Baseball history to open a ballpark with a leadoff home run.[73] April 17, 2009 – Gary Sheffield
Gary Sheffield
hit his 500th home run against the Milwaukee Brewers, becoming the first player to reach this milestone as a pinch hitter. It was Sheffield's first home run as a Met, which made Sheffield the first player to hit number 500 as his first home run with a new team.[74] June 28, 2009 – Mariano Rivera
Mariano Rivera
of the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
recorded his 500th career save, becoming only the second relief pitcher to reach this milestone. The Mets gave Rivera the pitching rubber from Citi Field used in the game in honor of his achievement. (Rivera's only RBI, on a bases-loaded walk, also occurred in the game.)[75] September 11, 2011 – Citi Field
Citi Field
hosted a nationally televised game against the Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
to mark the tenth anniversary of the attacks of that day in 2001. The pregame ceremonies featured members of the 2001 team who played at Shea Stadium
Shea Stadium
on September 21, 2001, the first major sporting event held in New York City
New York City
since the attacks.[76][77] June 1, 2012 – Johan Santana
Johan Santana
threw the first no-hitter in Mets franchise history in a 8-0 victory over the St. Louis
St. Louis
Cardinals, ending a 50-year drought, the longest in Major League Baseball.[78][79] July 16, 2013 – Citi Field
Citi Field
hosted the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, with the American League
American League
defeating the National League 3-0. The attendance of 45,186 was the largest in Citi Field's history. June 9, 2015 – Chris Heston of the San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants
threw a no-hitter in a 5-0 victory over the Mets. October 3, 2015 – Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer
of the Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals
threw a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over the Mets, becoming the fifth pitcher in major league history to throw two no hitters in a season. October 12, 2015 – Citi Field
Citi Field
hosted its first playoff game, with the Mets defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers
13-7 in Game 3 of the 2015 NLDS. October 30, 2015 – Citi Field
Citi Field
hosted its first World Series
World Series
game, with the Mets defeating the Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
9-3 in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series. November 1, 2015 – The Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
won the 2015 World Series, their first World Series
World Series
championship since the 1985 World Series
World Series
with a 7-2 Game 5 victory over the Mets in 12 innings. July 30, 2016 - In a pre-game ceremony before a 7-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Mike Piazza's #31 was retired, only the second time in club history that the Mets retired a player's number. October 5, 2016 - The San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants
defeated the Mets 3-0 in the 2016 National League
National League
Wild Card Game. September 11–13, 2017 - A three-game series between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays
was moved from Tropicana Field
Tropicana Field
to Citi Field due to Hurricane Irma. The Rays were designated the "home" team during this three game series. These were the first Major League Baseball games to be played at Citi Field
Citi Field
that did not involve the New York Mets. Additionally, these were the first games played in Flushing under AL rules (excluding the 2013 All-Star Game) since April 1998, when the Yankees played a "home" game at Shea Stadium, after a beam caused structural damage at the original Yankee Stadium, and during the 1974 and 1975 seasons, while Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium
was being renovated.

Other events[edit] Concerts[edit]

Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Notes

July 17, 2009 Paul McCartney The Script Summer Live '09 109,541 / 109,541 $12,775,662 Good Evening New York City

July 18, 2009

July 21, 2009

July 16, 2010 Dave Matthews Band Zac Brown Band Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews Band
2010 U.S. Tour 70,716 / 75,450 $2,302,848 The July 17 show was filmed for Live in New York City

July 17, 2010

August 21, 2010 Billy Joel N/A Last Play at Shea N/A N/A Documentary film premiered at Citi Field[80]

July 20, 2012 Daughtry Mike Sanchez SafetySuit Break the Spell Tour N/A N/A This concert was part of "The Mets Concert Series".

