NEW YORK — In addition to slicing payroll this winter, the New York Mets cut dimensions at Citi Field.
They showed off their new blue-and-orange fences ?Tuesday.
The Mets erected a new fence in front of the old wall at the 4-year-old ballpark, lowering the height needed for a home run to 8 feet from as much as 16 and cutting the distance from home plate by up to 12 feet.
A new section of 102 seats called the Party City Deck has been installed behind the new left-field fence, selling for $100-$200 a ticket depending on the opponent, with food and beer included. They will sell individually during the first homestand for games after Thursday’s opener against Atlanta, then for groups.
“The intention coming in was to build a ballpark that was pitcher-friendly, and we accomplished that. But maybe it was too friendly,” Mets executive vice president David Howard said. “Scoring creates excitement.”
Citi Field was last in the major leagues in home runs during its first three seasons with an average of 1.43 per game, according to STATS LLC.
New York’s left-handed batters still haven’t hit an opposite-field home run over the fence at Citi Field, which was dubbed the Great Wall of Flushing. Opponents have done it eight times.
As part of the renovations, the fence colors were restored to the royal blue with an orange line, the style that was used during most of the team’s time at Shea Stadium. The new section in left was patterned after the Green Monster seats at Boston’s ?Fenway Park.
New York also added 45 seats to the Modell’s Clubhouse back of the right-field fence, raising capacity to 41,922.