There are few more enjoyable places to spend an afternoon or evening with your family than at the home of the New York Mets. The 42,000-seat venue echoes the design of Ebbets Field while also paying tribute to the baseball team's Polo Grounds and Shea Stadium heritage, which dates back to 1962. The Mets Hall of Fame and Museum, next to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, celebrates the organization’s history. From time to time, the stadium hosts major concerts—by the likes of Beyoncé and Foo Fighters—and other large non-baseball events.
How long does it take to get there? About 30 minutes on the 7 subway train from Times Square (note the 7 can be either run express or make local stops), or 16 minutes on the Long Island Rail Road from Penn Station. The destination for both is Mets–Willets Point.
What should I eat at the game? The burger-centric Shake Shack is the most popular option and is perpetually crowded. Other good NYC-based stands include Two Boots Pizza, El Verano Taqueria and David Chang’s chicken-sandwich emporium, Fuku. You can bring your own food, but there are restrictions on the types of packages you can bring in (for example, no glass bottles and no bottles whose seals are broken).
Where’s the best place to sit? It depends on what you like—price, sightlines and shelter from the rain or sun may be considerations. The Mets’ official website will show you views from your seats on an interactive seating chart, while unofficial websites exists that make their best guesses as to which seats are covered.
What’s my best shot at scoring an autograph? While there are no guarantees, your best bet is to show up early—the stadium gates generally open two hours before game time—and hang out at the field level hoping to catch a willing player. Though they are not an opportunity for autographs, stadium tours are offered on select days throughout the year and will get you on the field and in the clubhouse.