LaGuardia International Airport (LGA) 2.6 miles/ 10 minutes to Citi Field
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) 10 miles/15 minutes to Citi Field
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) 25 miles/45 minutes to Citi Field
Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) 45 miles/ 1 hour to Citi Field
WHERE TO STAY? Hotels Near Citi Field
Chaser Budget Traveler
Due to the location of Citi Field (3 miles from LaGuardia International Airport), there are very few chaser budget hotels. Those motels/hostels, under $100 per night, are not Ballpark Chaser recommended.
Ballpark Chasers Tip: If you want to avoid driving in this big city, Holiday Inn LaGuardia is truly the only hotel within walking distance of Citi Field (due to highways and construction). If you don’t mind the subway, also consider picking a hotel in Manhattan to get the full New York experience.
WHERE TO PARK?
All parking lots open 3 hours prior to the first pitch. The Mets are one of the first teams in the area to offer credit card usage in the lanes at Citi Field. In addition to credit card, cash is also accepted. Parking is $25 per car during the regular season.
Primary Lots- There are five parking lots within the fence line of Citi Field that provide fan parking. B, C, D, E, and F Lots are located on the west side of Citi Field and accommodate pre-paid parking. G Lot (Official Parking Lot) is located on the south side of Citi Field and offers employee, premium, front office, player family, press and guest parking.
Remote Lots- There are 4 parking lots outside the fence line of Citi Field that provide general parking. Marina West, Marina East, Flushing Meadows Park and Stadium View are other options to consider if arriving late.
Ballpark Chaser Fun Fact: D Lot is the lot where most of Shea Stadium's playing field was located and there are cement and brass markers showing where the pitcher’s mound, home plate and bases once rested.
If you are staying in a hotel outside the Flushing area, this is the only way to travel to a Mets game. Don’t be intimidated by the NYC subway- just leave yourself plenty of time and confirm directions with your hotel’s front desk. MTA is the easiest way to get the most updated transit directions from your hotel to Citi Field.
VIA 7 TRAIN:
Services Citi Field at the Mets/Willits Point Station and makes stops in Manhattan at Times Square, 5th Avenue and Grand Central Station.
VIA E F G R or V TRAINS:
Connections to the 7 train can be made at the 74th Street-Broadway / Roosevelt Avenue stop in Jackson Heights.
VIA N or W TRAINS:
Transfer to the 7 train at Queensboro Plaza.
Long Island Railroad
Train service to Mets/Willets Point Station is also available on eastbound Port Washington Branch trains from Penn Station and westbound trains from Great Neck and Port Washington. The train ride is just 18 minutes from Penn Station to Mets/Willets Point Station. For those traveling on the LIRR from Long Island, the new ballpark is just six minutes from Woodside, 17 minutes from Great Neck and 27 minutes from Port Washington. From Long Island, customers may go directly to the stadium from Port Washington Branch stations. Customers from other branches should transfer at Woodside.
For fare and schedule information, call (718) 217-5477 (New York City) or (516) 822-5477 (Long Island).
WHERE TO EAT?
Unfortunately, Citi Field is one of the worst ballparks for finding local restaurants within walking distance. The area surrounding Citi Field has very few options for a pre or post game meal. Our only recommendations outside of the ballpark are Mikkeller NYC and Pine Restaurant & Bar. Mikkeller Brewing is located just outside of Citi Field. This 10,000 sq ft brewery offers over 60 taps along with standard bar bites as well as elevated options from acclaimed Nordic chef Claus Meyer. Mikkeller's is open year-round and you do not need a Mets ticket to enter. The Pine is located inside of the LaGuardia Holiday Inn. It's certainly within walking distance of Citi Field and can provide a good Italian or American meal. Keep in mind, Citi Field has one of the largest selections of food offerings in the major leagues and is worth saving your appetite.
McFadden's Bar & Grill, is an Irish pub inside Citi Field that serves traditional American cuisine in a party sports bar atmosphere. McFadden's has an incredible 80+ televisions, a 200 ft bar and even batting cages within their restaurant! The food is good and relatively fair priced for a ballpark restaurant. If you are looking for something to do after the game, McFadden's a convenient and fun option.
