Citi Field is a baseball stadium located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, in the borough of Queens, New York City, United States. Opening in 2009, Citi Field is the ballpark of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets. The stadium was built as a replacement for the adjacent Shea Stadium, which had opened in 1964.

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Citi Field in 2019
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Citi Field is located in New York
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Citi Field is located in the United States
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Address41 Seaver Way
LocationFlushing, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Coordinates40°45′25″N 73°50′45″W / 40.75694°N 73.84583°W / 40.75694; -73.84583
Public transitRailway transportation Long Island Rail Road: at Mets–Willets Point
New York City Subway:
"7" train"7" express train​ at Mets–Willets Point
Bus transport New York City Bus: Q19, Q48, Q66[1]
OwnerNew York Mets[a]
OperatorNew York Mets
Capacity41,922 (2012–present)[2]
41,800 (2009–2011)
45,000+ (including standing room)
Record attendance45,186 (2013 All-Star Game)[3]
44,859 (2015 World Series)[4]
44,466 (Regular season, 2016)[5]
43,700 (August 3, 2023; Pink's Summer Carnival)
Field sizeLeft field line - 335 feet (102 m)
Left center - 358 feet (109 m)
Deep left center - 385 feet (117 m)
Center field - 408 feet (124 m)
Deep right center - 398 feet (121 m)
Right center - 375 feet (114 m)
Right field line - 330 feet (101 m)
SurfaceKentucky Bluegrass
Broke groundNovember 13, 2006 (November 13, 2006)
OpenedMarch 29, 2009 (March 29, 2009) (college game)
April 3, 2009 (April 3, 2009) (exhibition game)
April 13, 2009 (April 13, 2009) (regular season)
Construction costUS$900 million
($1.28 billion in 2023 dollars[6])
ArchitectPopulous (formerly HOK Sport)
Structural engineerWSP Cantor Seinuk[7]
Services engineerM-E Engineers, Inc.[7]
General contractorHunt/Bovis Lend Lease Alliance II (a joint venture)[7]
Main contractorsInternational Concrete Products
New York Mets (MLB) (2009–present)
New York City FC (MLS) (2020–present, part-time)[8]

Citi Field was designed by the company Populous. The $850 million baseball park was funded with $615 million in public subsidies,[9] including the sale of New York City municipal bonds that are to be repaid by the Mets with interest. The payments will offset property taxes for the lifetime of the park.[10][11]

The first game at Citi Field was on March 29, 2009, with a college baseball game between St. John's and Georgetown.[12] The Mets played their first two games at the ballpark on April 3 and 4, 2009 against the Boston Red Sox[13] as charity exhibition games. The first regular-season home game was played on April 13, 2009, against the San Diego Padres. Citi Field hosted the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, marking the second time the Mets have hosted the event (the first being in 1964, the inaugural season of Shea Stadium).[14]

The naming rights were purchased by Citigroup, a New York financial services company, for $20 million annually.





Since the 1990s, the Mets were looking to replace Shea Stadium. It had originally been built as a multi-purpose stadium in 1964. While it had been retrofitted as a baseball-only stadium after the NFL's New York Jets left for Giants Stadium after the 1983 season, it was still not optimal for baseball, with seating located farther away from the playing field compared to other major league ballparks.[15] The team unveiled a preliminary model of the ballpark in 1998; it featured a retractable roof and a movable grass field, which would have allowed it to host events including conventions and college basketball. The Mets also considered moving to Mitchel Field or Belmont Park in Nassau County, Long Island; Sunnyside Yard in Queens, or the West Side Yard in Manhattan.[16]

In December 2001, shortly before leaving office, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced "tentative agreements" for both the Mets and the New York Yankees to build new stadiums. Of the $1.6 billion sought for the stadiums, city and state taxpayers would pick up half the tab for construction, $800 million, along with $390 million on extra transportation.[17] The plan also said that the teams would be allowed to keep all parking revenues, which state officials had already said they wanted to keep to compensate the state for building new garages for the teams.[18] The teams would keep 96% of ticket revenues and 100% of all other revenues, not pay sales tax or property tax on the stadium, and would get low-cost electricity from New York state.[18] Business officials criticized the plan as giving too much money to successful teams with little reason to move to a different city.[18]

Michael Bloomberg, who succeeded Giuliani as mayor, exercised the escape clause in the agreements to back out of both deals, saying that the city could not afford to build new stadiums for the Mets and Yankees. Bloomberg said that, unbeknownst to him, Giuliani had inserted a clause in this deal that loosened the teams' leases with the city and would allow the Mets and Yankees to leave the city on 60 days notice to find a new home elsewhere if the city backed out of the agreement.[17][18] At the time, Bloomberg said that publicly funded stadiums were a poor investment. Under Bloomberg, the New York City government would only offer public financing for infrastructure improvements; the teams would have to pay for the stadiums themselves. Bloomberg called the former mayor's agreements "corporate welfare." Giuliani had already been instrumental in the construction of taxpayer-funded minor league baseball facilities MCU Park for the Mets' minor league Brooklyn Cyclones and Richmond County Bank Ballpark for the Staten Island Yankees.