June 6, 2015 Demi Lovato N/A Demi World Tour N/A N/A This concert was part of DigiFest.[81]

July 15, 2015 Foo Fighters Royal Blood Sonic Highways World Tour 67,525 / 82,392 $4,611,456

July 16, 2015

August 21, 2015 Zac Brown Band Drake White Jekyll and Hyde Tour 59,715 / 59,715 $4,192,860

August 22, 2015

June 7, 2016 Beyoncé DJ Khaled The Formation World Tour 73,486 / 73,486 $11,461,340 During the first show, Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, Remy Ma, Fat Joe, French Montana
French Montana
and Travis Scott joined DJ Khaled
DJ Khaled
during the opening act.[82] During the second show, French Montana, Ty Dolla $ign, Yo Gotti, Fabolous, Tinashe, Kent Jones, Swizz Beatz
Swizz Beatz
and The Lox joined DJ Khaled
DJ Khaled
during the opening act.[83]

June 8, 2016

June 25, 2016 Dead & Company N/A Dead & Company Summer Tour 2016 49,745 / 69,370 $5,145,264

June 26, 2016

August 19, 2016 Zac Brown Band Drake White & The Big Fire Black Out the Sun Tour 38,778 / 38,778 $3,265,889

June 24, 2017 Dead & Company N/A Dead & Company Summer Tour 2017 27,299 / 27,299 $4,032,321

July 29, 2017 Eagles The Doobie Brothers Steely Dan N/A The Classic East 76,638 / 81,223 $16,036,665

July 30, 2017 Fleetwood Mac Earth, Wind & Fire Journey

August 28, 2017 Lady Gaga DJ White Shadow Joanne World Tour 69,978 / 69,978 $9,520,390

August 29, 2017

September 17, 2017 Red Hot Chili Peppers N/A The Getaway World Tour N/A N/A This show was part of The Meadows Music & Arts Festival.

Mets Concert Series post-game concerts (2012-2016)[edit] Between 2012 and 2016, the Mets had a post-game concert series entitled "Mets Concert Series" after selected games. Unlike the concerts where the performance was the sole attraction of the evening, "Mets Concert Series" events were considered promotional dates, and admission to the concert was included in the price of the game ticket. The stage was set up in the grassy part of the field just beyond second base. 2012[84] 6/15/12 - REO Speedwagon
REO Speedwagon
(following game v. Cincinnati) 7/20/12 - Daughtry (following game v. Los Angeles) 8/10/12 - MercyMe
(following game v. Atlanta) 2013[85] 6/14/13 - Foreigner (following game v. Chicago
Cubs) 7/19/13 - Nas
(following game v. Philadelphia) 8/2/13 - O.A.R.
(following game v. Kansas City) 8/23/13 - Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind
(following game v. Detroit) 2014[86] 6/14/14 - 50 Cent
50 Cent
(following game v. San Diego) 7/12/14 - Huey Lewis and the News
Huey Lewis and the News
(following game v. Miami) 8/16/14 - Boys II Men
Boys II Men
(following game v. Chicago
Cubs) 9/27/14 - Austin Mahone
Austin Mahone
(following game v. Houston) 2015[87] 6/28/15 - Steve Miller Band
Steve Miller Band
(following game v. Cincinnati) 7/25/15 - Heart (following game v. Los Angeles) 8/15/15 - NE-YO
(following game v. Pittsburgh) 2016[88] 6/18/16 - Andy Grammer
Andy Grammer
(following game v. Atlanta) 8/13/16 - Styx (following game v. San Diego) Citi Field
Citi Field
soccer matches[edit]

