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Citi Field: Five Fast Facts

By Travel Savvy

    Just outside of New York City in the heart of queens is Citi Field, home of the NY Mets. Whether you're just visiting or have even been a life long Met’s fan, here are a few fast facts that may just make your next visit to Citi Field a little more interesting.

The Home Run Apple 1

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The Home Run Apple

Considered an icon of the Mets franchise, the “Home Run Apple” sits right behind center field. When someone on the Mets cranks out a home run, the big red apple rises up and becomes visible to everyone inside the stadium. The original “Home Run Apple” from Shea stadium sits just outside of Citi Field.

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Roosevelt Sport Bar

Nothing beats a ballgame, except, maybe a ball game and some beers. Whether you’re stopping in before the game or celebrating a big win, Roosevelt Sports Bar is the place to be. Just a quick walk from the stadium Roosevelt offers plenty of TV’s, a generous buyback policy, as well as a 45 foot long bar.

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Pat LaFrieda a.k.a. "The Magician of Meat"

Peanuts and crackerjacks not enough to fill you up at the ole’ ball game? Not a problem. Exclusive to Citi Field, what better way to settle that hunger then with a selection of prime meats from Pat LaFrieda’s Chop House in the Delta Skybox, or his signature Filet Steak Sandwiches from the restaurant or one of the stands. Known as the “Magician of Meat”, LaFrieda’s sandwich (loaded with sautéed onions and Vermont Monterey Jack cheese) will be sure to satisfy all of your cravings. 

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Citi Field's First Home Run

A home run was hit inside of Citi Field before the stadium was even completed. Don’t believe it? In May of 2007 David Wright hit a home run off of Yankees pitcher Mike Meyers. The ball cleared Shea Stadiums bleachers and soared right into the neighboring structures of Citi Field. Wright was also the first Mets player to hit a home run inside the stadium when it was finally completed.

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Delicious Pit Stops

Torta Neza - 11368, 96-15 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11368

La Casa Del Idolo - 9107 Corona Ave, Flushing, NY 11373

Bordering one of the great “food neighborhoods” of queens, Citi field is only a quick stop away from the Latin Style cuisines of Corona, Queens. On your way to the game stop by Torta Neza for a superb Torta (Mexican style sandwich), Taqueri La Casa del Idolo for an unbelievable tamale (seasoned meat wrapped in cornmeal dough or corn husk), or one of the many Spanish style cafés for a quick, delicious bite to eat.


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