Shea Stadium opened 50 years ago today

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Shea Stadium would have turned 50 years old today.

Here is a photo gallery of images I took toward the end of 2008, when the team allowed me to wander the ballpark for an hour. I went through the dugout, beyond the bullpens, out next to Apple, on the warning track and any place I could get to in the team they gave me. It was a great, surreal, sad day. I miss Shea…





194 comments
Dante Lorusso Deiana
Dante Lorusso Deiana

Went to many games there... miss it... Citi is a nice field but Shea was a better atmosphere.

Tom Quinn
Tom Quinn

The photo on the right is backwards. The scoreboard was in right field, not left field and the subway ramp ended on the first base side of the stadium.

Jim McKeon
Jim McKeon

I was thinking the same thing! I'm like, what?

Gabriel Hidalgo
Gabriel Hidalgo

What I dislike about Citifield is that it feels like a museum for the Dodgers and the Giants. Its the Mets home stadium but everything screams "This is Brooklyn Dodgers/NY Giants country." Shea was ours and only ours. I feel like Citifield is a testament to a different era and a different team. I respect Jackie Robinson, he did a lot but WHY do we have a rotunda set for him when he NEVER PLAYED A SINGLE INNING AS A MET? The ownership is just messed up and besides lying about the extent of the Madoff loss, they insisted on making the Mets Home Stadium into a tribute to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Just a bad idea all around. 


Its supposed to be the Mets Home Stadium but instead it just doesn't feel like it at all. Feels like Dodgers Stadium East. 

steve333
steve333

Change the name to Metropolitan Field

Give the Jackie Robinson statue to the Dodgers

Clear out all references to the Giants and Dodgers

Put up a statue of Tom Seaver and Gil Hodges

Bobby Arnsperger
Bobby Arnsperger

I've been boycotting MLB since the '94 strike. This year will make 20 years. (I'm proud of that) I was going to watch MLB for this years Off-Season but, without "Shea" or "The House Ruth Built" I'll just keep watching Minor League ball!

Debi Rotmil
Debi Rotmil

Every bus and car are parked perfectly. Miss that place. It holds so many memories, especially of me and my dad.

Barry Smith
Barry Smith

@ Joan Bayer, I had never gone to Shea (being a Yankee fan). I never knew it was a dump. It always looked quite impressive on television. It always seemed soooooo big!

Tom Leahy
Tom Leahy

I loved Shea. My Dad took us twice a year it was big thrill. Lets go Mets !!!

Bruce Waldman
Bruce Waldman

There was something magical about Shea Stadium. Back in the 60's it was really fun to "Have a cheap night out at the ballpark". Shea bears the name of William Shea who was instrumental in bringing National League Baseball back to NYC after The Brooklyn Dodgers and NY Giants went westward.I for one only have fond memories.

Robert Garguilo
Robert Garguilo

a lot of great memories here of the Yankees in 1974-75 Munsons walk off hr and I was there seen ove 75 games in 2 years there

Ron W. Davis
Ron W. Davis

nothing wrong except for the Owners of the new stadium but i miss Shea . it may of been a dump to outside Mets nation but it was our dump. . It was not a dump . She was rich in history.  I hope one day Citi Field will have. too bad the owners do not give us much real hope. 

Lisa Falco
Lisa Falco

OMG I MISS SHEA! Shea can NEVER BE REPLACED! SHEA4EVER!

Ari
Ari

I loved Shea...citi field just doesnt have the same feeling, and even when the game is sold out so many seats are

Empty like its an amusement park...i can only hope one day it will rock like shea did...

Lesli Cutler
Lesli Cutler

Should still be there. Even with cold water in the lady's rooms and no cup holders. Could walk around the ENTIRE STADIUM foul pole to foul pole INSIDE the stadium, watching the game. No $$$$ restaurants and clubs for rich people. Just a ballpark for the fans.

Haywood Walker
Haywood Walker

i love Citifield but I have great memories of Shea including letting my son run the bases.

