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02/19/09 12:32 AM ET

Final piece of Shea taken down

The last piece of Shea Stadium was knocked down Wednesday morning, marking the end of the New York Mets' first ballpark after 44 storied years.

Mets spokesman Ethan Wilson confirmed to The Associated Press that the final standing portion of the original structure, the section 5 ramp, was razed at 11:25 a.m. ET in the shadow of the Mets' $800 million new home, Citi Field, which will open in April.

Shea Stadium opened April 17, 1964, with the Mets falling, 4-3, to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Mets won the World Series in the ballpark in 1969 and '86.

Doug Miller is reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.