Our complete Citi Field guide will help you plan your trip to see the New York Mets and New York City. Read below to find money and time saving tips, including:
- The best seats for Mets games
- The best place to buy Mets tickets
- Where to park for Mets games
- Hotels in New York City
- New York Travel Tips
- Other useful Citi Field tips
Citi Field Attendance
Seating at Citi Field
Levels: Citi Field consists of 5 levels – one of which is a level of suites. And really the 400 level and 500 level are a single level, architecturally. The first 2 levels provide great views all around the ballpark (sections 1 through 339) while we also like the lower level of the top deck around home plate (sections 406-423). read more
Seat Numbering: In each sections, the lowest seat number is closer to home plate.
Citi Field Seating Chart
Best Place to Buy Mets Tickets
There are several places to look when considering buying Mets tickets. When shopping for tickets, we always recommend you comparison shop a few brokers in addition to the team’s box office, for two reasons – price and selection.
Price: There are often tickets at brokers like Ticket Network and Vivid Seats for less than you can find at the team box office – especially if you apply one of the ongoing or seasonal coupon codes, that we track at Best Ballpark Seats. On these sites, you’ll often find a larger selection than through the box office.
Selection: Also, there is often a larger inventory of Mets tickets on Stub Hub than through the Box Office. Some of the best and/or more rare seats are bought early by season ticket holders – and resold through Stub Hub – sometimes for less than the original face value, so it’s always a good idea to check their inventory.
Getting to Citi Field
The most convenient way to get to Citi Field is by public transit. The subway and the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) both stop right next to Citi Field – the “Mets-Willets Point” Station. The subway 7 train runs from Manhattan (including a stop in Times Square) out to Flushing Meadows, and the LIRR route runs from Penn Station out to Citi Field – and places beyond. Visit New York’s Metro Transit Authority site for schedules, tickets, and the latest information.
If you’re adventurous, you can also drive to Citi Field, although you’re going to need to pay for parking and should plan to arrive early and avoid traffic congestion.
Citi Field Parking
Unlike other urban ballparks, parking is actually very convenient at Citi Field. While you could pay to park in the adjacent neighborhood, there are plenty of parking spots right on Mets property. It’s highly recommended you plan to arrive early and avoid traffic congestion. The Mets sell prepaid parking on their site – which we recommend if you’re bold enough to drive there.
Bringing Children to Citi Field
Things to know if you’re bringing the kids to Citi Field:
Children 32″ and under do not require a ticket, but must sit on a parent’s lap.
Mets FanFest, on the field-level concourse beyond center field. In this area, you’ll find appearances by Mr. Met, a batting cage, dunk tank, and other attractions should the kids lose interest in the game. The FanFest area opens when gates open, and closes during the 7th inning stretch.
Kids run the bases following Sunday games (weather permitting)
If you’re concerned about the safety of your children, know that netting at Citi Field extends from 109-126. This basically covers the lower deck foul territory from line-drive foul balls.
Where to Stay for Mets Games
Because of the convenience of New York’s mass transit system and the Mets-Willets Point subway station steps away from Citi Field, there are plenty of convenient places to stay for Mets games.
Because the 7-train goes straight from Times Square to the Mets-Willets Point station, we would highly recommend staying in Times Square. The Intercontinental Hotel Group has a number of hotels, in a wide variety of price ranges right in Times Square. We’ve always enjoyed staying at their Kimpton brand hotels – each has its own unique/boutique hotel experience – without the boutique prices. The Kimpton Muse is located near Times Square, and is comfortable, clean, and contemporary. In the same area, IHG has hotels ranging from the Holiday Inn to the Intercontinental and Crown Plaza. Explore your options here.
New York City Tours/Sightseeing - Discounts
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Because we knew our baseball and touring schedule before leaving for our trip, our family booked tickets to the Empire State Building in advance – and saved bundles!
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