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Citi Field
Flushing, New York

  • project Citi Field
  • client New York Mets
  • architect Populus (HOK Sport)
  • general contractor Hunt-Bovis

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.

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