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Fans can and should arrive at Citi Field early to watch players take batting practice. Entrance is gained via the Jackie Robinson Rotunda 2 hours (or 2 1/2 for season ticket holders) prior to the scheduled game time. Guests with a “VIP” gate indicated on their ticket may also enter the Hodges or Stengel entrances. Batting practice does not take place prior to every game. If batting practice is scheduled to take place the following is a pre-game timeline: Fans can seek autographs along the Field Level railings where designated during batting practice from the time gates open until approximately 1 hour before game time.
The front entrance of Citi Field features a rotunda named after Brooklyn Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson and honors his life and accomplishments. Engraved into the floor and etched into the archways are words and larger-than-life images that defined Robinson’s nine values. There is also an 8 foot sculpture of Robinson’s number 42.If you’re dying to check out the Rotunda, you’re not alone and on game day, it shows. The line to get in the Rotunda and up the escalator, as in singular escalator, is absurd. It actually goes into the parking lot sometimes. If you really want to see the Rotunda, do so on the way out of the stadium. It’ll be a lot less crowded.
The Mets Hall of Fame & Museum is located adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda on the first base side, and is a spectacular attraction for all generations of Mets fans. The 3,700 square foot space features artifacts from special Mets moments, interactive kiosks that allow fans to scroll through memory lane, and highlight videos celebrating the Mets biggest feats. Visit the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum on game days to see the 1969 and 1986 World Series trophies and plaques for each member of the Mets Hall of Fame. The Mets also offer one hour tours of the cozy confines of Citi Field. Tours will take you behind the scenes of the ballpark’s inner workings, from the press box to the dugouts to anywhere a red shirted security guard forbids you from going. If you’re a season ticket holder, the tour is free if you schedule in advance. Otherwise, tickets for the tours range from $6-$13 depending on your age and the number of people in your group
The 2KSports FanFest is located on the Field Level in center field, and offers fun for the whole family. With Mr. Met’s Kiddie Field, a scale replica of Citi Field, at its center, the 2KSports FanFest features two batting cages, a speed pitch/dunk tank, video game kiosks, a live DJ and more! Mr. Met has also been known to make pre-game appearances. Weather permitting, the 2KSports FanFest will be open when the gates to Citi Field open, and will remain open until the end of the 7th inning. You don’t need a ticket for a child under 32” tall as long as the child sits on your lap during the game. Citi Field has a number of family restrooms and changing tables are available in every bathroom.
Fan Author: Chris Martin
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