Getting to the Game (4 out of 5)
Getting to Shea Stadium is the same way to get to Citi Field which is the new home of the Mets. Fans were able to take many bus routes, bike paths, the NJ transit, Metro North 7 train, the Long Island RailRoad, and of course the ability to drive to the facility. There were many ways to get to Shea Stadium, but one minor issue was not having a direct train from Connecticut. You would have to take the New Haven train to Grand Central and then take the number 7 about 30 minutes to Queens, but that was the only complaint.
The Neighborhood (1.5 out of 5)
Like Citi Field, Shea Stadium is in a giant parking lot in Flushing Queens, NY. My issue with the location was that there was no character outside the stadium. There are countless auto shops that are in walking distance of the venue, so the atmosphere was not ideal. Check out Citi Field Parking if you plan to drive to the game.
The Park (2 out of 5)
Shea Stadium felt old and tired when I went there in 2006. Shea Stadium had a similar size like the Old Yankee Stadium capacity, but the seats were much further away. Where the Old Yankee Stadium upper deck was over the field, Shea Stadium was much further back from the action. Concourses inside the stadium were narrow too, so the park was not that comfortable or modern. Shea Stadium was one of the Oldest MLB Stadiums in the game when it was around.
Food (2 out of 5)
The food at the game was average, but it was a different time in baseball before 2008. Nathan’s hot dogs were a staple food choice, but you had some other food options as well to get at the game. It’s hard to compare old facilities to new places, but the food options were nothing to brag about when you wen to the Mets Park.
The Atmosphere (4 out of 5)
When I went to Shea Stadium, I was able to see Jose Reyes play which was a treat. He was electrifying, fast, and all around one of the best recent Mets players to play for the team. Every time he came up to bat, Shea Stadium would starting singing “Jose, Jose Jose Jose” and so on. Shea Stadium was able to get the crowd into the game a lot with telling everybody to “Everybody Clap Your Hands” and so on. It was a lot of fun being at a game at Shea Stadium, so it’s something that still stands out to me.
Repeat Value (2.5)
Shea Stadium is no longer around, but I felt like the stadium and the experience around the stadium was lacking. Maybe that does not matter to most people, but I was disappointed by it. The game itself was a lot of fun, but I think the Mets made the right choice by getting a new stadium. Citi Field is 100% better in every way. Here is my review of Citi Field if you want to check that out.