The New York Mets are often seen as the underdog of the New York teams, yet they still hold a special and sentimental place in many New Yorkers’ hearts. With the start of the 2019 baseball season, The Mets are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first World Series win and the 10th anniversary of their newest home, Citi Field.

In 2009, the Mets replaced long time Queens icon, Shea Stadium, one of New York City’s lost stadiums, and has since then become a favorite destination for baseball fans from all across the country, no matter what team they’re rooting for. What better way to celebrate its 10th anniversary than with a list of 10 secrets of Citi Field!

1. Find Remnants of Shea Stadium in Citi Field

The skyline from Shea Stadium’s original scoreboard now lights up on top of Shake Shack.

Citi Field was built on the former site of Shea Stadium’s parking lot and holds a lot of memorabilia from the former structure that can be seen inside and around the current location. Some of the more notable remnants can be found in the current parking lot where there are plaques that mark the home plate, pitcher’s mound, and bases. Another remnant can be found inside the Hall of Fame and Museum, where there is a pair of bright orange Field level seats from Shea Stadium that you can actually sit and take pictures in.

Additionally, the┬áskyline that sat above the original scoreboard was preserved and now sits above the Shake Shack at the “Taste Of The City” food court in Center Field. Finally, the original Home Run Apple, installed in 1980 behind the centerfield wall, sits right in front of the stadium’s main entrance and acts as a welcome sign for those coming off of the 7 train and Long Island Rail Road. These additions to Citi Field make wonderful tributes to the legacy and iconography of Shea Stadium.

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  1. Kiwiwriter Reply

    The Mets Hall of Fame and Museum gave this Yankee fan a good laugh…it was only added AFTER Met fans complained that CitiField was basically a tribute to the Brooklyn Dodgers, and had nothing in that honored the home team. Thus, it gave the Dodgers TWO home stadiums.

    An embarrassed Met owner Jeff Wilpon dusted off the plaques of the long moribund Met Hall of Fame and added a few new victims — I mean honorees — and created the Mets Museum.

    First time I went to CitiField, I scrutinized the plaques and cracked up at the sight of Tug McGraw’s having a misspelled word. If I’d done that when I was associate editor their house magazine “Inside Pitch,” back in the 1980s (they fired me on when they sold the paper to “Baseball America” in 1985, another reason why I don’t root for the Mets any more), I would have been flogged as pre-game entertainment.

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