The final plans for what is now Citi Field were created as part of the unsuccessful New York City 2012 Olympic bid. After plans for a West Side Stadium fell through, New York looked for an alternate stadium to host the opening and closing ceremonies and track and field. The Olympic Stadium project on the West Side was estimated to cost $2.2 billion, with $300 million provided by New York City and an additional $300 million from New York State. If New York had won the bid, Citi Field would have been expanded to Olympic events while the Mets would have played at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx for the 2012 season.[19] By then, however, the failure of the West Side Stadium proposal had effectively ended New York's chances of winning the 2012 games.[20]


Citi Field under construction on September 14, 2007.

The projected cost of the new ballpark and other infrastructure improvements was $610 million, with the Mets picking up $420 million of that amount. The agreement included a 40-year lease that would keep the Mets in New York until 2049. The Mets own the stadium through a wholly owned subsidiary, Queens Ballpark Company.

On March 18, 2006, the New York Mets unveiled the official model for the new ballpark. By July 2006, initial construction of the new park was underway in the parking lot beyond Shea Stadium's left-field, with a projected finish of late March ahead of Opening Day 2009.

By April 13, 2008, all of the structure for the Jackie Robinson Rotunda was in place with the arched windows receiving their paneling and glass. By September 2008, most of the Citi Field signage had been installed.[21] By December 1, 2008, all of the seats and the playing field had been installed.[22]



During the 2010 off-season, the bullpen area in right-center field underwent a complete renovation. When the edifice opened in time for the start of the 2009 MLB season, the Mets' bullpen was in front of the visiting bullpen, leading to an obstructed view of the field from the visiting bullpen, which the San Diego Padres complained about during the Mets' first regular-season home series. The bullpens were turned 90°, with pitchers throwing toward the field instead of parallel to it.[23] More Mets team colors, player banners and logos were also added throughout the ballpark, including revamping the "Let's Go Mets" slogan on the Citi Vision board so that the word "Mets" appears in its traditional script instead of the same font as the rest of the slogan.[24] Additionally, the height of the home run boundary line directly in front of the Home Run Apple in center field was reduced from 16 feet (4.9 m) to 8 feet (2.4 m) in an attempt to produce more home runs.[25]

During its first three seasons, the large field dimensions caused Citi Field to play as an extreme "pitcher's park", and home-runs at the stadium were among the fewest in the Major Leagues. Mets' general manager Sandy Alderson changed Citi Field's dimensions in time for the 2012 MLB season in order to make it more friendly to hitters.[26] Changes included building an 8 feet (2.4 m) wall in front of the high 16 feet (4.9 m) wall in left field that many had dubbed the "Great Wall of Flushing", removing the nook in the "Mo's Zone" in right field, and reducing the distance in right center field from 415 feet (126 m) from home plate to 390 feet (120 m). The new walls are colored blue in order to address fan complaints that the old black walls with orange trims did not reflect the colors of the Mets.[27] The Mets have also created a new seating section located in between the old and new left field walls called the Party City Party Deck, renamed the M&M's Sweet Seats in 2016 after change of sponsorship, and can accommodate 102 additional fans.[2]

The center and right-center outfield wall were brought in to 380 feet (120 m) for the 2015 season.[28]

On March 21, 2019, the Mets announced on Twitter that Citi Field's permanent address would be changed to 41 Seaver Way, in honor of former Mets Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver whose number was 41.[29][30] The ceremony was held on June 27, 2019, and was part of the weekend set aside for celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 World Series champion Mets.

In 2023, the right field fence was moved in 8 feet (2.4 m), removing the nook and creating a new fan experience,[31] and the scoreboard in center field was replaced with a new one measuring 17,400 square feet (1,620 m2), the largest in any MLB ballpark.[32]


Entrance to Citi Field through the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, with Shea Stadium's Home Run Apple on the right.

Citi Field has a capacity of 41,922. It has over 15,000 fewer seats than Shea Stadium. All the seats in the park are green – in an homage to the Polo Grounds, longtime home of the baseball Giants and the original home of the Mets – as opposed to Shea's orange, blue, red and green assortment.[33] The exterior facade is reminiscent of Ebbets Field (which was long sought by then-Mets owner Fred Wilpon, a Brooklyn native).

