On April 13, 2009, New Yorkers officially said goodbye to the longstanding Shea Stadium and said hello to Citi Field, when Mets Tom Seaver threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Mike Piazza.
Citi Field is located in Flushing Meadows—Corona Park in New York City's Queens Borough. The field is a picturesque baseball park in a thriving city, and it also exists as a shrine to Shea Stadium, which was a New York City landmark for so many years. To further honor the legacy of Shea Stadium, and to showcase the beauty and future of Citi Field, Major League Baseball played its annual mid-season All Star Game in Citi Field in 2013. This was only the second time the New York Mets and their stadium hosted the All Star Game, with the first coming in 1964 during the inaugural season at Shea Stadium. Grab your NY Mets tickets and head over to Citi Field to enjoy this brand new ball park while watching some exciting live baseball!
While many of those fields served a number of purposes and hosted a number of different sports, Citi Field was designed with baseball fans in mind. Close attention was played to baseball and New York City history when this field was constructed, and the result is a tremendous fan experience for baseball fans of all ages.
The field is also the perfect location to see a concert or even see international soccer matches. Paul McCartney, Dave Matthews Band, and Zac Brown Band have all played concerts at Citi Field, while soccer matches have included Ecuador vs. Greece, Juventus vs. Club América, Ecuador vs. Chile, and Israel vs. Honduras.
Getting There and Getting In
Parking & Directions
Visitors can easily get to Citi Field via New York City's mass transit. Travelers can take the New York City Subway by getting on the 7 train and getting off at the Mets – Willets Point station, or they can take the Port Washington Branch to the Long Island Rail Road station. As an added bonus, there is also a free ferry to the stadium via New York Water Taxi, which you can get at 11/Wall Street and at the East 34th Street Landing prior to every game.
For those who would prefer to drive to Citi Field, there is parking available at the ballpark. It is strongly encouraged, especially if you are driving, to research your driving route and where you would like to park based on your place of arrival and the location of your seats. Trained personnel will be on hand for all games, and you can easily follow their lead and directions once you arrive at the ballpark. It is also encouraged that you call ahead for any potential detour or traffic information.