Improved amenities and comfort for fans were obvious keys to the design of Citi Field; to create extra leg room and aisle space the ballpark actually holds some 15,000 fewer fans than did its predecessor, Shea Stadium. In November 2006 the Mets and financial services company Citigroup partnered in the marketing and business venture that is Citi Field. Part of the cost of building the stadium came from taxpayer funds, and according to information provided by StubHub! and the Mets' Web site, the facility was designed as a pitcher's park with a huge outfield and its brick exterior is reminiscent of Ebbets Field. And never far from the hearts of many Mets fans will be Shea Stadium, which opened in 1964, was named after attorney William Shea, who helped bring the Mets franchise to New York in 1962, and was situated just an 8-2 throw away from Citi Field.
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Citi Field is New York's "other" new ballpark, built just beyond the outfield fence of old Shea Stadium. Designers incorporated features from long-gone parks like Ebbets Field, and the atmosphere is more intimate than at Shea. In fact, the move means about 15,000 fewer seats, so the ticket supply will be tighter. But the park ensures the Mets will remain in Queens for decades to come. For more on the Citi Field experience, including a game-day itinerary, visit Wise Guides.
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