My Travels – MLB Stadiums: Citi Field, New York Mets (September 24, 2011)
The next stop on our MLB tour was Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. We were rained out the night before at Yankee Stadium with the Red Sox. I can’t even begin to verbalize the letdown I felt. I know, that’s shallow and there are far worse things to be upset about, but c’mon! We left Yankee Stadium and went back to our super sketchy hotel in Queens (don’t ask- it’s a long story) for some rest.
The Phillies were in town and on top of the NL East. We watched the Mets squeak out a close victory and Jose Reyes ended the season with the NL batting title. Citi Field is a nice ballpark to visit, but not very memorable overall.
If you’re heading to Citi Field, here’s what you need to know…
- As I mentioned about the Yankees, it’s New York: bring an umbrella. Everywhere. A big umbrella. Big enough to cover you and anyone else with you.
- For hotels, it’s easier than you’d expect to find a cheaper (under $150/night) hotel within a decent distance of Citi Field. Brooklyn has a fair selection of hotels worth choosing from that have close access to the subway. If you’re not sure about the location of a hotel, call the front desk to ask about shuttle service.
- Citi Field does have a stadium parking lot, but since it’s still New York, just take the subway. If you do decide to drive, don’t worry about cash for parking. Citi Field offers credit/debit card payment options at the parking lot entrances.
- If you’re taking the subway, the “7” train is the main subway running to Citi Field. Just look for all the Mets fans and follow them.
- There are no restaurants close to Citi Field, but thank God the food selection is decent inside. If you can eat at McFadden’s inside the ballpark, they have an incredible sports bar experience and the first restaurant I’ve ever seen with batting cages inside the restaurant!
- Citi Field has one of the more impressive main entrances I’ve seen. We liked the tribute to Mets legends, like Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Mookie Wilson, and others. Well done, Citi Field.
Three (four with Yankees) stadiums down, twenty-seven to go!