Date Winning Team Result Losing Team Tournament Spectators

June 7, 2011  Ecuador 1–1  Greece Friendly 39,656

July 26, 2011 Juventus 1–0 Club América World Football Challenge 20,859

August 15, 2012  Ecuador 3–0  Chile Friendly 31,901

June 2, 2013  Israel 2–0  Honduras 26,170

October 22, 2017 NYCFC 2-2 Columbus Crew Major League Soccer 20,113

Other sports events[edit] The inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic was played at Citi Field on March 17, 2013, only the second time a major-league baseball stadium has staged college lacrosse, according to the Mets. In 1971, Navy played Johns Hopkins at the Houston Astrodome. Holy Cross played Navy at noon, followed by Colgate-Michigan at 3 p.m.[89] Holy Cross defeated Navy 7–5 and Colgate defeated Michigan 10–7, before a crowd of 15,656.[90][91] On June 7, 2015, the first "Legends of Wrestling" event took place at Citi Field. It was a professional wrestling event, featuring veteran wrestlers such as Rob Van Dam, Lita, The Nasty Boys, Scott Steiner, and many more independent professional wrestlers, in up to six matches taking place; the event was headlined by Ric Flair, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, and Bill Goldberg. On November 7, 2015, Citi Field
Citi Field
hosted the first game of the Cricket All-Stars Series 2015, featuring many retired cricket players from around the world and led by great cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar
and Shane Warne. Warne's Warriors defeated Sachin's Blasters by 6 wickets. On January 1, 2018, Citi Field
Citi Field
hosted the 2018 NHL Winter Classic between the New York Rangers
New York Rangers
and the Buffalo Sabres. The Rangers won the game 3-2 in overtime. The Sabres were the designated home team for the game, as the Rangers' home arena of Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
would lose its property tax exemption from the City of New York if any Rangers home games are not played there.[92] In popular culture[edit] Citi Field
Citi Field
was featured in the finale of the third season of Ugly Betty. Citi Field
Citi Field
was also featured as a location in the film Sharknado 2: The Second One, in which a tornado filled with sharks hits the ballpark.[93] The field was featured in the CSI: NY Episode Hammer Down during the CSI: Trilogy, a three-night crossover event between CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY. See also[edit]

Baseball portal New York City
New York City

Shea Stadium, the home of the Mets from 1964 to 2008 Yankee Stadium, a baseball stadium in The Bronx
The Bronx
for the New York Yankees, which opened in April 2009 Prudential Center, an arena in Newark, New Jersey
New Jersey
for the New Jersey Devils, which opened in October 2007 Barclays Center, an arena in Brooklyn
for the Brooklyn
Nets and the New York Islanders, which opened in September 2012 MetLife Stadium, a football stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
New Jersey
for the New York Giants
New York Giants
and New York Jets, which opened in April 2010 Red Bull Arena, a soccer stadium in Harrison, New Jersey
New Jersey
for the New York Red Bulls, which opened in March 2010


