Date: Wednesday August 16, 6:40pm
Teams: New York Mets vs. New York Yankees
Ticket(s): Section 518, Row 3, Seat 15 ($54 – SeatGeek)
Miles Driven: 13,369
Average Ticket Cost Through 25 Games: $14.21
I snagged a hotel room in Corona, just a half mile walk from Citi Field. Upon my landing at La Guardia, I found a street parking spot near the hotel (lucked out big! No parking on Thursdays from 8:30a-10a and I got there at 10:06a, with plenty of spots open). From there, I jumped on the 7 train and headed into Manhattan for a day of walking around Mid-Town and the West Village. I checked off a bunch of touristy sights, grabbed some NY pizza and eventually headed back to Queens for the game.
The main entrance to Citi Field is beautiful. The Jackie Robinson Rotunda is large and open, with tributes to integrity and honor reinforcing the tribute to #42. After heading up the escalators and making my way to the upper level, I found my actual seat (!!!) and watched the first couple innings before beginning to explore. The stadium was pretty packed from the get-go, so moving around was going to be a challenge. I first set out for the right field “Coca Cola Corner” which had probably the most accessible standing room.
The Coca Cola Corner is a great place to watch the game from. There’s all kinds of lawn games for kids to play, some lawn couches and plenty of high top tables to gather around. However, there’s just one concession stand. For the entirety of the two innings I watched from the top of row of the right field seats, the lines for that concession stand remained at least 50 feet long. This was a running theme. By the fourth inning I decided to start moving again and I wanted to get a bite to eat. As I walked around lower level, from right field to left, every single concession stand had an obscene line. In fact, several concession stands weren’t even fully staffed. Seems strange for one of the biggest games of the year.
I actually decided to move back up to the upper level to find a concession area with a shorter line. I did, though still waited in line for almost an entire inning just to get some nachos. I made my way back to my seat to watch the bottom of the sixth and sevenths innings. By this time, the Yankees had built a 7-1 lead and were cruising. The crowds were quickly starting to thin out and the energy and dueling chants (“Let’s Go Yankees! Let’s Go Mets!”) were disinterested compared to the game I was at Monday night.
Finally, in the ninth I made my move to the lower level and eventually made it to the first base sideline a bit behind the dugout. Interesting thing about Citi: they have protective nets not just the entire length of the dugouts (further than most stadiums) but also another 40 or so feet beyond the dugouts.
In the bottom of the ninth, Curtis Granderson his a grand slam to cut the lead to 7-5 and prompt the Yankees to bring in Dellin Betances to close it out. He did and the Yankees held on for the two run win and the four-game Subway Series sweep.
An off day Friday. I’ll drive out to Bristol, CT to spend a day with my buddy Matt and get a tour of the ESPN headquarters. Then it is off to Boston, Saturday, for Yankees at Red Sox.