Shea Stadium

Shea Stadium
Shea 10-12-07.jpg
Exterior in October 2007
Shea Stadium is located in New York City
Shea Stadium
Shea Stadium
Location within New York City
Former namesFlushing Meadows Stadium
(1961–1962)[1]
Address123–01 Roosevelt Avenue
LocationFlushing, Queens, New York
Coordinates40°45′20″N 73°50′53″W / 40.75556°N 73.84806°W / 40.75556; -73.84806Coordinates: 40°45′20″N 73°50′53″W / 40.75556°N 73.84806°W / 40.75556; -73.84806
OwnerCity of New York
New York Mets
OperatorNew York City Department of Parks and Recreation (1964–1981)
New York Mets (1964–2008)
CapacityBaseball: 57,333[2]
Football:  60,372[3]
Field size
Left Field338 ft (103 m)
Left Field ('64-'77)341 (104)
Medium Left-Center358 (109)
Left-Center371 (113)
Left-Center (deep)396 (121)
Center410 (125)
Right-Center (deep)396 (121)
Right-Center371 (113)
Medium Right-Center358 (109)
Right Field338 (103)
Right Field ('64-'77)341 (104)
SurfaceKentucky Bluegrass
Construction
Broke groundOctober 28, 1961
OpenedApril 17, 1964
ClosedSeptember 28, 2008 (Final game)
DemolishedOctober 14, 2008–February 18, 2009
Construction cost$28.5 million
($235 million in 2019 dollars[4])
ArchitectPraeger-Kavanagh-Waterbury[5]
General contractorCarlin–Crimmins J.V.[6]
Tenants
New York Mets (MLB) (1964–2008)
New York Jets (AFL / NFL) (1964–1983)
New York Yankees (MLB) (1974–1975)
New York Giants (NFL) (1975)
St. John's football (2000)

Shea Stadium (/ʃ/; formally known as William A. Shea Municipal Stadium) was a mixed-use stadium in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens, New York City.[7] Built as a multi-purpose stadium, it was the home park of Major League Baseball's New York Mets for 45 seasons (1964–2008), as well as the New York Jets football team from 1964 to 1983.

The venue was named in honor of William Shea, the man who was most responsible for bringing National League baseball back to New York after the Dodgers and Giants left for California in 1957. It was demolished in 2009 to create additional parking for the adjacent Citi Field, Shea's replacement and the current home of the Mets.

  1. ^ "History of Shea Stadium". New York Mets. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Citi Field Side-by-Side Comparison". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  3. ^ Brown, Gerry; Morrison, Mike; Morrison, Michael (2007). ESPN Sports Almanac 2008: America's Best-Selling Sports Almanac. New York: ESPN. p. 583. ISBN 978-1-933060-38-5. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  4. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference History of Shea was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ "Shea Stadium". Ballparks.com. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  7. ^ Scanned picture of the dedication handout that shows the stadium is in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park.