Citi Field is located at 126th Street and Roosevelt Avenue in New York, New York. The park is home to Major League Baseball team, the New York Mets. The park was built as a replacement for Shea Stadium, which was constructed near the site of the World's Fair, between the years of 1964-1965. The stadium was designed by the architecture firm HOK Sports, after plans for a West Side Stadium fell through.
The cost to build the stadium was $610 million, with seating capacity of 42,500 seats with an additional 2,500 in standing room. Citi Field is the third baseball park the New York Mets have called home during the clubs 50 year history. Citi Field has 830 wheel chair seating areas, 54 luxury suites, 4 restaurants, a 7,200 square foot team store, 11 public elevators and a museum devoted to the history of Mets baseball.
The exterior of Citi Field was influenced by PNC Park, which is the favorite of Mets management and owners. Shea Stadium was the only baseball park to have orange foul poles instead of the standard yellow, Citi Field carries on the tradition along with the New York Mets Home Run Apple. The exterior rotunda and entryway are designed in the same manner as Ebbets Field, and joins Coors Field and Safeco Field as being modern parks having models of the Ebbets Field rotunda.
The name Citi Field comes from Citigroup, Inc., the company pays $20 million per year for the next twenty years. Citi Field is the second largest sports venue to be named after a corporate sponsor. The main entrance to the facility is called the Jackie Robinson Rotunda; Robinson was the first African-American Major League baseball player and Hall of Fame inductee.
The complete cost of building the stadium was $850 million, with $450 million coming from public funds. The first game at the stadium was on April 3rd, 2009, between the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox, in a charity exhibition game. The inaugural season began on April 13th, 2009 with the Mets playing the San Diego Padres. Citi Field is the site of the 2013 All-Star Game, which marks the first time the Mets have ever hosted the prestigious event.
Citi Field features unprecedented views of the New York skyline and connects the heritage of Mets baseball with the city. The atmosphere of the stadium is more intimate than fields of the past and offers guests some of the widest unobstructed views available. The concourse level of the stadium features a walkway that circulates completely around the park and allows for expansive field views and optimum standing room capacity. The park contains several features designed to maximize the comfort of visitors and families. Citi Field welcomes guests to enjoy an exciting game of baseball at one of the most unique ballparks in the United States.