04/01/2010 2:04 PM ET
Mets announce additional enhancements to Citi Field for 2010 season
Shea Stadium Home Run Apple moves to Mets Plaza outside Jackie Robinson Rotunda; Mets Topps Baseball Cards on Field Level expands team presence in Rotunda; New Blue Smoke, Box Frites and Big Apple Brews locations in Promenade
FLUSHING, N.Y., April 1, 2010 - The New York Mets today announced additional enhancements to Citi Field for the 2010 season that raises the profile of club history and elevates the fan experience at their new home.
The Shea Stadium Home Run Apple has been relocated to Mets Plaza in front of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, offering fans a central meeting point. The popular piece of Mets history will also be available anytime before or after games for photo opportunities.
Topps baseball cards showing the Mets lineup of the day's game will sit atop the escalators and stairs in the Rotunda. Oversized vintage baseball cards of Cleon Jones, Dave Kingman and Robin Ventura will be among those featured on Topps displays on the first and third base sides of the Field Level.
Following a successful inaugural season, Union Square Hospitality Group's Blue Smoke and Box Frites concepts will open additional locations in the Promenade Food Court along with a second Big Apple Brews, featuring 30 Anheuser-Busch products.
The 1969 and 1986 World Champion Mets will be celebrated at the Champions Club, formerly known as the Ebbets Club, on the Field Level behind home plate. Photographs from those memorable seasons will decorate the space, with the first base side honoring the 1986 team and the third base side saluting the 1969 club.
"These changes along with the opening of the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum, reflect our ongoing desire to enhance the fan experience and showcase Mets history," said Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, New York Mets. "Our fans told us what they wanted to see, and we will continue to respond to their feedback as we further refine the ballpark."
The previously announced renaming of Citi Field's VIP entrances will be completed for Opening Day. Hodges VIP, on the first base side of the ballpark, is marked both inside and outside with imagery of the legendary Mets manager Gil Hodges. Seaver VIP, on the third base side, features photos of Mets Hall-of-Fame pitcher Tom Seaver. Stengel VIP, at the left field entrance, displays imagery of the first manager in team history, Casey Stengel.
Banners of Mets players from all eras including Ed Kranepool and Edgardo Alfonzo have been added to Mets Plaza and in the parking lots. Inside the ballpark, the centerfield scoreboard "Lets Go Mets" sign facing the field and the "Home of the Mets" sign on the opposite side both now use the Mets script logo.
The outfield bridge on the Field Level will be dedicated Shea Bridge during a pre-game ceremony on Opening Day. Naming the bridge after William A. Shea honors the man who brought National League baseball back to New York after the Dodgers and Giants left for California in 1957 leading to the creation of the Mets.
A limited number of tickets to Opening Day, Monday, April 5 against the Florida Marlins at 1:10 p.m., are available through the purchase of Season Tickets and Plans by phone at (718) 507-TIXX and at Mets.com or LosMets.com.