Getting to the Game (4 out of 5)
Taking the train to the ballpark is the preferred method for Mets fans. It’s a short 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. 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.
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.
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. When I went to Mets game in 2006, I remember hearing the “Jose” chant every time Jose Reyes came up to bat. In 2009, I think since the ballpark was new, people were more interested in seeing what was new than necessarily getting loud during 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.