Baseball is a celebrated American sport in the US in general. But in New York, it’s so much more than a sport, it’s in their DNA and identity. Talking to New York baseball fans can be very passionate and I love doing that in a bar over a beer. It’s only right to check out a baseball game such as the Mets.
Coronavirus Pandemic 2020 and MLB
With coronavirus ravaging the world and hit the US and New York the hardest, professional sports have either been canceled or postponed. Initially, MLB postponed the 2020 season. However, they recently canceled all remaining Spring Training games which can put the season in jeopardy. There have been talks however to bring all 30 teams which include the Mets and have the teams play in Phoenix, Arizona. We’re not exactly sure about the thought process of this, but we’re hearing that if this does move forward, it will be played in an empty stadium.
NY Mets Schedule
The New York Mets play as often as 5x a week, so the chances that you will be in town for a home game are pretty good. However, if they happen to be playing an away game, see if the New York Yankees have a home game during your visit. Generally, speaking, baseball season runs from April through September, and possibly longer if the team makes it far in the playoffs. What you’ll notice is that the NY Mets or the NY Yankees typically play 2 or 3 days in a row. Sometimes, if a game has to be postponed due to weather, teams will play a double-header. What that means is they’ll play one game during the day and one at night. Teams play 162 regular-season games and then additional games depending on the playoffs.
NY Mets Tickets & Seats
I recommend seats in the red and medium-blue sections (100 series and 300 series) – these seats will allow you to see the players and bring you closer to the action without compromising ticket prices. When buying New York Mets tickets, you can choose to have them delivered to you as a voucher that you print out (e-ticket), or you can go the traditional route and have paper tickets mailed to you. Getting them sent to you via regular mail may take one to two weeks. Once you have selected and purchased tickets for a game, it will tell you the expected delivery date.
About Citi Field
The baseball team plays at Citi Field Stadium in Flushing-Meadows Park located in Queens NYC. The stadium was built in 2009 to replace the old Shea Stadium. Experience and cheer on the New York Mets along with 45,000 other baseball fans and enjoy the incredible atmosphere of the game! Flushing-Meadows Park is also the home of Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the US Open Tennis Tournament is played!
Getting to Citi Field in Queens
Citi Field is easily accessible to the public. The best way to get there is by taking the 7 train towards Flushing, Queens. If you’re coming in from Manhattan, you can take the subway at 34th Street-Hudson Yards, 42nd Street-Time Square, 42nd Street-Bryant Park, and 42nd Street-Grand Central. From there, you’ll want to get off at Mets-Willets Point Station. Additionally, if you’re coming from Long Island, you can take the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to Woodside in Queens. Transfer from there to take the 7 train.
When should you arrive at the stadium?
I recommend getting there about an hour before the game starts. This will allow you to watch the Mets warm-up and to feel the anticipation build as the game gets closer. Plus, wait lines are not as long then and you can also take a tour of the other sections of the stadium, something that I always enjoy doing.
More about the NY Mets
The Mets are one of two New York baseball franchises in Major League Baseball (MLB). The official name is actually the Metropolitan Baseball Club of New York – but that’s a lot more cumbersome than “Mets”, and the team is thus known by the abbreviated name. The name is a tribute to the New York Metropolitans, a team that played in New York from 1883 to 1887. The team has experienced some successes but has also suffered many setbacks. To this day, they hold the dubious record of the most losses (103) in a single season in the history of MLB. The New York Mets can lay claim to two World Series wins, but these occurred in the distant past. Hopefully, the team can turn it around. It also doesn’t help that the other New York team is the infamous New York Yankees.
The New York Mets were established in 1962 and have weathered many a storm. The first games were played in the former stadium of the New York Giants. Two years later, the Mets found a home at Shea Stadium in Queens. In 1957, two National League baseball clubs left New York for the west coast. Not wanting the Big Apple to be without a major National League team, William Shea, a prominent lawyer from New York, requested the addition of an expansion team (the New York Yankees, by the way, play in the American League). Shea got his wish in 1962 and the New York Mets started their first season.
I chose the words “the SECOND New York team”carefully because the New York Mets are overshadowed by the New York Yankees in terms of team successes and recognition. But that doesn’t mean a whole lot if you are a fan of the Mets! Other things like the game atmosphere, are also important, and the Mets certainly deliver here. The New York Mets won the MLB Championship, also known as The World Series, twice. However, both titles were won long ago. The team’s success in 1969 was followed by a long drought that can be blamed on a flawed personnel strategy. Older and more experienced personnel were to support the young team. While this sounded good in theory, it did not work out well in the dug-out and it took management a long time to recognize that. It wasn’t until 17 years later that the Mets won their second World Series title. Now it’s been at least thirty years since they have won the World Series which was in 1986.
If baseball, isn’t your thing or you want to check out other sporting events in NYC, there are numerous other sports teams to check out.
I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On this blog, I want to share everything I have learned and discovered, so you can have the best time in the greatest city in the world!