A NEW HOME FOR THE METS (Apr, 1964)
Here’s the premiere of the dreaded Shea Stadium.
A NEW HOME FOR THE METS
By Herbert Shuldiner
CASEY STENGEL’S hapless New York Mets, holders of the worst baseball record in history, now have the newest park in the nation. The ancient manager hopes this will finally put his team in the winning column. But even if it doesn’t, towering new Shea Stadium, an $18,000,000 convertible ball park opening this month, will be one of the most convenient sports arenas in the world.
Designed to lure fans away from their TV sets, the ball park is only minutes away from midtown Manhattan by road, subway, or railroad. Acres of parking and direct ramps from train stations make getting into the stadium easy. Escalators carry fans to their seats, all of which are wider than average and have unobstructed views in the column-free stadium. There are numerous snack bars and rest rooms and a 1,200-seat glassed-in restaurant—just about every built-in feature except a winning team for Casey.