Citi Field will be just gorgeous!

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There’s no other way to say it: Citi FIeld makes me giddy. Picture a crisp but comfortable late winter day–after so many months away from any ballpark at all!–wandering around the seats at the Mets’ magnificent new home, taking in the view from all sorts of angles, sitting in what will soon be all of our green plastic perches for hours upon hours–now with new, improved leg room. It’s possible I jumped up and down a couple times, but I don’t think anyone saw me.

The tour is awesome. And let’s all thank GaryKeithandRon.com for making it possible! (Speaking of, I wore this comfortable, very well-fit long sleeve tee during the tour, a personal favorite.)

Picture 126y.jpgIf you are on the fence about buying a ticket plan, then let me say do it, and do it soon. The Mets are offering seat tours to help you decide where to purchase, although I believe you must make a $50 deposit on a plan. All information is available at 708-507-TIXX. And by the way? The fun starts right at the ticket sales offices, whose windows look down onto Shea’s former, beloved Home Run Apple (the original!), pictured here.

I personally preferred the 3rd base side, which offers a better view of the scoreboard and Diamondvision, and also the right field porch–a new feature you may have heard about. If you can score a porch seat in foul territory, you may just be catching balls right and left. You feel like you’re right there, a part of the action.

Picture 146y.jpgMy favorite area was the Excelsior level, Caesar Club section. Even just the regular Caesar Club seats (shown right), without the bronze, silver, gold, or platinum designation, are well worth getting–and they include access to the Caesar Club itself, which looks like it will be a fine dining establishment when it’s done, and also the smaller, separate bar. Unfortunately, the Club doesn’t look out onto the field, but there will be TVs everywhere, and it’d still be one helluva place to wait out a rain delay.

Promenade boxes, which you might describe as the lower upper deck, also offer just a gorgeous view and include club access, but even the upper tank–or Promenade–would be a decent investment (though without a club restaurant). The lower rows of the Promenade have a view comparable to Shea’s mezzanine. I only saw up to the 3rd row, though, because that’s where Rob’s seats are…which will likely also be my seats for at least some of the season.

Picture 149y.jpgTake a look at the baseline field level seats, too–you’ve heard that unlike at Shea, these seats point toward the pitcher’s mound and home, and let me tell you it makes a huge difference.

Here’s your new ballpark, folks. It’s going to be amazin’. And I know I’m not the only one holding my breath with hope that it sees a championship very, very soon.

(Oh, and guess who I saw coming out of the building right as I was going in? SNY’s own construction correspondent, Danny Sessa. He’s a sweetheart, and we briefly discussed how Kevin Burkhardt is one of the nicest guys on the planet. Danny says he and Kevin are due for one more Citi Field segment, so stay tuned! That’s Danny in the first picture there. You’ll also see Metsie, in his extraordinary Promenade seats right behind home plate.)

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17 Comments

GREAT post. Thanks, Z! Saw you on Twitter, make sure you follow all of us, over 10 MLB tweeps so far.
Mark/MLB.com
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Got my 15 game ticket plan, which includes Opening “Day”. I’m planning on getting there early so I can go on my own tour that evening. I watched the SNY CitiField Special last night, and can’t wait for our new home to open!

Looks amazing. Whether against the Red Sox or not, I’m going to get to that stadium either this year or next year.
http://nationofone.mlblogs.com/

Really nice. Thanks for the tour. Looking forward to our first Interleague series in ’09!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Zoë, that looks AMAZING! I only have 15 games at Citi Field this season so a tour wouldn’t really fly with me. I can’t wait until March 29, though I’m VERY disappointed the Mets aren’t opening up Citi. But that Friday, I’ll be back, enjoying the greatest team ever. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of a gorgeous ballpark! The countdown begins! 29 days and counting…haha.

- Donnie
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Holy Cripes, that’s awesome.

Thanks for the sneak peek!

Wow, this looks like a beautiful stadium! I think the Padres are going to be the first visiting team there…
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It won’t be the real home of the Mets until they figure out a way to lose when it counts at the end of September. Uh oh, did I just say that? Yep. Cole Hamels made me do it ;-)
–Jeff
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Hey Zoe! GREAT pictures. Thanks for scoping out CitiField for us.

I just can’t get excited about Citi Field, no matter how hard I try. I am going to miss Shea.
http://metsmainman.mlblogs.com

Lucky Zoe! DO you feel a little better about missing spring training now?

1) Awesome bag
2) I have the “Baseball with heart” T, too. I got it for Valentine’s Day!
3) A newish website I think you might like:
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Theresa
http://humanitas.blogspot.com/

Park looks really nice. I love the pics! =) Can’t wait to see the field on TV.

~King of Cali
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The park loks magnificent. We loved Shea, but it was time for a world class ballpark and we got one. Great pictures Zoe!
Pat M.
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Awesome pictures! This will be a great year with the opening of two parks in New York and the renovations in Kansas City. Be sure to check out our renovation pictures from Kauffman Stadium.

http://royals.mlblogs.com/

Hey Zoe – A Mets fan living in Yorkshire, England, here. I just wanted to say I loved the tour around Citi Field. I can’t wait to check out the right field porch and the new Jackie Robinson rotunda.I’m looking forward to reading some of your past posts. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to say hi sometime. Are you on Twitter at all? http://ashleymarshall.mlblogs.com http://www.twitter.com/fantasyhardball

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