Citi Field: The Complete Guide

CIti Field

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Located in Queens Citi Field is the home of the New York Mets baseball team. It opened in 2009 and replaced the Mets' former home, Shea Stadium. Going there for a baseball game is an iconic American experience. The atmosphere, the cheering, the food, it's all part of the game. Dress in your best blue and orange, and make your way to Citi Field to cheer on the home team. And if baseball isn't your thing, don't worry. Citi Field also hosts special events like festivals and concerts.

Directions To Citi Field

Citi Field is located in Flushing, Queens. It's easily accessible from Manhattan by public transportation. The address is Roosevelt Avenue. Flushing, NY 11368-1699. 

  • Subway to Citifield: Take the 7 to Mets-Willets Point station. Travel time is about 30 minutes.
  • LIRR (Long Island Railroad) to Citifield: Take the LIRR to Mets-Willets Point station from Penn Station. Travel time is about 30 minutes.
  • Driving to Citifield: Citi Field is located near the Grand Central Parkway, the Long Island Expressway and the Whitestone Expressway.
  • More: Complete Mass Transit Directions to Citi Field
  • Driving Directions: Driving directions from NY, NJ, CT and throughout the five boroughs.

    You can also take a ferry to Citi Field. New York Water Taxi provides free ferry service to Citi Field thanks to Delta Airlines. You'll need to return via subway, as service is only offered to the game. Sea Streak also provides round-trip ferry service to Citi Field for select weekend home games from New Jersey.

    Things to See at Citi Field

    The Mets Hall of Fame and Museum is located adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. The museum is huge - 3,700-square-feet! - and takes you down memory lane from the Mets biggest moments. You can find artifacts from Mets games and see footage of memorable moments.

    Mikkeller NYC is a new brewery that moved into Citi Field last year. It has been made especially for New Yorkers on site. You can try a sour or a fruity beer. There are also flights. It gets busy on game days so arrive early so you can get a seat.

    Families will love being in the Good Humor Fan Fest, which is made for kids and located on the concourse level. There are video games, a batting cage, a dunk tank for cooling off. There is a tiny baseball diamond children can run around. And Mr. Met regularly makes an appearance.

    Know Before You Go

    The Jackie Robinson Rotunda, Hodges and Stengel entrances open 2 1/2 hours before the scheduled game time for visitors who want to watch batting practice. All other entrances open 1 1/2 hours before game time. Arrive early to avoid delays passing through Citi Field security. Here is a Citifield Map that highlights attractions, concessions, merchandise, and services at Citifield. You will need to navigate to each level of the field to see the map for that area.

    Smoking is prohibited in the stadium, except in these locations:

    • Plaza Level - Left Field Gate
    • Field Level - Center field staircase landing across from the back of the CitiVision video board
    • Promenade Level - The top of the ramp across from section 527

    Coolers, glass and plastic bottles, and cans, as well as bags larger than a purse or child's backpack are not permitted. If you want to bring your own food and drink, keep these policies in mind -- juice boxes offer a good drink solution (they're even available with iced tea, etc) and packing a few small snacks in your child's backpack could be an option. If you bring anything that is forbidden you'll have to return it to your car before entering the stadium.

    Tailgating rules prohibit alcohol and open fires (including barbecues), as well as impeding pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

    You might want to review the Citi Field Fan Map before you go to Citi Field. It does a great job of highlighting Citi Field attractions, as well as the many options for food available at Citi Field.

    Dining

    Citi Field has become known in recent years for its concessions, restaurants, and clubs. The food now matches the calibre of the baseball. Here are some places to check out:

    • Nathan's hot dogs, fries and corn dogs throughout the park
    • Shake Shack - great burgers, hot dogs and frozen custard
    • Blue Smoke - pulled pork and ribs served up at two locations
    • Mama's of Corona - Italian heros and desserts
    • Mikkeller NYC - this brewery is located in Citi Field. They specialize in making beer with interesting ingredients. Get a flight and a snack.

    Citifield's clubs offer restaurant options for fans. Access to the clubs and restaurants is restricted to particular seat holders, so check details on their website.

    • Delta Sky360 Club - located behind home plate, the Delta Sky360 Club is open to Delta Club Platinum and Gold seat holders and offers complementary drinks and snacks. There is a fine dining restaurant, two bars and a casual snack bar.
    • Champions Club - with two locations, one behind first base, another behind third base, these Citifield restaurants each feature pictures and memorabilia from the NY Mets 1969 and 1986 championship teams.
    • Acela Club - reservations are recommended at this fine-dining establishment inspired by Drew Nieporent of Tribeca Grill and Nobu fame.
    • Caesar Club - Cafe Rome offers visitors casual dining, as well as a full-service bar, couches and flat screen TVs.
    • Promenade Club - A casual dining restaurant and two bars are available behind home plate on the promenade level.
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