This Friday will be the Mets’ first game at Citi Field, and even if it doesn’t count for the regular season, I’m still psyched as heck. I plan to get there early enough for BP, to take a picture with the Old Apple, and to get a few more things done that I didn’t get to do last Sunday at Citi Field (tacos, anyone?)
What’s that you say? Last Sunday at Citi FIeld? Why yes, hadn’t you heard? There was this college ball game there, and some folks got to roam the stadium for the first time. But I’m sure this is the first you’re reading of it. So enjoy my photo album, 193 pics worth, over at facebook. Or just wait ’til the end of the post for some highlights. In my album, you’ll see fellow bloggers Jason from Faith and Fear, Corey from Metsie, Coop from My Summer Family, SNK from You Can’t Script Baseball, and Tracy from CrazyMetGirl. Check out their links over at the right there!
Here are some initial somewhat ineloquent thoughts about Citi Field, in no particular order:
- I got to hang at the Caesars Club, on the Excelsior level, and I was a little underwhelmed–it was crowded and noisy, there were lines for food (which I didn’t try), and why are the sofas in such a random area? Plus, there’s no window looking out onto the field. I enjoyed hanging at the bar with Coop, and I think the bar would be a good place to wait out a rain delay, but the place just didn’t scream luxury to me. That said, Caesars Club seats are really good–about the same as loge was at Shea, but somehow better. And I do still wonder, even though I wasn’t blown away, will I feel all left out in my seats in upper promenade with no club at all?
- I very much like that field level isn’t all guarded and “you’re not welcome here” now. I can see myself strolling around–from the rotunda, into the main store (why don’t they have mirrors in the main team store!? I tried on a sweatshirt, but there was no place to look at it. I hope that was just a not-yet-ready detail that will change), and all around the length of the field to look at the different angles of play. If the bridge to the food court area weren’t so very crowded, it would be a fun place to stop, hang over the railing, and watch some ball from the outfield. If you can snag a spot hanging over the bridge, that’d be a cool place to chomp your Shackburger.
- The security staff are in burgundy. Ew. Reminds me of either Phillies or Harvard.
- Um, here’s how far my new camera zooms in from Rob’s (meaning my usual) seats in upper promenade, the highest deck. Pictured: the pitcher’s mound, and where home plate would be (it hadn’t yet been situated). Sick, no?
- You may be kicking yourself if you didn’t get a brick outside the rotunda. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get a brick outside the rotunda. The Wilpons have a couple–here’s a shot of the one honoring Fred and his wife’s parents.
- In terms of the crowds, even though it was a sell-out game, I hear the weather kept many away. Estimates put Sunday’s attendance at 22,000 to 23,000, and that felt perfect. It was lively and crowded, but not too crowded, with food lines short enough to be absolutely bearable. On the one hand, I worry what the ballpark will feel like with almost 20,000 more people there. On the other hand, I figure that at actual Mets games there will be more people in their seats watching the game than wandering around the entirety of Citi Field. So…I have hope for manageable crowds!
- The bullpen gate ROCKS. First of all, that’s where the Old Apple is. The longest line at Citi on Sunday was to take a photo with the Apple. You could even jump on top of it and pose! I want to do that this Friday. I wonder how long they’ll let you… What’s more? The visitor’s bullpen is riiiiiight there, fully within heckling distance. Have at the other team’s pitchers, my friends. Have at them.
- My favorite of the various team stores around the ballpark is the “Forty Seven” store, which carries my favorite Mets gear brand, Banner Supply Co. If you like a more retro Mets look, this is absolutely the place for you to check out the merch. You know what else is cool? You get these awesome tote bag-like shopping bags from the team stores that you can absolutely re-use to bring stuff to the ballpark. Look how happy I am about my new almost tote bag!
- THERE ARE TOPPINGS! And yeah, I took that to all caps. I used to bring my own little relish packets for my hotdogs. Now you can find readily available onions, relish, and jalapenos. Hungry just thinking ’bout it…
- Speaking of! New facebook friend “NYC Food Guy” sent me pics from yesterday’s Citi Field culinary press tasting. Are those cannolis with blue and orange sprinkles I see? Yes, please! His blog entry from the tasting is a MUST-SEE, so don’t miss it! Oh, it all looks so very, very, very good!