Come 2019, Citi Field will be home to the New York Mets, and their dedicated fans, for an entire decade. While the time has certainly flown by, the stadium has distinguished itself from the cross town rival New York Yankees’ as the best baseball stadium in New York. While the stadium might be overall better, Yankee Stadium still holds a distinct advantage over Citi Field in one field. The Yankees truly have made their fans feel at home by Yankee-fying the place, from the myriad of retired pinstripe numbers to the frieze that rounds the stadium. Meanwhile in Queens, Citi Field can sometimes feel like a dedication to baseball history more than a home stadium. The 7 Line recently asked their Twitter following what they thought was needed to make the ballpark better, and it was mostly based around giving the stadium a more at home feeling.
The experience for most fans begins with entering through the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. While Robinson was a pioneer for everything that he contributed to baseball history, it was a puzzling decision to make him the focal point of the entrance to your ballpark. This space should probably have went to an all-time great player that donned the orange and blue pinstripes. Tom Seaver, anyone? While it is too late to remove the rotunda, it is never too late to rename a significant entrance to the ball park to Seaver.
This conversation comes at the time of year when the hot stove is starting to become quiet for the Mets, so attention shifts to things that we as fans want. Usually, the idea of a statue comes to mind for Seaver. A statue would be nice, but creating an entire section dedicated to just him would be more appropriate. Is there any reason not to? Seaver is one of the greatest to have ever played the position, and deserves the bullpen gate named in his honor.
Other suggestions made by fans ranged from bathroom improvements to orange and blue seats. It would be incredibly interesting to visualize what the stadium would look like with the seats adorned with the colors of the team. It wasn’t until 1980 that Shea Stadium had both blue and orange seats, and along with the green and red, made for a look that was unique and colorful to anyone who had the pleasure of taking in a game at the now demolished stadium.
A tradition that made Shea unique is still carried on at Citi Field. The Mets are still the only team that has orange foul poles in each corner, which might be one of the traditions carried over from the old park. There will always be the apple, which is hated by about as many fans as it is loved, but still a symbol of home to cling onto. Citi Field is a beautiful stadium by all means, and as a baseball fan, it is truly a pleasure to be able to go to games there. While it is a nice stadium though, it does not necessarily shout home for the fans, but there is always time to fix that.