Citi Field

Baseball stadium in Queens, New York City, U.S.

Citi Field is a major league baseball park in an outer part of New York City in Queens New York, and the home of the New York Mets, since the 2009 MLB season. Citi Field is sponsored by Citi Bank. Construction began in 2006 when the Mets home was still Shea stadium. It replaced Shea Stadium, which was torn down after the 2008 baseball season. The place where the old stadium stood is a parking lot now. The 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played at Citi Field.

Citi Field
Citi Field logo being installed on the stadium
Citi Field logo being installed on the stadium
Citi Field, nearly completed in February 2009
Citi Field, nearly completed in February 2009
Location126th St. & Roosevelt Ave.
Flushing, New York 11368
Coordinates40°45′24.5″N 73°50′44.5″W / 40.756806°N 73.845694°W / 40.756806; -73.845694
OwnerNew York Mets
OperatorNew York Mets
Capacity42,500 (approx.)
Field sizeLeft Field - 335 ft (102 m)
Left Center - 384 (117)
Center Field - 408 (124)
Deep Right Center - 398 (126)
Right Center Field - 375 (115)
Right Field - 330 (101)
StartedNovember 13, 2006
OpenedMarch 29, 2009; 15 years ago (March 29, 2009) (college game)
April 3, 2009; 15 years ago (April 3, 2009) (exhibition game)
April 13, 2009; 15 years ago (April 13, 2009) (regular season)
Construction cost$850 million
ArchitectHOK Sport
Main contractorsInternational Concrete Products
New York Mets (MLB) (2009-present)
New York (UFL) (to be confirmed)

History change

Ideas to build a new ball park in Queens were first discussed in the 1990s. This happened because the Met's then current stadium, Shea Stadium, was growing older and did not have many features found in newer stadiums. The Mets, along with the City of New York made plans to build a new stadium, next to Shea. The project to build the stadium was approved in March 2006, and construction started soon after. The building of the stadium could be seen from Shea, during the 2007 and 2008 baseball season. The new stadium, named Citi Field opened on April 13, 2009.

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

Stadium features change

Citi Field has many interesting and unique attractions. The park has seats for up to 41,000 fans to watch a game. The seats are painted green to look similar to the Polo Grounds- another New York stadium torn down in 1965. Citi Field has a home run Apple in center field. The Apple is not a real apple, rather it is a large plastic apple with the Mets sign on it that rises when a Mets player hits a home run. This is similar to Shea stadium, which also had a home run apple. The foul poles at the stadium are painted orange.

Another part of the stadium is the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. This is the place where most fans enter the stadium, and teaches fans about Jackie Robinson, the first black player in Major League Baseball. Citi Field also has an area called the Pepsi Porch. It is a place where fans can watch the game in the outfield. The first two rows of the porch are over the playing field. There is also a smaller field behind the centerfield wall where kids can play baseball and other games. The stadium also has a museum to show Mets history and many restaurants, bars, stores, and food stands which surround the field.

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

Transport change

Citi Field has many big parking lots which surround the stadium, allowing fans to bring their car to the game. The Stadium also has a train station with the New York City Subway and Long Island railroad that goes to downtown New York City.

Changes change

In the years after it opened, the stadium had a few changes. After the 2011 baseball season, the outfield fences were moved closer to the batter, because people thought it was too hard to hit home runs. The fences were also painted blue and orange.

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