Citi Field's interior design is primarily influenced by the Pittsburgh Pirates' PNC Park, which was the favorite ballpark of Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. Other influences include Great American Ball Park, Coors Field, and Citizens Bank Park. Citi Field is the only ballpark in Major League Baseball to feature orange foul poles instead of the standard yellow, a unique characteristic that was carried over from Shea Stadium.[34]

Shea Bridge

Citi Field features an overarching bridge motif in its architecture, as New York City is linked by 2,027 bridges and is reflected in the Mets logo, as the team is the symbolic bridge to the city's past National League teams, the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers.[33] In the outfield section of the ballpark, there is a pedestrian bridge named Shea Bridge that resembles the Hell Gate Bridge.[24]

Similar to Shea Stadium, Citi Field's field dimensions ensure it is a pitcher-friendly park. The Coca-Cola Corner, originally known as the Pepsi Porch, hangs over the field in right field, extending far beyond the indentation of the Clubhouse and is inspired by Tiger Stadium's right field porch. The Pepsi sign that sat atop the area (2009–2015) was modeled after the one alongside the East River in Gantry Plaza State Park; it was replaced by Coca-Cola's logo in 2016 upon assuming the role of a Mets sponsor.[35]

In 2012, the Mets added the Party City Party Deck in left field because they moved the fences in. The Party Deck is very similar to The Royals' Pepsi Party Porch.

Delta Air Lines signed a multiyear deal on September 15, 2008, to sponsor an exclusive section in Citi Field. The Delta Sky360 Club is a 22,500-square-foot (2,090 m2) restaurant-cafe-bar-lounge complex that also houses 1,600 premium seats behind home plate stretching from dugout to dugout.[36]

Jackie Robinson Rotunda

The interior of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda

The front entrance of Citi Field features a rotunda named after Brooklyn Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson and honors his life and accomplishments. Engraved into the rotunda's 160-foot-diameter (49 m) floor and etched into the archways are words and larger-than-life images that defined Robinson's nine values: Courage, Excellence, Persistence, Justice, Teamwork, Commitment, Citizenship, Determination and Integrity.[34]

Robinson's famous quote: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives" is engraved into the upper ring of the rotunda. There is also an 8-foot (2.4 m) sculpture of Robinson's number 42.[33] The formal dedication of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda was held as part of Major League Baseball's official celebration of Jackie Robinson Day on April 15, 2009.[37]

Home Run Apple

Citi Field's Home Run Apple located in center field.

Another tradition from Shea Stadium carried over into Citi Field is the Home Run Apple. When a Mets player hits a home run, a giant apple, which has a Mets logo on the front that lights up, rises from its housing in the center field batter's eye. The new apple that was constructed for Citi Field is more than four times the size of the previous one and was designed by Minneapolis-based engineering firm Uni-Systems.[38]

During the 2009 season, the original Shea apple was located in Bullpen Plaza, just inside the Bullpen Gate entrance. In 2010, it was relocated outside the ballpark in Mets Plaza to the area between the Jackie Robinson Rotunda and the entrance to the Mets–Willets Point subway station.[39]

Tom Seaver statue

The Tom Seaver statue located in Mets Plaza.

On April 15, 2022, at their season home opener, the Mets unveiled a statue of Tom Seaver, created by sculptor William Behrends. It is located in Mets Plaza, next to the Shea Stadium Home Run Apple.[40][41]

Amenities and facilities


Behind the center field scoreboard is the FanFest area, an expanded family entertainment area that includes a miniature wiffleball field replica of Citi Field called Mr. Met's Kiddie Field, a batting cage, a dunk tank, video game kiosks and other attractions.[42][43]

Citi Field offers a wide choice of eateries. Taste of the City is a food court located in the center field section of the ballpark. It features food from restaurateur Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group and includes a variety of stands, including Shake Shack (burgers, fries, shakes), Blue Smoke (barbecue), El Verano Taqueria (Mexican cuisine), Catch of the Day (featuring seafood from chef Dave Pasternack of Esca), and Box Frites (Belgian French fries); the Shake Shack stand also has the New York skyline replica that topped the old scoreboard at Shea Stadium above it.[33][44] The World's Fare Market is located on the field level in right field and features sushi from Daruma of Tokyo, sandwiches and pastries from Mama's of Corona, Chinese cuisine from Tai Pan Bakery and Korean food from Café Hanover.[44][45] Citi Field also offers a choice of fresh fruit at several stands around the stadium.[46]

In 2010 Citi Field upgraded the food choices on the Promenade Level behind home plate. Blue Smoke BBQ and Box Frites both open a second location.

