The last time I was in Flushing, NY was almost six years ago. My family spent the 4th of July in New York to see the fireworks and to squeeze in a little modern day stickball at Citi Field. When I returned home from Citi Field, I decided that I would embark on a quest to see all 30 baseball stadiums. At the time Citi Field was the fifth stadium we had visited as a family.
Being that it was after the fact, I really didn’t have any recollection of the stadium. So it only made sense for the Turners to take a road trip to Citi Field; even if it as Easter Sunday. When we arrived we walked around Citi Field and there were spectacular views throughout the stadium. From the field level to the upper deck behind home plate to the outfield, there really wasn’t a bad seat in the stadium. We arrived early and some of the ushers allowed us to momentarily sit in different sections of the park. I don’t recall much about Citi Field during our initial visit, but I did remember the left field used to be called Pepsi Porch and now it is Coca Cola Corner. I only remembered because I was big fan of Pepsi and just like Citi Field, I switched to Coca Cola. Coke Zero Sugar to be exact.
Citi Field has a Mets Hall of Fame and Museum that isn’t that time consuming so if you never been, take about 20 minutes of your time and engage in some Mets history. There’s Mike Piazza, Tom Seaver, Doc Gooden, the ‘86 Mets and several other greats that are sure to resurrect memories of Shea Stadium. And they do a great job of directing traffic towards the team store which coincidentally is the only way to exit.
I didn’t notice many food options outside the stadium, but there are plenty of choices inside Citi Field. There is a Nathan’s, Shake Shack and Pat LaFrieda’s; home of the filet mignon steak sandwich. I really wanted to try it, but Shake Shack won out. What do you expect when you got your kids with you.
Citi Field is a great ballpark with passionate fans and extremely friendly service. Some of the best service I have experienced in the 20 ballparks I have visited. In all, Citi Field was just how I didn’t remember and I am glad I was able to make it back. We even snagged that elusive Mets baseball for our baseball memorabilia case.
It’s baseball season for my son too so we won’t be able to travel outside of DC until mid to late summer. We just hope the next parks we are scheduled to visit, Guaranteed Rate Field and Miller Park is as impressive as Citi Field.