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Mets at Shea Stadium
As a season ticket holder my boyfriend and I get out quite often to see the games. Its so exciting when you're right up front near first base and you get to see the players and all the action from your seat.
Baseball games are a "National" pastime quite fun once you're at the stadium, fans can be quite rowdy, but we're all there to have a good time and root for your team!!
New York Mets at Shea Stadium (Queens)
The NY Mets play at Shea Stadium in the borough of Queens. I went to a game against the Colorado Rockies on a Wednesday afternoon. My ticket, which I got off of the Mets website, was only $5, sitting in the Upper Reserved section. The view was just fine.
The number 7 subway goes right to the ballpark. Couldn't be easier to get here from Manhattan.
The main thing to know about Shea is that it can, and often does, get very windy and cold! Bring a jacket even if it is sunny and warm! Shea is also right next to LaGuardia airport and can get very noisy. You might also want to check if there are any promotions going on that day. I found out - the hard way - that the game I went to was "Kids Fitness" day, and that 10,000 kids were in attendance - all sitting in the same zone I was in! I simply couldn't take any more after about 6 innings and left, with the Mets losing 12-0 and everyone having pretty much lost interest.
Equipment: If you're going to an afternoon or early evening game, you may want to combine your baseball experience with a trip to the nearby Queens Museum of Art or some of the other sites in Flushing Meadows. Be advised though that Flushing Meadows Corona Park is a huge park, and you'll be walking a lot.
New York Mets
Shea Stadium is named after William Alfred Shea, an attorney who was instrumental in acquiring a new team for New York following the city's abandonment by the Giants and the Dodgers in the 1950s.
Shea Stadium Trivia:
Designed to be expandable to 90,000 seats.
Right-center scoreboard is one of largest in the majors, 175 feet long and 86 feet high with Bulova clock on top, about 25 feet behind the outfield fence.
Behind the fence in center, just to the right of the 410 mark, is a Mets Magic Top Hat. When a Met hits a homer, a red Big Apple rises out of the black top hat, which actually looks more like a big kettle.
Worst visibility for hitters in the majors.
Churchlike spire beyond center-field fence formerly graced by "Serval Zippers" sign.
Christened April 16, 1964, with Dodgers Holy Water from the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and Giants Holy Water from the Harlem River at the exact location where it passed the old Polo Grounds.
The only All-Star game to be played at Shea Stadium was in 1964, its inaugural season.
The Beatles played before 53,275 fans in August 1965 and again in August 1966.
The New York Yankees played there from April 6, 1974, to September 28, 1975 while Yankee Stadium was renovated.
Windy Shea Stadium and the NY Mets
Shea is one hell of a cold stadium. We saw the Mets v Expos (now sadly moved to Washington), and the wind was howling in. Maybe I'm just to used to the covered dome in Toronto, but I found it very exposed. Not that nice a stadium either, and the fans were really subdued when we were there (except for a school group from Quebec who must have had a lot of sugar).
Easier to get tickets than Yankees' games. Buy them in advance on the team's website:
Equipment: A coat if early in the season. Cash for a coffee and ballpark frank.
I stopped in New York during my baseball road trip in 2003. The Mets were the only team in town that week, so I went to see them play at Shea Stadium.
Shea opened in 1964 for the Mets, and has also been home to the Jets football team. The Beatles played in front of 60,000 fans in 1965, and many other concerts followed.
Shea was once considered a modern stadium, but is now one of the lowest rated stadiums in baseball.
Equipment: Tickets should be very easy to get. The Mets have tiered pricing system, which means games against better teams will cost more. Depending on the opponent, tickets can be bought from $5 - $53.
Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens (Long Island) is where the hapless New York Mets play their baseball. Ticket prices are steep (as they are in all venues and all sports now), and during the baseball season there are generally few days off for every team. If you're not here to see a game and the Mets are losing somewhere out of town, you might be able to park your car here (with permission) so long as you leave before sundown. With spaces so difficult to find in the city, such alternatives are usually overlooked.
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Though I must admit I am not a Mets fan, I am an avid baseball fan so any chance I had while in the city to see "America's Pasttime" I could not decline. The New York Mets are one of two NYC teams, the other being the famous Yankees. The Mets are the redheaded stepchild so to speak, but still have an outragious following. The fans of the two hate each other. (Think Celtic v. Ranger football or All Blacks v. Wallabies rugby).
Equipment: To the game you must bring money for a beer and hot dog, a camera, (someone who knows how to take proper pictures), a light jacket or jumper, and a good hearted conscious. Some also bring baseball mits but that is usually the younger crowd. Nevertheless, I want to be part of the younger crowd as age is catching up.
It's going, going gone!
Baseball, Amercia's Pastime. This sport started in Hoboken, NJ and is now played internationally, with professional teams in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Taiwan, Cuba, and many more coutries with amateur teams (Australia, Italy, etc.) In New York, you have two teams the Yankees and the Mets. I grew up a Mets fan so I encourage you to go see them.
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