Getting to the Game (4 out of 5)
Taking the 7 line train to the ballpark is the preferred method for Mets fans. It’s a 40 minute subway ride from Penn Station, and the Long Island Rail Road stops at Citi Field too. Driving to the game is another option for fans who don’t live in New York City and or too far away from the 7 line. Here is the guide to Citi Field Parking if you want to check that out.
The Neighborhood (1.5 out of 5)
Getting to the game is easy, but the neighborhood outside Citi Field is terrible. When I went down in 2009, I remember seeing parking lots and auto body shops at the stadium. The lack of atmosphere around the venue is the biggest disappointment about going to Citi Field because the ballpark is great, but the area was a letdown. I went back to the ballpark in July 2021 and can confirm the area is terrible around the stadium. If the train wasn’t there I would give it a one out of five.
The Park (4 out of 5)
Citi Field is a well-deserved upgrade for New York Mets fans. Shea Stadium certainty was near the end of its track run, so the new ballpark is a welcomed addition. The concourses are wide, the seats are comfortable, and there are many restaurants for fans to try at the game. There is a structural bridge motif throughout Citi Field which represents the five boroughs of New York, so that is a subtle touch.
Food (4 of out 5)
With being one of the newer ballparks in the MLB, you can expect a lot of great food choices while at the game in the promenade section. Chicken and Waffles, Shake Shack, Bake Cheese, and Chomp Donuts are some fan favorites at the ballpark. At the ballpark, you will also find the standard hot dogs, pizzas, hamburgers, fries, ice cream, and more. On the field level of the park, you will see better food options like sushi, Chinese cuisine, Korean food, and more.
Check out the Citi Field Food guide before your next visit!
The Atmosphere (4 out of 5)
The New York Mets are the second team in NYC. It’s hard to compete with the New York Yankees who are only a few miles away, but Mets Fans are passionate and loud. The game I went to in July 2021 had passionate fans ringing cowbells, starting lets Go Mets chants, and even doing the wave towards the latter part of the game.
Repeat Value (3 out of 5)
The Mets Ballpark (Citi Field) is a great ballpark in a terrible location. The Mets are a fun team to watch, and fans will enjoy all the upgrades that Shea Stadium never had. While the Mets are the second team in NY, they have many subtle NY reminders in their ballpark that celebrates NY and baseball history, unlike the new Yankee Stadium.