Restaurants and clubs are also available in every level of the ballpark. The 350-seat Acela Club (now Porsche Grill) located in left field on the Excelsior Level, is the dining highlight of the new park and features a full view of the playing field as well as food from Drew Nieporent's Myriad Restaurant Group, renowned for Nobu and Tribeca Grill.[33] Admission into the high-end luxury Porsche Grill and Delta Sky360 Club, and including the other semi-luxury clubs are exclusive to high-end ticket holders only, and some restaurants enforce that reservations be made. A McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon opened at Citi Field in 2010. It is located directly under the Good Humor FanFest and is open to the public year-round.[47][48]

Mets Hall of Fame & Museum

The original Mr. Met costume is one of the many exhibits on display at the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum.
David Cone's jersey from his 19 strikeout game on October 6, 1991, housed in the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum

The Mets Hall of Fame & Museum is located adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda on the first base side and opened on April 5, 2010. The museum includes plaques honoring the inductees of the New York Mets Hall of Fame, the team's World Series trophies from 1969 and 1986, as well as artifacts on loan from noted collectors, former players and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.[49] The museum boasts several displays including autographed memorabilia, original scouting reports on players such as Darryl Strawberry, and handwritten notes from the team's first manager Casey Stengel. In addition to this the team has installed interactive touchscreens, television screens, and timelines that guide visitors through various aspects of the franchise's history.

Mets retired numbers 2022

Public opinion

The Scoreboard Operations booth was visible to fans through a window on the concourse of the Excelsior level. The window was walled up prior to the 2022 season.

Business Insider praised the stadium for its aesthetics and named it one of the top 100 venues in sports, while called it "perfect" and especially lauded the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.[50] Reviewers also praised the many culinary offerings at Citi Field's concession stands.[51][52][53]

Despite the modern amenities, the new Citi Field was not without criticism. Fans complained of obstructed views and an overemphasis on the celebration of the Brooklyn Dodgers' legacy over the history of the Mets.[54][55][56] Mets owner Fred Wilpon, a Brooklyn native, had grown up a Brooklyn Dodgers fan and admitted to going overboard. Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin wrote in The New Yorker,

When Citi Field opened, the Brooklyn focus drew some criticism. After all, the Dodgers left Brooklyn in 1957, and Ebbets Field was demolished shortly thereafter. Only the very oldest fans have any first-hand memory of the place. The Mets, who had been in existence for almost a half century, were virtually ignored in their own home. 'All the Dodger stuff—that was an error of judgment on my part,' Wilpon told me.[57]

In response to these criticisms, the team installed photographic imagery of famous players and historic moments in Mets history on the Field and Promenade levels as well as the display of team championship banners on the left-field wall during the 2009 season. They also constructed a Mets Hall of Fame and Museum prior to the 2010 season, located adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, and changed the color of the outfield wall from black to Mets blue prior to the 2012 season, which many Mets fans had campaigned for.[58] The team also worked on fixing the obstructed views in the Promenade level.[59]

During its first three seasons in existence, Citi Field played as an extreme "pitcher's park", and was cited as the cause of the decreased offensive production of David Wright and Jason Bay. Wright hit only 10 home runs in 2009 after hitting 30 or more in each of the previous two seasons,[60] while Bay had the worst offensive production of his career in his first season with the Mets in 2010, hitting only 6 home runs, with an on-base percentage of just .347, and a career low .402 slugging percentage.[61] Jeff Francoeur, who played with the Mets during their first two years at Citi Field, criticized the ballpark's dimensions, calling it "a damn joke."[62] During the 2011 season, Citi Field allowed 1.33 home runs per game, the third lowest total out of the 16 National League ballparks.[27] The team responded by altering the ballpark dimensions for the 2012 season, creating a much more neutral ballpark. Wright's 2012 offensive numbers improved due to the alterations. "It's a huge difference", Wright said. "It allows you to relax and know you don't have to try to hit the ball a mile to see results. And at the same time, if you do hit the ball well and you see results, instead of a 400-foot (120 m) flyout, you're 1-for-1 and feeling good about yourself."[63]

Access and transportation

Attractions and geographical features of Flushing Meadows–Corona Park

Attractions and geographical features of Flushing Meadows–Corona Park:
Citi Field
Flushing Meadows Carousel and Queens Zoo
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Aquatics Center
Flushing River and Creek
Meadow Lake
Mets–Willets Point (LIRR and subway stations)
National Tennis Center
New York Hall of Science
New York State Pavilion and Queens Theatre
Queens Botanical Garden
Queens Museum
Willow Lake
World's Fair station (demolished)
Citi Field is serviced by the IRT Flushing Line at the Mets – Willets Point station.

