Citi Field is getting a bar. Not just any bar. A bar that will be accessible from inside and outside the stadium. I’ve been to the Mc Fadden’s at Citizens Bank Park numerous times for Mets-Phillies games and it’s pretty sick being able to get into the bar from outside the stadium. This will no doubt be one of the great additions to Citi Field this season. What it will be and what it could be are two totally different things however.
This past October, I was in Boston for a college reunion pub crawl and my friend who was organizing it mentioned that one of our stops would be a bar in Fenway Park’s centerfield. I thought he was yanking my chain. Apparently not. The bar is in fact located in the wall in centerfield and has a view of the field through a garage door and a screen. The door is open on non game days and closed on game days with the telecast of the game projected on it. This is done to insure that patrons of the bar do not need tickets to the game to enjoy the company of their fellow fans. Below are pictures of The Bleacher Bar to better illustrate the awesomeness of it. The captions provide a little extra detail.
Now I understand that there is a Modell’s club or something like that in right field that has a similar screen view of the field at actual playing field level. Most fans can’t afford that due to the tickets. The Bleacher bar allows access for all fans, much like Mc Fadden’s will in Citi Field. The system of door closed on game days, door open on off days allows all fans to enjoy the thrill of standing in the outfield of their favorite team’s ballpark. The Mets are reportedly putting their Mc Fadden’s in left field. The possibility of Fenway-type window is there, but the actual execution of the idea is unlikely.
Well, that’s ok, at least they got the idea of a bar right. Either way it’s a win for the Mets and their fans.