Sunday, April 19, 2009

Citi Field

It was a perfect spring day in New York so Kevin and I went to a ballgame at the just opened Citi Field in Flushing. The Mets were playing my home state Milwaukee Brewers and the Brew Crew won today 4-2. It’s easy to get to the stadium from downtown and only took about 40 minutes on the 7 train. It has a capacity of 42,000, over 15,000 fewer seats than Shea Stadium and the exterior facade is reminiscent of Ebbets Field.

Citi Field offers a wide choice of eateries. Taste of the City is the food court located in the left center field section of the ballpark. It includes a variety of stands, including the award winning Shake Shack (Burgers, Fries, Shakes), Blue Smoke (Barbecue), El Verano Taqueria (Mexican Cuisine), Nonna Delia’s (Italian), Box Frites (Belgian French Fries) and Catch of the Day (Seafood). The World's Fare Market is located on the field level and features sushi from Daruma of Tokyo and sandwiches and pastries from Mama's of Corona. Restaurants and shops are available in every level of the ballpark.

All of the choices were temping but by habit I chose the sweet Italian sausage which is the real reason I go to the ballpark. It was better than ever with fresh crisp onions and peppers, plus it wouldn’t be a Brewers game without a Brat. Overall the entire experience at Citi Field was great. The seats are wider and there is more legroom compared to Shea. The concession and bathroom lines were almost non existent except of course for Shake Shack but a line is inevitable with any Shake Shack. I haven’t been to the new Yankees Stadium yet but it will be hard for it to compare to the Mets Citi Field.

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