Citi Field - born from a failed Olympic bid
The creation of the plan for the stadium came after the veto of the plan for the
construction of the West Side Stadium and was part of the failed New York City 2012
Olympic bid. It will, however, be built despite New York's loss of the Games. The
Olympic stadium project was estimated to cost $2.2 billion with $180 million provided
by the New York City and New York State. If New York had won the bid, the stadium
would have been expanded to host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as
other sporting events, and the Mets would have played their baseball season at New
Yankee Stadium. However, due to London winning the Olympic bid, the location of
the stadium was slightly altered so it could not expand to an Olympic stadium had
New York won a future bid.
the new Major
stadium for the New
York Mets to be built
in Willets Point in the
New York City
borough of Queens
as a replacement for
Shea Stadium, which
was constructed in
1964 adjacent to the
site of the 1964
The photo on the
right shows Shea
Stadium on the left,
and the new Citi
Field on the right.
Style & Design
Inspired by tradition, Citi Field will be clad in brick, limestone, granite
and cast stone, with the brick closely resembling the masonry used at
Ebbets Field, both in color and texture. Exposed steel will be painted
dark blue and the seats will be dark green.
A landscaped plaza around the ballpark will welcome fans, improve
access and egress, and create space for pre- and post-game
activities, vendors, and other amenities.
Jackie Robinson Rotunda
As the first step in this effort, the Mets and Citi will commission a
statue and name the entry rotunda of Citi Field - inspired by the
classic design of Ebbets Field - to honor Jackie Robinson, the
legendary pioneer and great American who broke baseball's color
barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. The partnership will
include a significant commitment to recognize and perpetuate, in and
around the rotunda and the community, Robinson's legacy and the
"nine values" he embodied as articulated by his daughter and
Foundation Vice Chair, Sharon Robinson: courage, integrity,
determination, persistence, citizenship, justice, commitment,
teamwork, and excellence.
A structural steel "bridge" motif throughout Citi Field reinforces the
Mets' connection to New York's five boroughs while also symbolically
linking the team's storied tradition to its future. Design elements call
for exposed trusses, light towers, scoreboard structure, and a roof
canopy that recall the ballparks of yesteryear.
Interior view from homeplate
Citi Field's baseball-specific design produces superior sightlines for
the game throughout the venue. There is a more intimate
atmosphere with seating angled toward the infield and set down
closer to the field. Forty-two percent of the ballpark's seats will be
located in the Concourse (or lowest) seating level.
The ballpark will feature some of the widest unobstructed
concourses in new sports facilities. Concession stands and
restrooms will be located within the facility's exterior walls leaving the
circulation areas with uninterrupted views of the field.
The Concourse level features 360-degree, walk-around circulation
around the ballpark with expansive field views and ample standing
room. The Promenade level features a split-deck design providing
uninterrupted views into the ballpark from the circulation and
Wider seats provide enhanced comfort throughout the venue while
more space between the rows allows for improved legroom.