^ The Mets own the ballpark through a sub-company known as Queens Ballpark Company LLC (see Queens
Ballpark Company financial report). That's because the land the ballpark was built on is owned by New York City and is leased to the Mets. The company is in charge of managing the lease and making sure it is paid on time each year. ^ a b Belson, Ken; Sandomir, Richard (April 3, 2012). "Mets Hope New Design at Citi Field
Citi Field
Brings Back the Long Ball". The New York Times. Retrieved April 4, 2012.  ^ "American 3, National 0". MLB.com. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013.  ^ "Boxscore: Kansas City vs. New York, Game 3". October 24, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2015.  ^ Walker, Ben, ed. (30 April 2016). "Cain's winless streak reaches 12, Giants lose to Mets 6-5". The News & Observer. Retrieved 30 April 2016. [permanent dead link] ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.  ^ a b c Smilow, Jeffrey; Thompson, Allen (August 2009). "New Era in New York" (PDF). Modern Steel Construction. Retrieved September 19, 2011.  ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2015-09-17.  ^ Bagli, Charles V. (November 4, 2008). "As Stadiums Rise, So Do Costs to Taxpayers". The New York Times. Retrieved January 9, 2010.  ^ Bagli, Charles V. (December 8, 2008). "As Stadiums' Costs Rise, City Agrees to New Bond Offerings". The New York Times. Retrieved January 9, 2010.  ^ Robinson, Joshua (March 29, 2009). "Fans Savor Sneak Peek of Citi Field, Even if Mets Aren't There". The New York Times. Retrieved February 25, 2010.  ^ DiComo, Anthony (December 17, 2008). "Two Exhibition Games Set for Citi Field". MLB.com. Retrieved October 6, 2009.  ^ DiComo, Anthony (May 16, 2012). "Mets to Host 2013 All-Star Game at Citi. Field". Mets.com. Retrieved May 16, 2012.  ^ Smith, Curt (2001). Storied Stadiums. New York City: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-1187-6.  ^ Sandomir, Richard (April 24, 1998). "Mets Unveil Model Stadium: Its Roof Moves, as Does Grass". The New York Times. Retrieved May 21, 2010.  ^ a b "Bonus Season for Baseball". The New York Times. January 17, 2002. Retrieved October 3, 2009.  ^ a b c d Bagli, Charles V. (January 16, 2002). "Bloomberg Says Details On Stadiums Were Omitted". The New York Times. Retrieved October 3, 2009.  ^ Levy, Nicole; Chiwaya, Nigel (August 16, 2016). "How NYC's Failed 2012 Olympic Bid Shaped the City We Live in Today". DNAinfo.com. Archived from the original on August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.  ^ Bloom, Barry M. (September 27, 2008). " Citi Field
Citi Field
Nearing Completion". MLB.com. Retrieved October 6, 2009.  ^ Shpigel, Ben (December 2, 2008). " Citi Field
Citi Field
Starting to Look Like a Real Ballpark". The New York Times. Retrieved December 3, 2008.  ^ Costa, Brian (November 13, 2009). "Mets Renovating Bullpen
Area at Citi Field". The Star-Ledger. Newark. Retrieved November 13, 2009.  ^ a b "Mets Expand Club Presence at Citi Field" (Press release). New York Mets. November 21, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2009.  ^ Rubin, Adam (February 9, 2010). "Mets' Citi Field
Citi Field
to Become More Homer-Friendly Next Season; Center-Field Wall Gets Chopped to 8 Feet". Daily News. New York. Retrieved February 9, 2010.  ^ Puma, Mike (September 21, 2011). "Mets Ready to Move Citi Field Fences". New York Post. Retrieved September 21, 2011.  ^ a b Rubin, Adam (October 21, 2011). "Source: Citi Field
Citi Field
changes on tap". ESPNNewYork.com. Retrieved October 21, 2011.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-19. Retrieved 2011-10-31.  ^ a b c d e " Citi Field
Citi Field
– The Amazin' New Ballpark". Daily News. New York. August 26, 2009. Archived from the original on May 9, 2009. Retrieved July 9, 2010.  ^ a b Lupica, Matt (2012). The Baseball Stadium Insider: A Comprehensive Dissection of All Thirty Ballparks, the Legendary Players, and the Memorable Moments. United States: iUniverse. p. 480. ISBN 9781462083664.  ^ Price, Bill (April 12, 2009). " Pepsi
Porch Great for Mets Fans, but Maybe Not for Ryan Church". Daily News. New York. Retrieved October 3, 2009.  ^ Collins, Glenn (March 24, 2009). "For Mets Fans, a Menu Beyond Peanuts and Cracker Jack". The New York Times. Retrieved March 24, 2009.  ^ "Robinson family, Mets, Citi, Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Foundation, Major League Baseball, Government Leaders Dedicate Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Rotunda at Citi Field" (Press release). New York Mets. April 15, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2009.  ^ "Two MN Companies Keep Baseball Tradition Alive". KEYC-TV News. January 20, 2009. Archived from the original on January 24, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2009.  ^ Albanese, Laura (March 26, 2010). " Home Run Apple