Here is a rundown of the non-traditional ballpark fare offered at concession stands around Citi Field and is Ballpark Chaser approved. Shake Shack is one of New York’s most popular hamburger and hot dog stands. If you can’t make it to one of the Manhattan locations, don’t leave Citi Field without sampling a burger and shake. Blue Smoke features amazing barbecue pulled- pork sandwiches and Kansas City Ribs. Box Frites serves freshly-cut, Belgian-style fries with a number of fun and tasty dipping sauces. Catch of the Day, inspired by award winning seafood chef Dave Pasternack, offers lobster rolls, clam chowder, fish sandwiches, and local micro-brews. Nicoletta for pizza, sandwiches and friend mozzarella balls.
In addition to the concession stands, Citi Field offers five clubs/restaurants for fans to sit down for a relaxing meal. The Delta Sky360 Club, Champions Club, Caesars Club, Acela Club and the Promenade Club are all exclusive to patrons who have a specific ticket. With so many fun and new concession stands, Ballpark Chasers recommends to skip these over-priced restaurants.
Ballpark Chasers Favorite Bar- McFadden's Bar & Grill
New food at Citi Field in 2019
Pizza Cupcake - The popular Smorgasburg vendor debuts at the stadium this season, serving up snacks that pack pizza flavors in cupcake-size bites.
Dulcinea - offers cinnamon sugar churros and ice cream sandwiches!
Destination Dumplings - classic pork and chive, edamame, Korean beef or jerk chicken dumplings served with soy, citrus, sesame or salsa sauce.
WHERE TO BUY TICKETS?
As the Mets continue to improve on the field, ballpark attendance goes up. On an average night during the 2017 season, Citi Field was at 73% capacity. Keep in mind the Mets offer Dynamic pricing. These fluctuating ticket prices adjust on a real-time basis based upon market demand. Ballpark Chasers recommends pre-purchasing your Mets tickets through TicketMonster.com.
WHEN TO GO?
Weather is never a huge problem during the season in New York. April and the beginning of May can get cold, but not unbearable. The general consensus is to travel to New York in September and we couldn’t agree more. The weather drops to the mid 70s and the evenings are still pleasant. Citi Field is cooler than most places since it sits close to Flushing Bay, which also increases wind, especially in the Promenade Level. Do yourself a favor and bring a jacket if attending a night game.
WHAT ELSE TO SEE?
It’s New York City - there is something to do on just about every block! Our favorites include the Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty), Rockefeller Center and Times Square. However, if you are looking to get off the tourist path, make sure to check out the Ground Zero Museum Workshop in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district. Founded by Gary Marlon Suson, the Official Ground Zero Photographer for the Uniformed Firefighters Association, the museum is like no other you will ever visit. After spending six months with the recovery workers, Gary has captured some of the most moving and emotional images from the aftermath of September 11th. Gary (who is an Honorary FDNY Chief) also has on display various non-personal artifacts that were salvaged from Ground Zero including window glass, a computer keyboard, lobby marble and a wall clock frozen in time at exactly 10:02:14 (the time the South tower collapsed). Plan on a two-hour visit that includes a self guided audio tour of the 100+ images and artifacts. And if you are lucky, Gary will be around to welcome you and talk a little baseball. Get tickets in advance (tours sell out fast) by calling ZERVE at (212) 920-4264or visit their website. Some of the museum proceeds benefit the 'FDNY Foundation' and the 'Brotherhood Foundation'.
We also recommend following up your time at the Ground Zero Museum Workshop by visiting the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Try and catch a guided walking tour of the memorial conducted by various survivors, recovery workers, firefighters, and family members of 9/11.
BALLPARK CHASERS VACATION?
Citi Field is one stop in the “Northeast 3”, which includes seeing Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park. By far, this is the most popular of all Ballpark Chasers vacations. If possible, extend your trip by another day to visit Cooperstown, New York, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cooperstown is just over a 4 hour drive from Boston and Manhattan and provides a once in a lifetime experience for all baseball fans.
Minor League Baseball in the Northeast is also another great option for seeing multiple ballparks in a short amount of time. The Brooklyn Cyclones and the Staten Island Yankees are both teams in the Class A Short-Season New York/Penn League and are within an hour of Citi Field. MCU Park is home of the Brooklyn Cyclones and houses one of the most unique views in all of Minor League Baseball. Located on Coney Island, MCU Park is walking distance to the beach, an amusement park, the boardwalk and world famous Nathan’s hot dogs! Another ballpark with a fabulous setting is Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island, New York. With waterfront surroundings and views of the New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, New Jersey and the skyline of lower Manhattan, it’s no wonder the Staten Island Yankees are known for playing in one of the country’s most beloved Minor League parks.
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