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Mets Hall of Fame & Museum opens this Monday, April 5, Opening Day at Citi Field04/01/2010 1:41 PM ET
FLUSHING, N.Y., March 31, 2010 - The New York Mets today announced the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum will open this Monday, April 5 - Opening Day - at Citi Field. Fans with tickets to the 1:10 p.m. game against the Florida Marlins will be able to access the museum when gates open at 10:40 a.m.
The Mets Hall of Fame & Museum recognizes the greatest moments in club history and honors those who have left an indelible mark on the organization. The museum features significant artifacts, interactive exhibits, videos and photographic imagery, recognizing the unforgettable plays and players that have defined the Mets' 48-year history.
Highlights include plaques honoring the 21 members of the Mets Hall of Fame (with the Class of 2010 to be installed Sunday, August 1), the 1969 and 1986 World Series Championship trophies, and memorabilia on loan from Mets greats including: Tom Seaver's 1969 Cy Young Award and Keith Hernandez's 1987 Gold Glove Award. The ball Mookie Wilson hit in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series that brought Ray Knight home with the winning run - voted by fans as the most memorable moment in Shea Stadium history - will also be on display courtesy of the Seth Swirsky Collection.
The Mets Hall of Fame & Museum features more than a dozen artifacts from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. including the ball used in the first play at Shea Stadium, Tommie Agee's glove from the 1969 World Series and the ball Tom Seaver threw to Mike Piazza for the ceremonial first pitch to open Citi Field. Numerous private collectors have also loaned memorabilia for display at the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum.
Exhibits chronicle all facets of Mets history including the creation of the franchise, the work of broadcasting legends Ralph Kiner, Bob Murphy and Lindsey Nelson, and the championship seasons of 1969 and 1986. Major League Baseball Productions created custom videos of those memorable seasons for display at the museum.
"The Mets Hall of Fame & Museum honors the greatest players and greatest events in our history," said Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, New York Mets. "The museum connects generations of fans to the moments they cherish and reflects our ongoing commitment to celebrate our heritage and history at Citi Field."
Season Ticket and Plan Holders will have an exclusive first-look at the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum during the team's workout day Sunday, April 4, starting at 9:30 a.m. The Mets will announce access to the museum on non-game days along with tour information in the coming weeks.
The Mets collaborated on the 3,700 square-foot museum with curators at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, internationally acclaimed designers at Populous, and exhibit producers at 1220 Exhibits Inc. The Mets Hall of Fame & Museum, adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda on the first base side of Citi Field, will be accessible through the Rotunda on game days to all fans holding tickets.
A limited number of Opening Day tickets are available through the purchase of Season Tickets and Plans by phone at (718) 507-TIXX and by visiting Mets.com and LosMets.com.
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