Home Run Apple
A Core Value for Mets Fans". Newsday. Retrieved March 27, 2010.  ^ " Citi Field
Citi Field
Information: A-to-Z Guide". New York Mets. Retrieved September 3, 2011.  ^ " Citi Field
Citi Field
Fan Map: Field Level". New York Mets. Retrieved September 3, 2011.  ^ a b "Mets and Aramark Unveil All-Star Dining Line-up for 2010 at Citi Field" (Press release). New York Mets. March 24, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2010.  ^ Miller, Dan (September 23, 2009). "Mets Unveil Asian, Korean and Chinese Food Samples at CitiField World's Fair Market". The Queens Gazette. Retrieved March 26, 2010.  ^ Fernandez, Manny (August 29, 2009). "Buy Me Some Peanuts and Nectarines". The New York Times. Retrieved October 3, 2009.  ^ "McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon To Open at Citi Field" (Press release). New York Mets. February 25, 2010. Retrieved February 5, 2012.  ^ "Welcome – McFadden's Ballpark NY". Mcfaddenscitifield.com. Retrieved September 3, 2011.  ^ "Mets Hall of Fame & Museum opens this Monday, April 5, Opening Day at Citi Field" (Press release). New York Mets. April 1, 2010. Retrieved April 2, 2010.  ^ Nachman, Corey (June 9, 2011). "The 100 Best Venues In Sports" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.. Business Insider. ^ Sin, Yvo (July 12, 2013). "The 9 Best Eats At Citi Field, 2013" Archived June 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. CBS News. ^ Castellano, Rob (May 17, 2011). " Citi Field
Citi Field
Food: A Taste Of The Citi" Archived March 15, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.. SB Nation. ^ Castellano, Rob (April 2, 2012). "An In-Depth Look At The Newest Options In Citi Field
Citi Field
Food" Archived March 15, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.. SB Nation. ^ Strang, Katie (April 13, 2009). "Many Fans Unhappy With Bad Views at Citi Field". Newsday. Retrieved October 3, 2009.  ^ Herrmann, Mark (July 13, 2009). "A Tale of Two New Ballparks". Newsday. Retrieved October 3, 2009.  ^ Hirshon, Nicholas (April 20, 2009). "Shea hey, fans protest: Mets faithful say new Citi Field
Citi Field
pays too much tribute to Ebbets". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 2012-07-10.  ^ Toobin, Jeffrey (May 30, 2011). "Madoff's Curveball". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2012-07-10.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2012-07-06.  ^ Rubin, Adam (August 14, 2009). "Mets Adding More Mets to Citi Field". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on August 19, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2009.  ^ Schreiber, Jay (May 11, 2010). "Citi Field's Fingerprints All Over Wright's and Bay's Numbers". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2010.  ^ DiComo, Adam (January 1, 2011). "New Mets Regime Ready for Year of Change". MLB.com. Retrieved January 5, 2011.  ^ McCarron, Anthony (January 22, 2011). "Former Met Jeff Francoeur, Now With Royals, Calls Citi Field
Citi Field
'A Damn Joke'; Mets Get Bullpen Help". Daily News. New York. Retrieved January 22, 2011.  ^ Harper, John (July 7, 2012). "David Wright's spectacular 2012 campaign started in Port St. Lucie, Fla., where he found time to reevaluate swing". Daily News. New York. Retrieved July 10, 2012.  ^ "Delta Mets Baseball Taxi". New York Water Taxi. Archived from the original on November 26, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2011.  ^ Wolf, Barnet D. (April 29, 2007). "The Name Game: Company Banners Flying on More College Stadiums, Arenas". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved May 20, 2007. [permanent dead link] ^ "Mets Honor Robinson at New Home". Daily News. New York. November 14, 2006. Archived from the original on April 27, 2007. Retrieved November 14, 2006.  ^ Brown, Maury (November 22, 2008). "Amidst Near Collapse, Cititgroup Confirms Retaining Naming Rights Deal with Mets". The Biz of Baseball. Archived from the original on December 16, 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2008.  ^ Klayman, Ben (November 21, 2008). " Citigroup
