New York Mets News: Citi Field selected as a winner of Front Office Sports 2024 Best Venues Award powered by Sports Innovation Labs

By J.Y. Mortimer

Citi Field, by The Tom Seaver statue located in Mets Plaza. 2022 photo By slgckgc – https photos slgc, CC BY 2.0, https

FLUSHING, N.Y., MAY 22, 2024 – Citi Field has been named a winner in the Front Office Sports 2024 Best Venues Award powered by Sports Innovation Labs. This year’s award recognizes 10 sports venues that have met and exceeded the evolving demands of fans and set new industry standards for success.

Venues across the industry submitted applications and responded to questions about their technologies, mobile app features, food options/dietary inclusivity, transportation offerings, mixed-use functionality, and overall venue design, and the responses were scored accordingly. The venues with the best fan experience were selected following this competitive process.

“We are thrilled to be named a winner of the new, Front Office Sports 2024 Best Venues Award,” said Katie Haas, EVP of Ballpark Operations, New York Mets “This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of countless members of our staff and partners who go above and beyond to ensure that we not only have one of the best ballparks in the country, but also provide a best-in-class fan experience at Citi Field whether you are here for a baseball game, soccer match, concert or one of the many other events hosted here each year.”

The Mets, who were previously named Front Office Sports Best Employers in Sports in 2022 and 2019, have made continual strides to transform Citi Field into a best-in-class venue. After installing more than 300 LCD screens and over 15 million total LEDs in 2022 and MLB’s largest scoreboard at 17,400 sq. ft. along with additional LEDs in 2023, Samsung Electronics America and the Mets continued to build upon these significant updates in 2024 with the installation of four new tight pitch LED boards including one 3D anamorphic display.

Additionally, Citi Field continues to offer top tier dining options, bringing fans delicious and exciting new local NYC options each season. Overseeing the culinary operations at Citi Field is Aramark Senior Executive Chef Jason Eksterowicz, who joined the team in the winter of 2017.

Citi Field’s All-Star dining lineup is highlighted by ballpark favorites such as Pat LaFrieda’s Original Filet Mignon Steak Sandwich, Prince Street Pizza, Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack, the Coca-Cola Food Truck and Taste of Queens portable, which rotates periodically throughout the season to feature different local small businesses. Citi Field is also home to exclusives such as the Classic New York Deli Pastrami Sandwich, Anne Burrell’s Italian Eats, Adam Richman’s Burger Hall of Fame, Amazin’ Chicken Co. and more.

Citi Field, with The interior of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. 2009 photo. By The Talented Mr. Nimo, CC BY 2.0, https  



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