Citi Field is located in the borough of Queens, adjacent to the neighborhoods of Corona, which lies to its west, and Willets Point and Flushing to the east. Flushing Bay is to the north, and the rest of Flushing Meadows–Corona Park is to the south. Because it lies within the Flushing postal zone, and because of its location in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Citi Field is frequently referred to as being in Flushing proper.

Citi Field is accessible via the New York City Subway via the IRT Flushing Line (  ​) at the Mets–Willets Point station, and the Long Island Rail Road station on the Port Washington Branch, also called Mets–Willets Point. The park is also close to several major thoroughfares, including the Grand Central Parkway, the Whitestone and Van Wyck Expressways, the Long Island Expressway, Roosevelt Avenue, Northern Boulevard and Astoria Boulevard.

Since the construction of Citi Field began, satellite parking lots in Flushing Meadow Park (access from College Point Boulevard) have been opened. Some of these have been designated as park and rides, used by commuters connecting to the   ​ trains and the Q19, Q48 and Q66 buses.[1]

In 2020, Columbia Transportation started a commuter service, the Queens-Riverdale Commuter Route to the Southfield Parking Lot, mainly for commuters from Queens to go to before boarding the bus to Columbia. This service was discontinued in December 2021.

Attendance records




Bold indicates the winner of each game.

Highest attendance at Citi Field
Rank Attendance Date About Notes
1 45,186 July 16, 2013 National League 0, American League 3 2013 MLB All Star Game
2 44,859 November 1, 2015 Mets 2, Royals 7 (12 innings) 2015 World Series (Game 5)
3 44,815 October 31, 2015 Mets 3, Royals 5 2015 World Series (Game 4)
4 44,781 October 30, 2015 Mets 9, Royals 3 2015 World Series (Game 3)
5 44,747 October 5, 2016 Mets 0, Giants 3 2016 National League Wild Card Game
6 44,502 October 18, 2015 Mets 4, Cubs 1 2015 NLCS (Game 2)
7 44,466 April 30, 2016 Mets 6, Giants 5 Regular season record
8 44,384 April 3, 2017 Mets 6, Braves 0 2017 Opening Day
9 44,287 October 17, 2015 Mets 4, Cubs 2 2015 NLCS (Game 1)
10 44,276 October 12, 2015 Mets 13, Dodgers 7 2015 NLDS Game 3
11 44,189 March 29, 2018 Mets 9, Cardinals 4 2018 Opening Day
12 44,183 October 13, 2015 Mets 1, Dodgers 3 2015 NLDS Game 4

Regular season


Bold indicates the winner of each game.

Highest regular season attendance at Citi Field
Rank Attendance Date Game result Notes
1 44,466 April 30, 2016 Mets 6, Giants 5
2 44,424 April 4, 2019 Mets 0, Nationals 4 2019 Home Opener
3 44,384 April 3, 2017 Mets 6, Braves 0 2017 Home Opener
4 44,189 March 29, 2018 Mets 9, Cardinals 4 2018 Home Opener
5 44,099 April 8, 2016 Mets 7, Phillies 2 2016 Home Opener
6 43,947 April 13, 2015 Mets 2, Phillies 0 2015 Home Opener
7 43,928 September 29, 2018 Mets 1, Marlins 0 David Wright's Last Game
8 43,875 August 10, 2019 Mets 4, Nationals 3
9 43,857 August 13, 2022 Mets 1, Phillies 0
10 43,820 April 15, 2022 Mets 10, Diamondbacks 3 2022 Home Opener
11 43,630 September 19, 2015 Mets 0, Yankees 5
12 43,602 September 18, 2015 Mets 5, Yankees 1
13 43,571 September 20, 2015 Mets 2, Yankees 11
14 43,462 May 27, 2016 Mets 6, Dodgers 5
15 43,336 July 9, 2022 Mets 5, Marlins 4 Keith Hernandez Number Retirement
16 43,323 July 3, 2019 Mets 1, Yankees 5
17 43,255 August 29, 2015 Mets 1, Red Sox 3
18 43,144 September 11, 2021 Mets 7, Yankees 8 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
19 42,996 August 1, 2015 Mets 3, Nationals 2



Bold indicates the winner of each game.

