Friday, January 16, 2009
Goodbye Shea Hello Citi!
The Mets have had a great dynasty in Shea stadium. They have now built a new stadium called Citi Field. They broke the ground for Shea on October 28, 1961. Since then they have put on great shows and other sports games. The Jets and Giants both played there. The Yankees themselves played two seasons there while their stadium was being renovated. They also hosted the Beetles concert which was a record setting attendence record at 55,600. The Mets won two world series and they entered into four of them, but they were in the playoffs many more times. They have been playin there for well over 40 years. The Mets now have built a new home and it is opening in the season of 2009. To make more memories in the new stadium they have put a Jackie Robinson Rotunda. At the front of the stadium there is a huge spot were they honor the African American player. When the people step into this rotunda they will think about his remarkable journey. In the floors there are engravings that emphasize his nine values that his daughter thought of. Courage, Excellence, Persistence, Justice, Team Work, Commitment, Citizenship, Determination, and Integrity. These are the nine values that his daughter and Sharon Robinson thought of. They will also have Jackie's number because of him breaking the color barrier 61+ years ago. The Mets have made this stadium amazing and hope to set many records and hope to bring home some world series titles. The new stadium will hold over 45,000 people and cost over $850 million to build. The Mets are ready to start off a great season in the new stadium and hope with the new additions to the team they will be able to succeed past they playoffs and into the World Series. They are starting off fresh and are ready to play ball in Citi Field!