Plans for a new Mets ballpark
The original plans for what will now be Citi Field were created as part of New York City
's 2012 Summer Olympics bid
. After plans for a West Side Stadium
fell through, New York looked for an alternate stadium to host the opening and closing ceremonies. The Olympic stadium project was estimated to cost $
2.2 billion with $180 million provided by New York City and New York State
. If New York had won the bid, the stadium would have been expanded to host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as other sporting events.
Design and construction
The new stadium is planned to have a capacity of 45,000 (42,500 seats, ~2,500 standing room). The exterior facade and entranceway rotunda will be reminiscent of Ebbets Field
(which was long sought by Mets owner Fred Wilpon
, a Brooklyn native). Citi Field will have an interior design that evokes design features of recent ballparks, most notably Oriole Park at Camden Yards
. The projected cost of the new stadium and other infrastructure improvements is $610 million, with the Mets picking up $420 million of that amount. The agreement includes a 40-year lease that will keep the Mets in New York until 2049. The stadium will be accessible via the Long Island Rail Road
(Shea Stadium station
) and the New York City Subway 7 train
(Willets Point-Shea Stadium station
), as with the current facility.
On March 18 2006
, the New York Mets unveiled the official model for the new stadium. By July 2006, initial construction of the new park was underway in the parking lot beyond left-field, with a projected finish ahead of Opening Day
2009 in late March.
By August 2008, the New York Mets and Daktronics
will be installing of integrated scoring and video boards throughout the stadium. 
As of April 13
, all of the structure for the Jackie Robinson Rotunda is now in place with the arched windows receiving their paneling and glass; the upper deck of the ballpark is now in the process of having its seats installed. According to recent reports, the construction is far ahead of schedule, but won't open until 2009. In late August 2008, most of the Citi Field signage has been installed.
Home of the Mets
This stadium will be the third stadium that the Mets call home during their nearly 50-year history. The Mets played the 1962 and 1963 seasons at the Polo Grounds
, which had also been the home of the New York Yankees
and New York Giants
In 1964, they moved to their current home, Shea Stadium
, which in the recent frenzy of ballpark building, is now the fifth oldest stadium in Major League Baseball
, and the third oldest in the National League
On November 13 2006
, it was officially announced that the stadium 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 area named for a corporate sponsor (after Izod Center
in New Jersey, but preceding Prudential Center
and Barclays Center
planned for the Atlantic Yards
proposal in Brooklyn
), officially becoming the first in New York City itself, aside from two minor league ballparks (KeySpan Park
,Richmond County Bank Ballpark
) and Citibank Park
home to Long Island Ducks of Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, 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 Barclays' $400 million deal with the Nets for their planned arena in Brooklyn. 
At the groundbreaking for Citi Field, it was announced that the main entrance, modeled on the one in Brooklyn's old Ebbets Field, will be called the Jackie Robinson
Rotunda, possibly due to campaigns to forego naming rights and name the ballpark after Robinson. The Mets are spending more than $600 million for the new stadium, 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. 
Delta Sky360 Club
Delta Air Lines signed a multiyear deal to sponsor an exclusive section in the Mets’ new ballpark on September 15, 2008. The new Delta Sky360 Club will be a 22,500-square-foot club directly behind home plate. Delta will hold exclusive naming rights to the stadium’s "Sterling Club" level in addition to the providing significant branding presence throughout the park and on the Mets’ official television station, SportsNet New York (SNY). 
Planned stadium facts
||19" to 20", 19" average
||19" to 24", 21" average
||33" to 39"
|Average concourse width
|Restaurants (total capacity)
|No. of toilets
|Field dimensions (feet)
||Left field - 338|
Left center - 371
Center - 410
Right center - 371
Right field - 338
|Left field - 335|
Left center - 379
Center - 408
Right center - 383
Right field - 330
Citi Field Construction Photo Gallery
- Shea Stadium, the current home of the Mets.
- New Yankee Stadium, a new baseball stadium in The Bronx for the New York Yankees, under construction
- Prudential Center, a new arena in Newark, New Jersey for the New Jersey Devils, which opened in October 2007.
- Barclays Center, a new arena in Brooklyn for the current New Jersey Nets, scheduled to begin construction in August 2007 but not yet underway
- Meadowlands Stadium, a new football stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey for the New York Giants and New York Jets.
- Red Bull Arena, a new soccer stadium in Harrison, New Jersey for the New York Red Bulls, under construction.
- West Side Stadium, a failed proposal for a stadium and business complex over the MTA's Hudson Yards
- Mets likely to get 2013 All-Star Game
- Mets reveal 2009 schedule
- The Official Site of The New York Mets: Official Info: Press Release
- Mets Ballparks: 1962–Present, MLB.com. Accessed May 8, 2007.
- The Name Game: Company banners flying on more college stadiums, arenas
- Mets honor Robinson at new home
- Mets go first class with Delta