Naming Rights Deal Still in Place-Mets". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved November 22, 2008. [dead link] ^ "Pols Want New Name for Mets Home: Citi/Taxpayer Field". USA Today. November 26, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2008.  ^ Das, Andrew (December 5, 2008). " Citi Field
Citi Field
by Any Other Name, Part II". The New York Times. Retrieved April 14, 2010.  ^ Irwin, Neil (November 24, 2008). "U.S. Offers Citigroup
Expansive Safety Net". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 24, 2008.  ^ Cummings, Elijah (November 14, 2008). "Citigroup's Spending Indefensible and Unacceptable". The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 25, 2008.  ^ Nasaw, Daniel (November 25, 2008). "Baseball Stadium Named for Citigroup
Faces Scrutiny". The Guardian. London. Retrieved November 25, 2008.  ^ Herbert, Keith (January 30, 2009). "Pols Call for Mets to Scrap Citigroup
Naming Rights Deal". Newsday. Retrieved January 30, 2009.  ^ Grim, Ryan (January 29, 2009). "Rename Citi Field: Bipartisan Push In House". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 30, 2009.  ^ Sisk, Richard (February 13, 2009). "Mets Fans Will Have to Deal With Citi Field
Citi Field
As Name of Stadium, Says Rep. Barney Frank". Daily News. New York. Retrieved October 3, 2009.  ^ Enrich, David; Futterman, Matthew; Paletta, Damian (February 3, 2009). "Citi Explores Breaking Mets Deal". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 3, 2009.  ^ Haberman, Clyde (February 7, 2011). "At Citi Field, Stains Are Not From the Grass". The New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2011.  ^ Gagne, Matt (March 29, 2009). "Mets Nowhere in Sight at Citi Field as Georgetown tops St. John's". Daily News. New York. Retrieved March 3, 2011.  ^ 2003 Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
Franchise Directory – SportsBusiness Journal ^ Gagne, Matt (April 14, 2009). "Padres' Jody Gerut
Jody Gerut
Opens Citi Field With a Bang, Homering on Third Pitch". Daily News. New York. Retrieved June 26, 2009.  ^ Ghiroli, Brittany (April 18, 2009). "Sheffield Joins Elite Club With No. 500". MLB.com. Retrieved June 26, 2009.  ^ Waldstein, David (September 29, 2009). "Burnett Looks Sharp as He Prepares for First Postseason". The New York Times. Retrieved October 3, 2009.  ^ DiComo, Anthony; Taube, Aaron (August 31, 2011). "Franco, Piazza Set for First Pitch on Sept. 11". MLB.com. Mets.MLB.com. Retrieved September 4, 2011.  ^ "Mets' Ceremony Honors 9/11". MLB.com. September 11, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2011.  ^ Miller, Steven (June 1, 2012). "No-han! Santana twirls first no-no in Mets history". MLB.com. Retrieved June 1, 2012.  ^ "Santana no-no a long time coming for Mets". ESPN. June 1, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2012.  ^ "Billy Joel's "The Last Play at Shea" movie premieres at Citi Field Saturday, August 21 at 8:00 p.m." (Press release). New York Mets. July 27, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2010.  ^ " Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato
to Headline June 6 DigiFest in New York City: Details". Ryan Seacrest's official website. April 13, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2015.  ^ Oliver, Bobby (June 8, 2016). "Beyoncé's brilliant Citi Field concert was one of the year's most thrilling (PHOTOS)". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved June 10, 2016.  ^ Sacher, Andrew (June 9, 2016). " Beyoncé
played Citi Field
Citi Field
again (night 2 review, pics, setlist)". Brooklyn
Vegan. Retrieved June 10, 2016.  ^ http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nym&y=2012 ^ http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nym&y=2013 ^ http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nym&y=2014 ^ http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nym&y=2015 ^ http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nym&y=2016 ^ " Citi Field
Citi Field
to host Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic". New York Mets. December 17, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2012.  ^ "Lacrosse Box Score (Final)". Holy Cross. March 17, 2013. Archived from the original on April 3, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2013.  ^ "Colgate 10 vs Michigan 7". Colgate. March 17, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2013.  ^ "Sabres 'hosting' 2018 Winter Classic vs. Rangers reportedly saves MSG $40M". cbssports.com. May 12, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.  ^ "A Mets game is postponed by a sharknado in 'Sharknado. 2'". USA Today. July 29, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Citi Field.

