— Days Without Shea —

Filed under: Baseball | CitiField | Mets
by Kingman on December 4 at 8:28AM

Loge13.com buddy Bobster asked a very good question recently:

When I lived in San Francisco in 2004, I'd sometimes take a stroll over to Bobster_SF1the beautiful new ballpark of the SF Giants.  One of the many charming details is the area behind right field, where fans can stand and see the game - for free.

It harkens back to Ebbets Field and the knothole gang....kids who would peek through the fence to see their Dodgers play.  Since CitiField is being designed to resemble Ebbets Field in many way, is there going to be something similar here, where fans can actually watch the game for free?

After all, since Shea Stadium opened in 1964, fans could watch the game from the subway platform.....for many years it was free, then it just cost the price of a subway ride.

The viewing area behind right field at AT&T Park works quite well.  Fans get three innings before they must yield their spot.  And it's almost like being on the field, as these photos testify.  That's Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon standing just beyond the viewing area.
Bobster_SF2
So how about it, Mets?

Thanks for the note and the photos, Bobster. Other folks should chime in but as far as I know, there are no free views to the playing field at Citi Field. The existing subway platform will be torn down and replaced with an access way that leads right up to the Citi Field Rotunda. I’ve walked the sides of Citi Field and it appears to be all brick. Maybe there will be clear views from the outfield. It would be awesome to have something like what they have at AT&T Park:

Bobster_SF3

A free vantage point from the outside is the only way most of us will see Met games live after 2008.




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