I know this is a little delayed, but I was able to watch Friday’s game against the Nationals from the Caesar’s Club Bronze section. Tickets there run $69 a seat, plus taxes and fees. The benefit of getting those more expensive seats is you also get access to the Caesar’s Club, an enclosed area replete with its own bar, food options, bathrooms, tables and lounge chairs.
You have to have a ticket for that section to get inside, and security is pretty tight with guards at each entrance. It would be a nice place to hang out and have a few drinks if the weather’s really bad. The other nice thing about this club is they keep serving beer past the seventh inning, when the other vendors shut down. You can see for yourself what it looks like here.
Caesar’s Atlantic City was there giving away T-shirts, glasses with the Mets insignia and beach blankets for signing up to get their casino card. I didn’t feel like waiting in line, so I skipped it to go check out the seats. When I came back later, all they had left were T-shirts and nothing in my size, of course.
This was my friend’s first time at Citi Field, so we got to the ballpark early and walked around so he could see everything. We walked past the FanFest and the Shake Shack. We checked out the vantage point from the Pepsi Porch, which is where I might purchase tickets for my next visit.
One of the things I like about Citi Field is the expanded beer options and tiered beer prices. If you’re a fan of microbrews, the best place to go is to the bar next to the FanFest and the Shake Shack. It’s got refrigerators chock full of microbrews from all over the country. They’re the same price as other premium beers. I also like that they offer regular beers for cheaper prices.
After we got to our seats, we noticed there was a slight overhang above our heads, which blocked a little bit of our view, but only for extremely high fly balls. You’d still be able to see them caught. Our seats were the second to last row back, the third level up, but perpendicular to first base. They were particularly good for watching a lefty like Johan Santana pitch.
Some tidbits from that night:
- Even though I didn’t catch a glimpse of it, people said the cat that interrupted play during Opening Day reappeared and scampered through some stands.
- It’s amazing how much less wind there is on the first base side as opposed to the third base side where it whips off the bay behind the ballpark.
- I think people are still checking out the ballpark more than watching the actual game, at least for the first few innings.
- I don’t like how some parts of the ballpark are blocked off by clubs or what-not. Especially on the third level, you can’t walk from the third base side to the first base side without going down a few flights of stairs and then going back up some more.
- It’s amazing how crystal clear the screen on the scoreboard is.
- Some cast and crew from “Ugly Betty” were there filming a scene on the pitching mound and home plate. The announcer described the scene as an actor threw a ball, pretty weakly, from about 60 feet from home plate. He then ran to home plate where he shook hands with the catcher, Omir Santos, I think, and went and hugged his co-star. Then they did it again. And again. And again. The last take was actually a pretty well thrown ball, at least better than Tom Seaver’s bouncer for the last game at Shea Stadium. Of course, he didn’t have a million takes to get it right, either.
- Carlos Beltran had his 1,000th RBI.
- Santana had 10 strikeouts.
- Despite having a ton of food options, I still ended up getting a spicy sausage sandwich and later a hot dog, both of which I later regretted. I was just too lazy to go find something less traditional. Plus, the line at the Shake Shack was monstrous.
Feel free to comment about your experiences or observations about your first time to Citi Field.