Gary L'Hommedieu
Gary L'Hommedieu

I loved Shea! I love Citi field, just change the name "Seaver Park" sounds so good!!

Susie Sharp
Susie Sharp

Actually it think both are flipped. This feels so much better

Thomas Moyer
Thomas Moyer

Something is not right with this picture. The scoreboard should be in right field along with the subway platform

mets2891
mets2891

Of all the things that the Wilpons have F'd up, Citi Field isn't one of them.  That's a great stadium, and I'm hopeful that before I die I can go to a playoff game there and experience the place packed with crazy fans.

sylow59
sylow59

re. Seating Capacity

For teams that played in multi-use stadiums and went to baseball only stadiums seating capacity went from 57,232 to 42,313. The Mets went from 57,333 to 41,411. They lost 492 seats more than average.

Now continue to complain for no reason.

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The cheapest seats at Busch are $56.80. bleachers are 63.80, max price is $425 and box seats are $181. Parking near the stadium is $30 and there is no public transportation to speak of.

Now continue to complain for no reason.

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and BTW, if you go to Ballpark Village right next to the stadium for road games you can't wear caps or jerseys except in the public areas.

Doubleday
Doubleday

I loved that stupid ballpark.

vipregan
vipregan

Where's the picture of the mound dirt and the rusty bolt? Isn't time to tell that story for the 27th time yet?

Thomas J. Capuzzo
Thomas J. Capuzzo

I miss Big Shea. Great memories there. Citifield is nice, but it doesn't have the atmosphere that Shea had.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Sorry, but players hated the physical plant for good reason. Shea's deficiencies only became apparent to fans in later years, and by then the decay was apparent to everyone. I'm glad it's gone.

The present park is a huge upgrade over the old dump.

Eleanor Schiavo
Eleanor Schiavo

When I go to Citi field, I feel like I'm at a minor league park. Shea was the best. It was a big mistake to tear it down.

Eleanor Schiavo
Eleanor Schiavo

It was never a dump. If it was messy it was bc the fans made a mess.

Eleanor Schiavo
Eleanor Schiavo

Why are the Mets making a big deal about Sheas anniversary, after they tore it down? They should have left it alone

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

We had our fun, enjoy the memories, but we really do need to move on from this...

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

I really miss Shea.  It was the Mets ballpark.  Citifield has never belonged to the Mets.  What the Wilpons did I believe to be well intentioned, but it was not the right thing to do.  The Mets spent almost a half century carving out their own identity, the new stadium should have been a monument to that.   Doing what they did would have been like the Steinbrenners building the new Yankee Stadium to look like Fenway Park. 

Marvin Lesman
Marvin Lesman

Mostly the Dodgers. But you are right . The Wilpons are the wrong owners.

L.a. Henry
L.a. Henry

@steve333 This is the most reasonable solution I've heard. Who is more important to this franchise than Seaver and Hodges? Robinson was a DODGER!!! NOT A MET!!! If Wilpon is so fixtated on The Dodgers, sell the team and invest in L.A. Dodgers.The Mets ARE NOT THE DODGERS!~!!! WE have our own legacy, embrace that, NOT the Dodgers or the Giants!!!

sylow59
sylow59

Also, the cost of living in St Louis is 60% of Queens. Salaries reflect this. Thus, a $56.80 ticket in St Louis (their cheapest) and $30 parking is about $95 for the ticket and $50 for parking in NYC. Try to remember that when you complain.

rico
rico

@Macacawitz  Shea worked perfectly with the amazing 20th century modern 64 Worlds Fair and Flushing Meadows. Citifield is ok and has nice sightlines but it's an ugly mishmash of canned design. The Wilps would be brilliant to develop Willets in the spirt of Flushing Meadows and it's remaining architecture, so ahead of it's time. Call it Worlds Fair Village or something.


Yeah I loved Shea and have not found my vibe at Citi yet.

stage52
stage52

@rico @Macacawitz The 1st few years at Shea were memorable but the teams were lousy to be kind.  Give Citi Field some time.