CITI FIELD.

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Yes, this is my home park. I like to think that I am more analytical than the average fan, that I can see my ballpark with an outsider’s perspective, and to some extent, I think I do that. I already have an extensive, multi-page MetsGrrl.com Guide To Citi Field over at my other site, which is designed to be definitive, and that’s the right place for it to live. I also have the Insider’s Guide with my personal recommendations.

So I will just summarize the most critical information below:

  • Ballpark Tours: There are none.
  • Food and drink: You can bring food, and you can bring drinks in sealed bottles only. Very important that last one, because we used to be able to bring non-alcoholic drinks in any bottle we wanted to. They started to allow people to bring in empty bottles so they could be filled at a water fountain, but who knows with those clowns if they’ll have their act together on this front in 2010.
  • Getting to the ballpark: You take the 7 train. End. You do not take a taxi, you do not rent a car, and you only take the LIRR if you’re coming from Jersey or Long Island or with your Uncle Bernie from the Upper West Side who has some trouble with stairs. Do not wimp out on this one, or pull a John Rocker. Take the 7.
  • Buying tickets: The Mets are not yet in bed with Ticketmaster, so you buy from mets.com. I have no sense, yet, what 2010 will be like in terms of ticket sales. I will update this when I do. You should assume, however, that things like Opening Day, the Hall of Fame day, “Pyrotechnics Night,” and the Subway Series will have high demand (they didn’t even put the Subway Series games on sale yet, trying to continue to use them as the proverbial carrot on the stick that is ticket plan sales).
  • Where to sit: Where to sit is largely a matter of what you want to spend. Our tickets are ridiculously expensive. I remain a big fan of the Promenade Reserved Infield, and you’ll do well almost anywhere you sit there. If you’re worried about the plexiglass obstructions we became known for upstairs, avoid the first four rows. I think the Caesar’s Club is overpriced and overrated. I do not like the Left Field landing or any seats in the outfield, but I do think the Pepsi Porch has some charm to it. Field level seats are, well, field level seats. There are no bleacher seats, and the seats by the apple and on the bridge in center field (both of those mentioned because they are some of the most popular search queries I see coming into my Mets site) are for groups only. The Mets do not sell standing room tickets, although there is nothing to prevent you from buying any ticket and then finding a comfortable place to stand on the field level.
  • Food: Our food is awesome and there’s a full description in the guide. It will take too long to list the options here. I will just say that our Shake Shack line is almost as bad as the one in Madison Square Park, but our premium food lines are nowhere near as bad as Philly (where you have to get online the minute you get to the ballpark or you won’t get your food before first pitch).
  • Bars and restaurants near Citi Field: This hasn’t changed since Shea was there – there is nothing. Party in Manhattan before you get on the 7 train. (Yes, I know McFadden’s is opening a Citi Field outpost, but until it does open and I know what the logistics of it will be, I’m not about to recommend it.)
  • Bag check: THERE IS NO BAG CHECK AT OR NEAR CITI FIELD. Standard MLB bag regulations apply. Don’t bring a suitcase or a backpack, there’s nothing you can do with it.

For additional information, please visit my Guide To Citi Field over at MetsGrrl.com, my other site. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but people love the guide and say that they think it’s the best one out there.

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