20 Facts About Citi Field


Citi Field is a baseball stadium located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in New York City, United States.

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Citi Field hosted the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, marking the second time the Mets have hosted the event.

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Citi Field is the only ballpark in Major League Baseball to feature orange foul poles instead of the standard yellow, a unique characteristic that was carried over from Shea Stadium.

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Similar to Shea Stadium, Citi Field's field dimensions ensure it is a pitcher-friendly park.

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The new apple that was constructed for Citi Field is more than four times the size of the previous one and was designed by Minneapolis-based engineering firm Uni-Systems.

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Behind the center field scoreboard is the FanFest area, an expanded family entertainment area that includes a miniature wiffleball field replica of Citi Field called Mr Met's Kiddie Field, a batting cage, a dunk tank, video game kiosks and other attractions.

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Citi Field offers a choice of fresh fruit at several stands around the stadium.

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In 2010 Citi Field upgraded the food choices on the Promenade Level behind home plate.

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Jeff Francoeur, who played with the Mets during their first two years at Citi Field, criticized the ballpark's dimensions, calling it "a damn joke.

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Citi Field is located in the borough of Queens, adjacent to the neighborhoods of Corona, which lies to its west, and Willets Point and Flushing to the east.

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Citi Field is accessible via the New York City Subway via the IRT Flushing Line at the Mets–Willets Point station, and the Long Island Rail Road station on the Port Washington Branch called Mets–Willets Point.

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Since the construction of Citi Field began, satellite parking lots in Flushing Meadow Park have been opened.

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On November 13, 2006, it was announced that the ballpark 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.

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At the groundbreaking for Citi Field, it was announced that the main entrance, modeled on the one in Brooklyn's old Ebbets Field, would be called the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, possibly due to campaigns to forgo naming rights revenue and name the ballpark after Robinson.

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Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who served on the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, stated in regards to the Citi Field naming rights deal, "This type of spending is indefensible and unacceptable to Citigroup's new partner and largest investor: the American taxpayer.

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Instead, Citi Field stated that no government TARP funds would be used in the sponsorship deal.

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On January 1, 2018, Citi Field hosted the 2018 NHL Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres.

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On November 7, 2015, Citi Field hosted the first game of the Cricket All-Stars Series 2015, featuring many retired cricket players from around the world and led by great cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne.

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On November 16, 2019, Citi Field hosted the New York Hurling Classic—a one-day hurling tournament featuring Limerick, Kilkenny, Tipperary, and Wexford for the Players Champions Cup—which was won by Kilkenny.

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On January 12, 2021, the Mets and the Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that Citi Field would become a mass vaccination center during the COVID-19 pandemic beginning on January 25.

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