While driving through Binghamton, my family and I took in a game at NYSEG Stadium - home of the Binghamton Mets (AKA - the B-Mets)! The B-Mets are a AA affiliate of the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. It's possible (and probable, after the last couple years of the NY Mets...) that you'll see some of these players make their way up to the big leagues one day, so it's always fun to say "Hey! I remember Joe Schmoe when he played up in Binghamton!
I'm a big baseball fan, and a Mets fan, so it was great to be able to schedule a game in during our vacation. We went outside of the average school year, so the city of Binghamton was a bit dreary and boring, but we didn't go there to see the town as much as we did to see the B-Mets in action!
The stadium itself was nice. Parking wasn't free, but it was $5 or less. The lot is right by the rightfield entrance, but we had to pick up our tickets and the will-call window was outside the stadium by home plate. We were able to secure seats in the first row, right behind home plate (purchased online before our trip)! We have a 3-year old, so he was able to stand the whole game and shout "Let's go, Mets!" as much as he wanted. There was a decent crowd, but definitely not sold out. I think our tickets (again, awesome seats) were only about $15 each, so it didn't break the bank, either. Some stadiums offer all-you-can-eat tickets. I don't recall the B-Mets offering that, though, as I probably would have purchased them.
We entered the stadium in the main entrance behind home plate and walked to the left to take our own tour of the stadium. In these hallowed halls lies a quaint "Binghamton Hall of Fame", which is a surprisingly large collection of 8X10 photos of players who came into their own and had played in Binghamton at one time or another. There were actually some big names in here, so it's definitely worth a look. This was the highlight of the stadium as you walk towards leftfield. When you reach the end you are, literally, right on the field! All the separates you from playing with the team is a 4-foot tall fence! It was pretty sweet.
As you walk back towards home plate and around towards rightfield, you pass the team store, a concession store with food (popcorn, pretzels, hot dogs, chicken fingers, water, soda, etc. - the normal fare). Then, as we came out from under the stands, there was a huge bouncy gym in the shape of one of the 3 B-Mets mascots - Ballwinkle! In addition, there was some more interesting food out in the rightfield area - a Spiedie (pronounced SPEE-DEE, I believe) which was AWESOME! And they had some micro-brews if you're a fan of beer. The rightfield corner also provides an awesome, close-up view, comparable to the leftfield proximity. They have picnic tables, too, so you can sit and eat while you watch.
I got food for the fam and went back to the seats and watched the B-Mets rack up a win! It was definitely a fun, wholesome time - especially since it was a farm team of my favorite MLB team.
The stadium was nice, the seats were comfy (I'm a big guy, too), the atmosphere was family-friendly, the food was tasty, the price was right, and the team won the game to boot! I highly recommend it if you're in the area. If you're a Mets fan (or simply a baseball fan), then it's worth its own trip. If you're just looking for something inexpensive and fun in Binghamton, this is a great start.
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