Progression of attendance records at Citi Field
Regular Season Mets Overall
41,007 – April 13, 2009
Mets 5, Padres 6
41,103 – May 25, 2009
Mets 5, Nationals 2
41,221 – June 25, 2009
Mets 3, Cardinals 2
41,278 – June 26, 2009
Mets 1, Yankees 9
41,302 – June 27, 2009
Mets 0, Yankees 5
41,315 – June 28, 2009
Mets 2, Yankees 5
41,382 – May 21, 2010
Mets 1, Yankees 2
41,422 – May 23, 2010
Mets 6, Yankees 4
42,020 – July 1, 2011
Mets 1, Yankees 5
42,042 – July 2, 2011
Mets 2, Yankees 5
42,080 – April 5, 2012
Mets 1, Braves 0
42,122 – June 23, 2012
Mets 3, Yankees 4
42,364 – June 24, 2012
Mets 5, Yankees 6
42,516 – July 3, 2012
Mets 11, Phillies 1
42,516 – July 3, 2012
Mets 11, Phillies 1
45,186 – July 16, 2013
N.L. 0, A.L. 3
2013 All Star Game
43,947 – April 13, 2015
Mets 2, Phillies 0
43,947 – April 13, 2015
Mets 2, Phillies 0
44,276 – October 12, 2015
Mets 13, Dodgers 7
2015 NLDS Game 3
44,287 – October 17, 2015
Mets 4, Cubs 1
2015 NLCS Game 1
44,502 – October 18, 2015
Mets 4, Cubs 1
2015 NLCS Game 2
44,781 – October 30, 2015
Mets 9, Royals 3
2015 World Series Game 3
44,781 – October 31, 2015
Mets 3, Royals 5
2015 World Series Game 4
44,859 – November 1, 2015
Mets 2, Royals 7 (12 innings)
2015 World Series Game 5
44,099 – April 8, 2016
Mets 7, Phillies 2
44,859 – November 1, 2015
Mets 2, Royals 7 (12 innings)
2015 World Series Game 5
44,466 – April 30, 2016
Mets 6, Giants 5

Naming rights


On November 13, 2006, it was announced that the ballpark would be called Citi Field, named for Citigroup Inc. Citigroup will be paying $20 million a year for the naming rights to the park over the next 20 years. This made Citi Field the second major league sports venue in the New York metropolitan area and the first in the city itself to be named for a corporate sponsor. At the time, the Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey's Meadowlands Sports Complex had carried the Continental Airlines name. The deal includes an option on both sides to extend the contract to 40 years, and is the most expensive sports-stadium naming rights agreement ever, subsequently equaled by MetLife Stadium's $400 million deal.[64]

At the groundbreaking for Citi Field, it was announced that the main entrance, modeled on the one in Brooklyn's old Ebbets Field, would be called the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, possibly due to campaigns to forgo naming rights revenue and name the ballpark after Robinson. The Mets are spending more than $600 million for the new ballpark, which New York City and New York state are also supporting with a total of $165 million for such costs as infrastructure and site preparation. On February 24, 2008, the Mets and Citigroup unveiled the new Citi Field logo.[65]


Jonathan Lethem at Occupy Wall Street protesting the naming rights given to Citigroup, November 2011

The Citigroup naming rights deal, the most lucrative in history to that point, was criticized during the late-2000s financial crisis amid $45 billion of taxpayer funds loaned to Citigroup by the U.S. federal government in two rescue packages.[66] Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who served on the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, stated in regards to the Citi Field naming rights deal, "This type of spending is indefensible and unacceptable to Citigroup's new partner and largest investor: the American taxpayer.... I strongly urge Citigroup to find a way out of this contract and instead spend that $400 million on retaining its employees and restoring confidence in its operations."[67][68][69] The Wall Street Journal reported on February 3, 2009, that Citigroup considered breaking the naming rights deal. Instead, Citi stated that no government TARP funds would be used in the sponsorship deal.[70] The naming rights controversy reemerged in a New York Times opinion piece when details about owner Fred Wilpon's involvement in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme came to light and a lawsuit was filed on behalf of victims of Madoff's investment scandal in 2011.[71] Citigroup paid back the loan in full, with interest, by 2014.[72]

In its opening season, Citi Field drew over 3.1 million fans with a game average of 92.7% of seats filled, 4th best in baseball.
Memorial in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda inside Citi Field, dedicated April 15, 2009

Notable events

Aerial view from the north of Citi Field, with the covered Arthur Ashe Stadium behind it, on takeoff from LaGuardia Airport

