Being a big Mets fan (and baseball fan), I was excited that I was able to snag tickets to the game at Citifield on Saturday. The Mets had an online sale a few weeks back and I was able to get field level seats for $50 - the average cost of the seats are $175 for the regular season (depending upon the "level" of the game).
Anyway, we arrived early to check out the new stadium and walk around. The parking is $18 and we had no problems with the traffic flow (we did arrive early). Leaving the game was also much easier than before - in the past at Shea, it would take about 45 minutes just to leave the parking lot. Now it just takes a few minutes. My wife and other son came in from the city by the 7 train. From the outside, the stadium is beautiful - red brick and exposed steel - very "retro" look.
The concourses are wide, though it was very crowded - it seemed that a lot of people were just walking around to get a feel for the stadium. A lot of nooks and crannies. In the right field area is a nice little play area: a wiffle ball field for the little ones, a "dunk booth" - although it wasn't filled with water (I guess it was just too cold : ), and a video game area with 2K sports games.
Food - lots of options including Shake Shack, Blue Smoke, grilled sausages, Nathan's, and a Worlds Market Fare which had sushi. The lines for food when we arrived weren't bad, but became ridiculously long on the field level/main concourse. If you go upstairs to the promenade level, the lines were significantly shorter. I suspect this was due to the fact that not only were there more seats on the field level, but also many fans were just walking around the main concourse.
Bathrooms - there were plenty. I was surprised to note that there were NO LINES for the women's room and relatively short lines for the men's room. My wife later told me that they had a tremendous amount of stalls in there. I remember reading earlier that they were installing many more stalls for the women's bathrooms. The men's lines, as expected moved very quickly. BTW, the urinals were waterless urinals and the sinks and paper towel dispensers were sensored.
The field - absolutely beautiful. Lots of irregularities in the outfield wall. There's an overhang in right field - the bleacher section hangs over fair territory. The views from the seats were great. We sat at field level and had great seats, but we also walked around and it appears that every seat has good if not great views. The upper deck areas also seem to have much better views and are closer to the field than had Shea Stadium. There were some minor obstructed views that some had complained about, especially in left field where they couldn't see the left field warning track, but "so what." That's what you're going to get when you get closer to the field. The only way to alleviate this would have been to make the stands steeper and as a result, sit farther away from the field.
On last thing, there seems to be at least 5 "clubs" that are limited admission throughout the stadium, depending on what kind of ticket you have. Our ticket allowed us entrance into the Acela club - this is a restaurant in left field with glass walled views of the game. Unfortunately, we couldn't get in because you needed reservations. So, we were "banished" to our seats on the field level down the first base line in the 7th row (although our tickets were for row 5 - they also do the theater row trick where there was a row D and row C in front of us).
All in all, a great experience and a very nice stadium. I've been to a number of ballparks and Citifield ranks up there with AT&T Park in San Francisco and Safeco Field in Seattle. I think I like AT&T a little better because they have such wonderful views of the Bay.
BTW, O. Perez stinks - he doesn't deserve $36 million, but then again, who does?