Citi Field is located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in the New York City borough of Queens. Completed in 2009, it is the home baseball stadium of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets. Covering 1.2 million square feet, Citi Field was built as a replacement for the formerly adjacent Shea Stadium, which opened in 1964 next to the site of the 1964 – 1965 World’s Fair. Citi Field is named after Citigroup, a New York financial services company which purchased the naming rights.
Several features of the open-air ballpark, including a rotunda at the entrance, evoke memories of Ebbets Field (Brooklyn, 1913 – 1957). This was the intention of Mets owner Fred Wilpon, who was raised in Brooklyn when the Dodgers played there. The park features irregular outfield fences, elaborate steel bridgework, and a cantilevered deck in right field. Other features include a New York Mets interactive museum and Hall of Fame, sit-down restaurant with field-view seating, right field “porch” in fair territory that extends eight feet out over the field, and state-of-the-art video boards and sound system. This intimate world class facility has a 41,922 total capacity with seating angled toward the infield and positioned lower and closer to the field.
The landscaping, lighting, banners, and plaza finishes are designed to enhance the ambient environment for the fans, including the architecturally-designed Selux Saturn luminaires featured in the entrances and throughout the stadium’s walkways.