Citi Field

Citi Field is a stadium located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in the New York City borough of Queens. Completed in 2009, it is the home baseball park of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets.

Citi Field was built as a replacement for Shea Stadium, which was constructed in 1964 next to the site of the 1964-1965 World’s Fair. Citi Field is named after Citigroup, a financial services company based in New York that purchased the naming rights. The $850 million baseball park is being funded by the sale of New York City municipal bonds which are to be repaid by the Mets plus interest.

The first game at Citi Field took place on March 29, 2009, with a college baseball game between St. John’s and Georgetown.  The Mets played their first two games at the ballpark on April 3 and April 4, 2009 against the Boston Red Sox as charity exhibition games. The first regular season home game was played on April 13, 2009, against the San Diego Padres. The Mets are considered likely to win the rights to host the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field, which would bring the game to the Mets’ home field for only the second time; the first was at Shea in its 1964 inaugural season.

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Hours of operation: All parking lots will open no less than four (4) hours prior to the scheduled beginning of games/events at Citi Field. The only exception to these hours is the Commuter Lot (see Commuter Lot info below). Credit cards: The Mets are one of the first teams in the area to offer credit card usage in the lanes at Citi Field. In addition to cash, patrons may choose to use their major credit card to gain entry to any of the Day of Game (General Parking) Lots. There are NO additional fees to use your credit card at Citi Field. All credit card information is encrypted at the time of the transaction. Accessible Parking: Accessible parking spaces are readily available on a first-come, first-served basis, in order to fairly serve Citi Field fans. Spaces may not be reserved in advance. Vehicles identified in the accessible spaces without proper hang tag or licenses plates will be towed immediately at the owners cost. Rain Out/Postponement: In the event of an MLB sanctioned rain-out or post poned game, Mets fans will be able to use their receipt for parking in the event the game is cancelled or postponed. The receipt will be honored only for the new date on which the game is replayed. No cash refunds are available for the initial parking entry. Special Event Parking: All lots will generally be open four (4) hours prior to the start of a special event. Fans should check on mets.com to determine the opening time of the lots for any special event as well as cost to park for those events. Access-A-Ride: the drop off and pick up location for all Guests using the Access-A-Ride service is the Bullpen Gate on 126th Street. Black Car Service: Guests interested in hiring a car service for post-game transportation will find "black cars" available at either end of the Mets office building on 126th Street. This service is provided by third parties independent of the New York Mets. Game/Event Parking Rates Any vehicle entering Citi Field's primary parking lots when they are open for a baseball game will be charged the game parking fee of $19. Any vehicle entering when these lots are open for a special event will be charged the special event parking fee. Handicapped Parking: Citi Field's parking lots include more than 350 parking spaces designated exclusively for our Guests with disabilities. These spaces are located in lots A, B, F and G, and are available to any Guest displaying a valid handicapped parking pass and possessing either a Citi Field preferred parking pass or a daily parking receipt for that day's event. Additional handicapped parking spaces are available in the Southfield Lot. Hours of Operation: - All lots will open four hours prior to the scheduled beginning of games/events at Citi Field. The only exception to these hours is the Commuter Lot (see Commuter Lot). Parking Rainchecks: Guests will be able to use their receipt for parking in the event the game is cancelled or postponed. The receipt will be honored only for the date on which the game is replayed. No cash refunds are available. Preferred Parking Passes: - The option to purchase preferred parking passes for all 81 New York Mets home games is available exclusively to Season Ticket account holders. To add preferred parking to your account, season ticket holders should contact Season/Plan Account Customer Service at (718) 565-4360 for more information. There are four designated preferred parking areas within the main Citi Field parking lot, but preferred parking passes will be honored in any Citi Field or remote parking lot. Guests holding preferred parking passes may enter through any gate except Gate 1. Please present your parking hangtag to the attendant upon entering the parking lot, and display your parking hangtag in a prominent location attached to your rearview mirror when parking.

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