Stadium site on Mets.com Citi Field
Citi Field
Construction Photos—Webshots Citi Field
Citi Field
Interior Construction Photos—Webshots Citi Field
Citi Field
Construction Photos—StadiumPage.com Official New York Mets
New York Mets
Website Citi Field
Citi Field
Facts Mets Ballparks from Mets Media Guide Belson, Ken & Sandomir, Richard. "Mets' New Home Is the 'Anti-Shea'," The New York Times, March 5, 2009.

Events and tenants

Preceded by Shea Stadium Home of the New York Mets 2009 – present Succeeded by current

Preceded by Kaufmann Stadium Host of the Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
All-Star Game 2013 Succeeded by Target Field

Preceded by Busch Stadium Host of the NHL Winter Classic 2018 Succeeded by Notre Dame Stadium

Links to related articles

v t e

New York Mets

Based in Queens, New York


History Expansion Draft Seasons Records Players New York Mets
New York Mets
Hall of Fame Award winners and league leaders (Sterling Award) Managers Owners and executives Broadcasters Opening Day
Opening Day
starting pitchers First-round draft picks SportsNet New York Logos and uniforms No-hitters


Polo Grounds Shea Stadium Citi Field

Spring training Al Lang Stadium First Data Field

Culture and lore

New York Metropolitans Continental League Can't Anybody Here Play This Game? Mr. Met Mrs. Met Kiner's Korner Jane Jarvis Michael Sergio "The Boyfriend" (Seinfeld episode) "Ya Gotta Believe!" Home Run Apple Generation K Sign Man Cowbell Man "Meet the Mets" The Odd Couple George Kalinsky Alex Anthony Frequency "A Leela of Her Own" (Futurama episode) "Let's Go Mets Go" Sidd Finch Game 6 Grand Slam Single No-han The 7 Line Army

Key personnel

Owner: Fred Wilpon President: Saul Katz COO: Jeff Wilpon General Manager: Sandy Alderson Manager: Mickey Callaway Team Captain: David Wright


Phillies Atlanta
Braves New York Yankees/Subway Series

World Series Championships (2)

1969 1986

National League Pennants (5)

1969 1973 1986 2000 2015

Division titles (6)

1969 1973 1986 1988 2006 2015

Wild Card (3)

1999 (tie-breaker game) 2000 2016

Minor league affiliates

AAA: Las Vegas 51s AA: Binghamton Rumble Ponies A Adv.: St. Lucie Mets A: Columbia Fireflies Short A: Brooklyn
Cyclones Rookie Adv.: Kingsport Mets Rookie: GCL Mets DSL Mets I DSL Mets II Player overview

Seasons (58)


1960 · 1961 · 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969


1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979


1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989


1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999


2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009


2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

v t e

Current ballparks in Major League Baseball

American League


Fenway Park Oriole Park at Camden Yards Rogers Centre Tropicana Field Yankee Stadium


Comerica Park Guaranteed Rate Field Kauffman Stadium Progressive Field Target Field


Angel Stadium Globe Life Park in Arlington Minute Maid Park Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Safeco Field

National League


Citi Field Citizens Bank Park Marlins Park Nationals Park SunTrust Park


Busch Stadium Great American Ball Park Miller Park PNC Park Wrigley Field


AT&T Park Chase Field Coors Field Dodger Stadium Petco Park

v t e

Sports venues in the New York metropolitan area


The Bronx

Draddy Gymnasium Gaelic Park Rose Hill Gymnasium Van Cortlandt Park Yankee Stadium


Aviator Sports & Events Center Barclays Center MCU Park Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Schwartz Athletic Center Steinberg Wellness Center


Chelsea Piers Columbia Soccer Stadium Icahn Stadium John McEnroe Tennis Academy Levien Gymnasium Madison Square Garden Wien Stadium Rucker Park Sportime Stadium Fort Washington Avenue Armory


Aqueduct Racetrack Belson Stadium Carnesecca Arena Citi Field Metropolitan Oval USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Arthur Ashe Stadium Louis Armstrong Stadium

Louis Armstrong Gymnasium West Side Tennis Club

Staten Island

Richmond County Bank Ballpark Spiro Sports Center Staten Island Cricket

Long Island

Belmont Park Bethpage Ballpark Island Garden James M. Shuart Stadium Mitchel Athletic Complex Nassau County Aquatic Center Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Riverhead Raceway

New Jersey

Arm & Hammer Park Asbury Park Convention Hall Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium Richard J. Codey Arena CURE Insurance Arena FirstEnergy Park Freehold Raceway High Point Solutions Stadium Hinchliffe Stadium Jersey City Armory Louis Brown Athletic Center Mennen Arena Meadowlands Sports Complex

