OK, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but the New York Times’ Ken Belson points out that for all of the improved creature comforts of NYC’s two new baseball stadiums, “fans on tighter budgets, though, will have to settle for seats in far-off sections, some of which have obstructed views of the field.“
Mets fans learned this the hard way on Sunday, when St. John™s and Georgetown played the first game at Citi Field. Steven Gottesman, who has a 15-game ticket plan, went to see his four seats in Section 533, Row 15, near the top of the upper deck down the left-field line. To his œshock and horror, he could not see the warning track or about 20 feet of the outfield from the left-field line to center field.
œIn other words, I will only know if a home run is hit if I am listening to a radio at the game or I wait to see the sign from the umpire, Gottesman, 45, said in an e-mail message. œIf Endy ChÃ¡vez made his catch in this new stadium and I had been there, I would not have seen it.
Some Yankee fans will have it even worse. That is because the 1,048 bleacher seats in Sections 201 and 239 have views partly blocked by the walls of the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar, which sits above Monument Park behind the center-field fence. Fans in Section 201, for instance, will not be able to see left field and, in some cases, even third base.
A more detailed description of additional obstructed views at Citi Field can be found here.