The weather’s warm. Baseball is on. You’re in the big city of New York. Checking out an MLB game in NYC is a classic experience for visitors and locals alike. But if you’ve got no allegiance to the Yankees or the Mets, how do you decide which game to attend? We’ll compare the two and break down the differences in those New York Major League game experiences here. Teams, stadium, food, prices – here’s what to expect to help you choose.
(Sorry, guys who are shaking your heads right now. Some of us aren’t superfans.)
As a team, the Mets aren’t doing so hot this year. Fan attendance has been down. Despite an appearance in the 2015 World Series, three years later, they’re on a losing streak that brings them mighty close to having the worst record in the National League and possibly the worst offense in all of Major League Baseball. They’ve been inconsistent, but they’re also losing to bad teams and failing to hit home runs. This season could actually be rock bottom for the Mets. Ah well, at least that means ticket prices will be cheaper, right?
Citi Field in Flushing Meadows, Queens. It opened in 2009 and it’s an upgrade from the older Shea Stadium. (Having hosted Beyonce concerts, you know this one’s nice.)
Get there early to make a lap of the stadium and take in all the food options because you won’t leave a Mets game hungry. Citi Field is packed with foods from famous NYC chefs. There’s everybody’s favorite – Shake Shack – located in center field. You can grab that cookie dough everybody lines up for at the trendy DŌ or a fried Fuku fried chicken sandwich by David Chang. There’s ice cream at Milk Bar, Papa Rosso pizza, and classic Queens deli fare at Mama’s of Corona. There’s also Italian food and gelato, tacos, chicken and waffles, mozzarella sticks, wings, Chinese bao, sushi, doughnuts, and steak sandwiches… just to name a few. Oh, and Nathan’s hot dogs of course.
If you’re just opting for a regular domestic draft beer – yes please! – the Mets have THE highest average beer prices in the MLB at a whopping $10.50. Womp, womp. Everybody is all about that #craftbeerlife, so there’s plenty of options if you’re looking for something a little… hoppy. The cult-favorite Mikkeller Brewery just opened an enormous space with 60 rotating taps and food in Citi Field. (Craft beer will be pricier, obvi.)
Here’s where you can save though! The average ticket price for a Mets game is $27.60 which is on the cheaper end of the MLB spectrum. Razorgator has authentic Mets tickets for as cheap as $8 so this is a game that definitely won’t break the bank. You could actually treat all your friends to a game! You’ll probably be sitting in the outfield, but still…
You can tailgate at Citi Field if you’re trying to make this an all-day affair. And you can get to the stadium easily and cheaply by taking the 7 train to the Mets-Willets Point stop in Queens.
Ahhh, those pinstripes. After losing to the World Series-winning Astros in the ALCS last year, the Yankees are impressive again this season. Thank Aaron Judge et al. The Yanks’ bullpen (um, their pitchers for the uninitiated) is incredible and they’ve got some great rookies. Not to mention, they are knocking out home runs like it’s their job (well it is, technically) and stand to shatter some MLB records if they can keep it up. This is a great time to see the Yankees at their best.
Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. It’s new, it’s massive, and the team seems to feel at home here. We’d also still call it iconic, even if it isn’t the original… plus the seats are roomier and they’ve added more bathrooms.
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Okay, so the food here isn’t nearly as iconic NYC as you’d imagine. And to be honest, Yankee Stadium doesn’t quite measure up to the culinary offerings of Citi Field. For local spots, you can get a tried and true steak sandwich (or meatloaf burger) at the Upper East Side butcher Lobel’s or try some barbecue at Mighty Quinn’s. They don’t have Shake Shack, but they do have Bareburger. There’s also Chinese bao, rotisserie chicken, Mexican street food, sushi, vegetarian fare, and the new King’s Hawaiian spot that serves up pork and crispy chicken sandwiches on their legendary rolls. Or try the Insta-popular Grand Slam Shakes with ridiculous toppings like funfetti cupcakes, churros, and toasted marshmallows. The stadium’s garlic fries, hot dogs, and peanuts are all still valid options too.
Woohoo! The average price of a 12 oz. beer in 2018 is $6. Also, Blue Point Brewing Co. partnered with the Yankees to make their Pinstripe Pilsner. There’s plenty of places to get international or craft beers if that’s your style, but Budweiser kinda runs things around here.
For cheap seats, look for Grandstand or bleacher tickets, but look out for the rowdy, chanting fans known as the Bleacher Creatures – you may have to get involved. Yankees tickets average $47.62, which is pretty high for an MLB game, but Razorgator has tickets for home games starting at $11 to $15.
You can get here easily on two express train lines, the 4 and the D, by getting off at the 161 St-Yankee Stadium stop. On special “Nostalgia Rides” throughout the season, you can ride in a vintage train car from Grand Central to Yankee Stadium. For a cheap pre-game beer, head to Stan’s Sports Bar, a popular spot for fans during home games.
So the Mets have cheaper tickets and better food, but the Yankees have cheaper beer and, come on, they’re the Yankees! Still can’t decide? Go big and get tickets to a Subway Series game. You’ve missed them at Citi Field for this year but we’ve still got Mets vs. Yankees tickets starting between $45 and $75 for games at Yankee Stadium. Go on, it’s a sports bucket list kinda thing!