Meadowlands Racetrack MetLife Stadium

Monmouth Park Racetrack MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field Old Bridge Township Raceway Park Princeton University Stadium Prudential Center Red Bull Arena Roberts Stadium Rothman Center TD Bank Ballpark Wall Township Speedway Yanitelli Center Yogi Berra Stadium Yurcak Field


Fleming Field Yonkers Raceway Westchester County Center


Palisades Credit Union Park Rockland Lake State Park


69th Regiment Armory Bloomingdale Park Boyle's Thirty Acres Brighton Beach Race Course Bronx Coliseum Capitoline Grounds Commercial Field Coney Island Velodrome Eastern Park Ebbets Field Elysian Fields Freeport Municipal Stadium Dexter Park Downing Stadium Giants Stadium Gravesend Race Track Harrison Park Hilltop Park Island Garden (Original) Meadowlands Arena Jamaica Racetrack Jerome Park Racetrack Lewisohn Stadium Long Island Arena Louis Armstrong Stadium (1978) Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
(1879) Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
(1890) Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
(1925) Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
Bowl Metropolitan Park Morris Park Racecourse Newark Schools Stadium Newark Velodrome Palmer Stadium Polo Grounds Ridgewood Park Roosevelt Raceway Roosevelt Stadium Ruppert Stadium Rutgers Stadium (1938) St. George Cricket
Grounds Shea Stadium Sheepshead Bay Race Track Singer Bowl Suffolk Meadows Sunnyside Garden Arena Thompson Stadium Union Grounds Washington Park Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium


Belmont Park
Belmont Park
Arena Kingsbridge National Ice Center New York City
New York City
FC Stadium

In progress

Port Imperial Street Circuit

Never built

Proposed domed Brooklyn
Dodgers stadium West Side Stadium Bergen Ballpark The Lighthouse Project New York Cosmos Stadium

v t e

Subway Series


American Association


American League

New York Yankees

National League

Dodgers New York Giants New York Mets



Ebbets Field


Polo Grounds


Shea Stadium


Yankee Stadium


Bridegrooms–Giants Giants–Yankees Dodgers–Yankees Mets–Yankees

World Series




1921 1922 1923 1936 1937 1951


1941 1947 1949 1952 1953 1955 1956




Bridegrooms/Dodgers New York Giants New York Mets New York Yankees

Related articles

Interleague play New York City
New York City
Subway Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball

v t e

Retro-classic Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball


American League

Comerica Park
Comerica Park
(Tigers; Detroit) Globe Life Park in Arlington
Globe Life Park in Arlington
(Rangers; Arlington, Texas) Guaranteed Rate Field
Guaranteed Rate Field
(White Sox; Chicago) Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
(Orioles; Baltimore) Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium
II (Yankees; The Bronx)

National League

AT&T Park (Giants; San Francisco) Busch Stadium
Busch Stadium
III (Cardinals; St. Louis) Citi Field
Citi Field
(Mets; Queens, New York) Citizens Bank Park
Citizens Bank Park
(Phillies; Philadelphia) Coors Field
Coors Field
(Rockies; Denver) PNC Park
PNC Park
(Pirates; Pittsburgh)


Turner Field
Turner Field
(Braves; Atlanta)

v t e

Flushing Meadows–Corona Park



Citi Field

Former: Shea Stadium

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Arthur Ashe Stadium Louis Armstrong Stadium Former: Singer Bowl


New York Hall of Science New York State Pavilion Queens
Museum Terrace on the Park

Outdoor attractions

Botanical Gardens Carousel Ice rink and swimming pool Marina Theatre in the Park Zoo Sculptures and relics

Rocket Thrower Unisphere Westinghouse Time Capsules


Mets–Willets Point (subway) Mets–Willets Point (LIRR)


World's fairs

1939 1964

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York


Flushing Bay Flushing River Adjacent neighborhoods

Corona Flushing Forest Hills Kew Gardens Kew Gardens Hills Queensboro Hill W