Legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” This beautiful quote happens to appear inside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field, whose façade emulates that of Brooklyn Dodgers’ long-gone Ebbets Field.
You may be wondering whether Jackie Robinson was a Mets player. And for those of you who already know he was a Dodger, you may be even more confused. While the Mets may have a bit of identify crisis in their (relatively) new home, the venue itself is extraordinary.
If you’re planning a visit, I highly recommend sitting in sections 106, 107, 109 or 110, if you can swing (ha!) it. These seats are situated alongside right field and offer a spectacular view of the field. Although fan favorite David Wright may be all the way across the field at third base, you still get to see players relatively close. For cheaper seats that are still decent, go with the Pepsi Porch, which is composed of sections 301 through 305. The seats are elevated for a comprehensive vista, and Mister Softee is up there, where you can purchase a plastic helmet ice cream sundae for only $300 (I’m joking, but it ain’t cheap either).
One of the best parts about Citi Field is the food. You’ve got the Shake Shack (with its customary long line; read my review here) and Blue Smoke, as well as Catch of the Day where you can grab a lobster roll for about $16. They also have Keith’s Grill (named after former Met Keith Hernandez – remember him on Seinfeld?), which serves up burgers made from a Pat LaFrieda (very good) blend of meat.
Although the culinary experience is excellent, the truly best part about Citi Field is Mr. Met, who is infrequently accompanied by his wife (?), Mrs. Met. Mr. Met has been heralded as baseball’s best mascot, and it’s easy to see why. Forever friendly, he gladly signs autographs for kids (bring your own pen) and throws T-shirts into the crowd during the seventh inning stretch.
A holdover from Shea stadium, where the Mets played for more than 40 years, the big apple with the Mets logo rises from its recess in center field when a home team player hits a home run. Be sure to have your camera ready.
Citi Field has a giant parking lot, with more spaces than they’ll likely ever need, and can be most readily accessed by the 7 train (7 express only runs on the weekdays; you’ll have to take the local on weekends). Get off at Mets-Willets Point, the penultimate stop on the line.
So, should you go to a day game or try one at night? They’re both fun and exciting, so I recommend checking out what promotions they have going on for the games you’re considering attending. You could go home with a free T-shirt or a player bobble head, if you play your cards right.
Citi Field is easily the best baseball venue in the city, so get your tickets quick before the season ends.