Some good details here on how Shea Stadium is going down...To those Mets fans frustrated enough to want Shea Stadium blown up to
rid the franchise of the stench of another September collapse, you're
going to be disappointed.
The stadium will be torn down slowly and meticulously, without the help of any dynamite.
"It will be dismantled," said Dave Howard, executive vice president of
business operations. "There won't be an implosion and there won't be
any wrecking balls. It will sort of be strategic cutting and
dismantling section by section."
That process is going to begin in less than two weeks, Howard said, and it's something the Mets have been quickly preparing for.
For starters, Tuesday was the first day not a single Mets employee
reported to work at Shea Stadium. Everyone with the Mets, from the
general manager to the switchboard operator, has now officially been
moved to Citi Field.
The transition process actually began two weeks ago, Howard said. By
the time the Mets' final homestand at Shea began, most employees
already were working out of their offices inside Citi Field.
The only workers who remained at Shea during the final regular-season
games, he said, were those who worked in the ticket office and stadium
operations. That's only because their jobs required them to be there.
Now that the Mets are out of Shea, Howard said they have 15 days from
the final game to clear the stadium of everything they want to save ...
"It's being prepped for demolition," Howard said. "We're pulling out
all salvageable stuff and memorabilia items. It's a very active site
right, with regards to both the Mets and the Parks Department."
That means everything that is for sale or has been bought, from the
seats to the dugouts to the foul poles, are currently being removed. In
a matter of days the stadium will be barren.
Then comes the demolition and pretty soon after that you will start to
notice a difference as you drive by on the Grand Central Parkway.
"It will be gradual," Howard said. "The goal is to have it down by
Opening Day next year for Citi Field, which is April 13. That will be a
challenge, and it will be dependent on a lot of things, including what
the weather is like this winter. But that's the goal."
As Howard spoke, he said he was looking out his office window onto the
crews of workers on the new playing field. The irrigation system is
being installed and the sod is expected to be down by the end of
October, just in time to set in before the winter frost hits. He thinks
more than 90 percent of the seats are now in place.
For Mets fans already looking ahead to next year, the vision of an
almost-finished Citi Field will likely bring warm feelings of a new
"It was very interesting to move over here while the season was still
going on at Shea because we would go back over for games during the
final homestand, and you definitely see Shea Stadium in different
eyes," Howard said. "Even for just a couple of days. The quantitative
difference is exponential."