Showing posts with label Citi Field Dimensions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Citi Field Dimensions. Show all posts

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Citi Field Right Field Wall Construction Update (Photo)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Images of the New Dimensions Next Year at Citi Field

New Dimensions at Citi Field next season

Mets announce that they are modifying Citi-Field's Dimensions

Bring in those walls!

The Mets announced Monday they are moving the walls in by as much as 12 feet next season, lowering the height to 8 feet and changing the color to blue.

According to STATS LLC, Citi Field was last in the major leagues in home runs during its first three seasons with an average of 1.43 per game. The ballpark's 3.78 ERA was the sixth-lowest in the major leagues.

Faced with a 16-foot fence in left that became known as "The Great Wall of Flushing," David Wright's power numbers dropped sharply. After averaging 30 homers per year in the final three seasons at Shea Stadium, he averaged 18 a year at Citi Field.

The Mets are adding about 140 seats as part of the changes.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mets making adjustments to Citi-Field's wall heights and dimensions

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  Substantial dimension changes to Citi Field will be announced after the World Series, in an effort to make the 3-year-old ballpark more hitter-friendly, a team official confirmed.

Citi Field allowed 1.33 homers per game last season, which ranked 14th among 16 National League ballparks, ahead of only San Francisco's AT&T Park (1.00) and San Diego's Petco Park (1.23).

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said last month that the intention was to make Citi Field more neutral -- not to tilt the balance in favor of hitters.

Alderson added at the time that offense sells. And the Mets need to fill seats, having experienced three straight seasons of declining attendance.

"We're not looking for an advantage with respect to home runs versus visitors' home runs," Alderson said last month. "At the same time, I think there is some sense that the park is a little more overwhelming to a team that spends half its time there as opposed to a team that comes in for three games and doesn't really have to alter an approach or think about it too much and leaves."

The 16-foot wall in left field will remain because it is structural, but a new 8-foot wall will be erected in front of it, a team source said.

The new left-field wall will not be constructed exactly parallel to the old wall. That would make it too close down the left-field line. Instead, a more modest reduction in depth will occur at the left-field foul pole, with a wider gap between the new and old walls in left-center.

Additional seating is expected to be added between the new and old walls, although there cannot be the same number of rows added throughout that area because of the different space between the walls in the corner versus in left-center.

In right field, where the "Mo's Zone" nook currently exists, the fencing will be moved closer to eradicate that crevice.

A dramatic change will occur in right-center, which had measured 415 feet from home plate. The new depth is expected to be 390 feet -- a 25-foot reduction. That should particularly benefit third baseman David Wright, whose natural power is to right-center.

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