Notable baseball games

  • April 13, 2009 – In the first Mets game ever played at Citi Field, Jody Gerut of the San Diego Padres hit a home run off Mike Pelfrey as the first batter of the game, becoming the first player in Major League Baseball history to open a ballpark with a leadoff home run.[73]
  • April 17, 2009 – Gary Sheffield hit his 500th home run against the Milwaukee Brewers, becoming the first player to reach this milestone as a pinch hitter. It was Sheffield's first home run as a Met, which made Sheffield the first player to hit number 500 as his first home run with a new team.[74]
  • June 28, 2009 – Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees recorded his 500th career save, becoming only the second relief pitcher to reach this milestone. The Mets gave Rivera the pitching rubber from Citi Field used in the game in honor of his achievement. (Rivera's only RBI, on a bases-loaded walk, also occurred in the game.)[75]
  • August 23, 2009 - Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Eric Bruntlett executed an unassisted triple play to finish off a 9–7 win over the Mets. This is just the second game-ending unassisted triple play in Major League Baseball history.
  • September 11, 2011 – Citi Field hosted a nationally televised game against the Chicago Cubs to mark the tenth anniversary of the attacks of that day in 2001. The pregame ceremonies featured members of the 2001 team who played at Shea Stadium on September 21, 2001, the first major sporting event held in New York City since the attacks.[76][77]
  • June 1, 2012 – Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets franchise history in an 8–0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.[78][79]
  • July 16, 2013 – Citi Field hosted the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, with the American League defeating the National League 3–0. The attendance of 45,186 was the largest in Citi Field's history.
  • June 9, 2015 – Chris Heston of the San Francisco Giants threw a no-hitter in a 5–0 victory over the Mets.
  • October 3, 2015 – Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals threw a no-hitter in a 2–0 victory over the Mets, becoming the fifth pitcher in major league history to throw two no hitters in a season.
  • October 12, 2015 – Citi Field hosted its first playoff game, with the Mets defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 13–7 in Game 3 of the 2015 NLDS.
  • October 30, 2015 – Citi Field hosted its first World Series game, with the Mets defeating the Kansas City Royals 9–3 in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series.
  • November 1, 2015 – The Kansas City Royals won the 2015 World Series, their first World Series championship since the 1985 World Series with a 7-2 Game 5 victory over the Mets in 12 innings.
  • July 30, 2016 - In a pre-game ceremony before a 7–2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Mike Piazza's #31 was retired, only the second time in club history that the Mets retired a player's number.
  • October 5, 2016 - The San Francisco Giants defeated the Mets 3–0 in the 2016 National League Wild Card Game.
  • September 11–13, 2017 - A three-game series between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays was moved from Tropicana Field to Citi Field due to Hurricane Irma. The Rays were the "home" team for this series because the games were supposed to be played in Tropicana Field. These were the first Major League Baseball games to be played at Citi Field that did not involve the New York Mets. Additionally, these were the first games played in Flushing under AL rules (excluding the 2013 All-Star Game) since April 1998, when the Yankees played a "home" game at Shea Stadium, after a beam caused structural damage at the original Yankee Stadium, and during the 1974 and 1975 seasons, while Yankee Stadium was being renovated.
  • September 28, 2019 - Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso broke the record for most home runs in a season by a rookie set by Aaron Judge in 2017.[80]
  • September 23, 2020 - The Tampa Bay Rays clinched the American League East with a 8–5 win over the Mets.
  • June 25, 2021 - In a 2–1 loss to the Mets, Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies struck out 10 Mets batters in a row, tying Tom Seaver's record set in 1970.
  • August 28, 2021 - In a pre-game ceremony before a 5–3 win over the Washington Nationals, Jerry Koosman's #36 was retired, only the third time in club history that the Mets retired a player's number.
  • September 11, 2021 - In a pre-game ceremony before an 8–7 loss to the Yankees, the Mets and Yankees remembered the September 11 attacks on the 20th anniversary of the attacks. The Mets and rival Yankees lined up on the foul lines together for the national anthem and a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks. Both teams wore NYPD and FDNY hats, and the game was nationally televised on Fox.
  • April 29, 2022 - Five Mets pitchers combined to throw the second no-hitter (and first combined no-hitter) in Mets franchise history in a 3–0 Mets victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • November 10–12, 2023 - Two teams from the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM), the Águilas Cibaeñas from Santiago and the Tigres del Licey from Santo Domingo, played three exhibition games in Citi Field, making it the first time that a LIDOM game was played outside of the Dominican Republic. Billed as the "Titans of the Caribbean" series, the Águilas swept the inaugural season in three games. With a total audience of 90,900 from the three games, it also became one of the highest attended LIDOM matches ever recorded.[81][82]

Soccer matches

Citi Field before a New York City FC match

Citi Field has hosted international soccer friendlies since shortly after it opened. It was a host venue for the 2011 World Football Challenge.

