Citi Field, located on Roosevelt Avenue and 126th street in Queens, New York, is home to the New York Mets of the National League. The Mets played their first game at Citi Field on April 13, 2009, against the San Diego Padres. The ballpark has seats for about 42,000, and its playing surface is Kentucky bluegrass. View the Citi Field seating chart for additional information about tickets for Mets games.
As fans walk up to the main entrance of Citi Field, they will see a red brick and limestone exterior with arched windows. As they enter through the iron gates under the windows, they will be in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. This area features a marble floor that is 160 feet in diameter. Robinson’s nine life values are carved into the surface of the floor, and for each one there is an accompanying anecdote that shows how Jackie embodied the value.
Citi Field quickly acquired a reputation as a pitcher’s park because of its rather long outfield dimensions. Some players around the league voiced the opinion that Citi Field gave an unfair advantage to the pitcher. In response to these kinds of complaints and in the hope of generating more offense, the Mets shortened the dimensions in left-center field and in right-center field by installing a new eight-foot high blue outfield fence before the 2012 season. The dimensions in left and right field and in straightaway center field did not change.
When a Mets player hits a home run, the Home Run Apple in the hitting background in center field comes up out of its hiding place. The bright red apple with the Mets logo on it has a diameter of 18 feet and is 16.5 feet high. The Mets have placed the Home Run Apple from their previous home, Shea Stadium, outside the main entrance to Citi Field.
As fans look toward right-center field, they will see a bridge for pedestrians that connects the concourse in right field with the one in center field. This is Shea Bridge, and it looks similar to a bridge over the East River called Hell Gate Bridge which connects Queens and The Bronx.
Other noteworthy features of Citi Field include the orange-colored foul poles. The foul poles in Shea Stadium were orange, and the Mets decided to keep this color for Citi Field. Foul poles in the other Major League parks are colored yellow. Another interesting feature of the ballpark is the Pepsi Porch, the section in the right field corner under the large Pepsi-Cola sign. A part of this area hangs over the playing field, and the space comes with its own bar and concession stand. The Mets use Pepsi Porch for events such as company gatherings and birthday parties.
Fans at Citi Field have lots of food choices if they get hungry during the game. For example, the Brooklyn Burger stands at sections 112, 303 and 436 serve BBQ bacon burgers and harvest veggie burgers. For fish lovers, Catch of the Day at section 102 has fried flounder, shrimp sandwiches, crab cake, lobster roll and fried calamari.