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Best Seat Value at Citi Field -
Promenade Box Behind Home Plate

Most of the time with my ballgame funds, I’m limited to the type of seat I can score. This is especially true in Citi Field—the Delta Club lower level seats behind home plate cost more than a the 32” LCD TV I just bought, and I’m not even allowed to keep the seat. And some of the less expensive seats, like the Big Apple outfield seats, still cost more than I’m willing to pay for the view.

Hey, I’m not complaining. If the Mets want to charge this much for a seat at a game that’s fine with me…and if someone wants to pay it, well, it’s their money, whether or not they can handle having it.

But if you want to go on the cheap for a Mets game, without other factors figured in like discounted tickets, your options are the Promenade (upper) Level in the 500 sections, or the Coca-Cola Corner in right field. The Coca-Cola Corner seats and patio are a cool novelty and I wouldn’t mind seeing a game there sometime, but the weather would have to be a factor with the sun shining right on me at game time.

But if you’re going for the Promenade Level, I recommend spending a few extra bucks for the 400 level, rather than the 500 upper level. The reason? Because Populous (formerly HOK Sport), the architects of Citi Field, pulled a colossal blunder that left many 500 seats with an unacceptable view.

If you get the wrong seats at Citi Field—and there are a fairly large number of them—you could be sitting with an annoying glass landing blocking your view of almost the whole infield.

I’m not here to revel in HOK’s incompetence, egregious as this flaw may be (yes, they designed Camden Yards—they also designed Tropicana Field). I’m here to help you get a good seat. And while I could go into some detail about how to avoid having the glass landings ruin your Citi Field experience, you can get a Promenade Box seat and not worry about it at all.

Another advantage of Promenade Box seats is permission to enter the Promenade Club, a climate-controlled lounge area with two full bars (and as of 2016, Dan and John's wings). I’m willing to bet that not a lot of ticket holders realize they have this privilege, and it’s great for stepping out of the heat or cold. The Promenade Club also has food available, although nothing on the level of the Shake Shack or anything like that.

And if you’re behind home plate in the Promenade Box, you not only have a great view of the game, but you’re not far from the Promenade Level food court, with Nathan’s, Subway and other great options, and picnic tables to sit and enjoy the grub. All good.

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Ten Kinds of Fries

Using The 7 Train to Citi

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