New York City FC played Major League Soccer matches at Citi Field in 2017 and 2019, when conflicts with the Yankees' schedule caused their regular home Yankee Stadium to be unavailable.[83][84] Beginning with the 2022 season, NYCFC has used Citi Field as a part-time home field, hosting nearly half their home matches.[85] The club plans to build its own soccer-specific stadium directly across the street from the ballpark, to open in 2027.[86]

Date Winning Team Result Losing Team Tournament Spectators
June 7, 2011   Ecuador 1–1   Greece Friendly 39,656
July 26, 2011   Juventus 1–0   Club América World Football Challenge 20,859
August 15, 2012   Ecuador 3–0   Chile Friendly 31,901
June 2, 2013   Israel 2–0   Honduras 26,170
October 22, 2017   New York City FC 2–2   Columbus Crew Major League Soccer 20,113
October 23, 2019   Toronto FC 2–1   New York City FC Major League Soccer 19,829
April 24, 2022   New York City FC 5–4   Toronto FC Major League Soccer 17,626
May 7, 2022   New York City FC 0–0   Sporting Kansas City Major League Soccer 15,031
May 22, 2022   New York City FC 1–0   Chicago Fire FC Major League Soccer 18,823
September 7, 2022   New York City FC 1–1   FC Cincinnati Major League Soccer 14,248
October 17, 2022   New York City FC 3–0   Inter Miami Major League Soccer 18,066[87]
April 15, 2023   New York City FC 2–1   Nashville SC Major League Soccer 18,687
April 22, 2023   New York City FC 3–1   FC Dallas Major League Soccer 20,922
May 27, 2023   Philadelphia Union 3–1   New York City FC Major League Soccer 22,830
July 5, 2023   New York City FC 1–1   Charlotte FC Major League Soccer 15,122
July 23, 2023   Club Atlas 1–0   New York City FC 2023 Leagues Cup 22,267
August 20, 2023   Minnesota United FC 2–0   New York City FC Major League Soccer 18,606
September 20, 2023   New York City FC 2–0   Orlando City SC Major League Soccer 15,238

Other sports events

  • The inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic was played at Citi Field on March 17, 2013, only the second time a major-league baseball stadium has staged college lacrosse, according to the Mets. In 1971, Navy played Johns Hopkins at the Houston Astrodome. Holy Cross played Navy at noon, followed by Colgate-Michigan at 3 p.m.[88] Holy Cross defeated Navy 7–5 and Colgate defeated Michigan 10–7, before a crowd of 15,656.[89][90]
  • On June 7, 2015, the first "Legends of Wrestling" event took place at Citi Field. It was a professional wrestling event, featuring veteran wrestlers such as Rob Van Dam, Lita, The Nasty Boys, Scott Steiner, and many more independent professional wrestlers, in up to six matches taking place; the event was headlined by Ric Flair, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, and Bill Goldberg.
  • On November 7, 2015, Citi Field hosted the first game of the Cricket All-Stars Series 2015, featuring many retired cricket players from around the world and led by great cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne. Warne's Warriors defeated Sachin's Blasters by 6 wickets.
  • On January 1, 2018, Citi Field hosted the 10th edition of the NHL Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres. The Rangers won the game in overtime, 3–2. Paul Carey, Michael Grabner, and J.T. Miller scored for the Rangers, while Sam Reinhart, and Rasmus Ristolainen scored for the Sabres. The Sabres were the designated home team for the game, as the Rangers' home arena of Madison Square Garden would lose its property tax exemption from the City of New York if any Rangers home games are not played there.[91]
  • On November 16, 2019, Citi Field hosted the New York Hurling Classic—a one-day hurling tournament featuring Limerick, Kilkenny, Tipperary, and Wexford for the Players Champions Cup—which was won by Kilkenny.[92]



Mets Concert Series post-game concerts (2012–2016)


Between 2012 and 2016, the Mets had a post-game concert series entitled "Mets Concert Series" after selected games. Unlike the concerts where the performance was the sole attraction of the evening, "Mets Concert Series" events were considered promotional dates, and admission to the concert was included in the price of the game ticket. The stage was set up in shallow center field.

COVID-19 pandemic


On January 12, 2021, the Mets and the Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that Citi Field would become a mass vaccination center during the COVID-19 pandemic beginning on January 25. Originally located in the Delta Club, the location was later moved to the former site of McFadden's. Run by the city's public hospital system, the site administered over 200,000 vaccinations.[99]

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