Goodbye Shea Stadium

9/29/2008:

As most of you know, the NY Mets crumbled once again on the last game of the baseball season.

One Hoboken411 reader sent in their memories of the semi-historic ballpark:

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My moments at Shea

“Since Shea Stadium has closed for good, I thought I’d forward some fun photos from a Mets game I attended there back in 1986. Shea Stadium was never revered like Yankee Stadium was, but that is totally understandable. While many may actually be happy to finally see it go, Shea has had its moments over the years.

These pictures are from September 17, 1986 against the Chicago Cubs. Not only was it significant in that the Mets clinched their first Division Title since 1973, but it was the last time fans were ever able to bum rush a baseball field like they did.

Dwight Gooden had pitched a complete game and after the final out, mayhem ensued. After the initial wave of fans spilled out, more and more people continued making their way onto the field, myself included. I took a leisurely stroll around the infield and sized up the view from third, shortstop and pitchers mound, just soaking it all up.

It probably took about 20-30 minutes or so before the NYPD was able to get enough support together and begin peacefully clearing everyone out. It was quite a sight. They had their riot gear on and formed a huge line behind home plate, locked arms and started slowly walking towards center field where the outfield gates had been opened to get everyone out to the parking lot. It was Classic Cattle Ranching Tactics 101. By this time, the field was decimated and really did look like it had been grazed by cattle. I remember seeing people walking out with multiple mats of Kentucky Blue Grass neatly stacked and draped over their shoulders. At the time I thought that it seemed as though it could’ve been enough to re-sod a small lawn. I grabbed a loose piece of turf lying on the ground, small enough to fit in my coat pocket, and planted it in my backyard the next day. Before I made my way out into the night, I imagined I had heard the crack of the bat and took a run towards the warning track, timed my leap and made the game saving catch over the top of the wall, hearing the announcer yell “and the crowd goes wild!” just like when I was a kid.

Shea Stadium that night was something I’ll never forget. The post season that followed was one for the ages, exciting and memorable for any baseball fan.”

PHOTO GALLERY (HOLD MOUSE OVER IMAGE TO NAVIGATE – 9 PHOTOS IN THIS SET)

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16 Comments on "Goodbye Shea Stadium"


bradykp
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bradykp
7 years 11 months ago

[quote comment=”108714″]Sorry, I was wrong. It’s 1.3 Billion

sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/02/07/sports/s164107S31.DTL

At least Shitifield only cost 800 Mill. They both suck. Why can’t we get stadiums when the costs were low? I hated Dinkins but at least US Tennis center cost less.[/quote]

i misread your first post and thought you said it was costing taxpayers. my bad.

yeah….it seats 10,000 more people than shea, it costs 500ml more. 150 mil is a bigger screen, $138 in food and beverage (which leads to more sales right) that wasn’t in original estimate. that’s 288 right there. 50ml in delays because of the lawsuits. 338. so about 160 mil unaccounted for in your article.

either way, it’s gonna be beautiful.

should be interesting to see which team hangs a pennant first.

MF
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7 years 11 months ago

shea was a dump, let’s just be candid. very very ugly and with no character. notwithstanding the momentary blips in time where the mets did good, it was a very depressing environment to be in. as was the vet and i assume all of the 60’s/70’s cookie-cutter, dual-purpose, mostly astro-turf stadiums. for awhile, they were the bain of sports. when camden yards came along, the world of stadiums became glorious.

Sidd Finch
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Sidd Finch
7 years 11 months ago

Sorry, I was wrong. It’s 1.3 Billion

sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/02/07/sports/s164107S31.DTL

At least Shitifield only cost 800 Mill. They both suck. Why can’t we get stadiums when the costs were low? I hated Dinkins but at least US Tennis center cost less.

bradykp
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bradykp
7 years 11 months ago

[quote comment=”108676″]Yeah, I’m not a fan of corporate naming either. Since it’s a new stadium I can’t call it the new Shea. Just have to go with Shitifield then. At least it doesn’t cost a billion tax dollars to build, free food/parking for the rich. My friend who has Yankee season tickets on the upperdeck is asked to pay over $200 per seat. Not that Shitifield is much better but $200 for upper???[/quote]

i can double check when i get home, but there is no seat in the upperdeck that is that price. my seats are in the upper deck, and they are $25 per seat. the lower portion of the tier at $45. $200 maybe in the loge, but i don’t think so. unless they are charging more for the first row or 2 then the rest of the deck, like they are doing in the main level. yankee stadium isn’t costing the taxpayers a billion either. it’s gonna be nice. i’m disappointed that they are putting a hard rock in there though.

Town Drunk
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Town Drunk
7 years 11 months ago

my season tix for citi are going to be $2025 per seat. They are in the Upper deck, right behind home plate, 5 rows up. Not bad at all if you ask me. Perhaps the affordable nature of these tix has something to do witht he $20 mil that Citi is paying for the name. To that I say Thank you.

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