Section 518

Where we endeavor to stay positive about the 2011 Mets…

McFadden’s at Citi Field

Posted by JD on February 25, 2010

Shannon Stark at The Mets Police gave us an excellent update on the features of the new McFadden’s bar at Citi Field. Personally, I couldn’t be happier.

Let me get this out of the way: I’m aware of the theory that the Mets are “ripping off” the Phillies by opening their own McFadden’s. The Phillies had their McFadden’s before the Mets did primarily because they opened Citizen’s Bank Park before the Mets opened Citi Field. So, by definition, the Mets were ripping off the Phillies by opening a new stadium, too. Which is just nonsense, of course.

Sure, the Philly McFadden’s was open from day one while the Mets waited a full season before opening theirs. So what? That shouldn’t stop them from enhancing the fan experience and creating a new revenue stream (the bar will pay rent 12 months a year, not just during baseball season), both of which the new McFadden’s will achieve. So good for them, and good for us.

But I digress: the main point of this post was to convey to you why I’m so excited about a new bar. Some history: I’m a former resident of the City of Brotherly Love. I lived there from 2003-05 and I attended more than 20 games at CBP (or, as I like to call it, the Brick Cit House), including the first night game. It was (and still is) a great park and McFadden’s was a key piece.

A great meeting point, you could enter the bar before the game and easily find your friends without wandering around a parking lot. Post game, it was a nice place to meet up for one last beer before heading home. And during blowouts or rain delays? Well, that should be self-explanatory. And for those of you who don’t drink, I understand why you’re not impressed. But you should know that the food was of good quality and they almost always had a decent cover band for the post game. And the Citi Field McFadden’s is supposedly going to have batting cages, which should be fun for everyone.

The main difference between the bars will be their locations (and I’m not just talking about the respective cities). The McFadden’s in Philly is adjacent to the “front” entrance. I put the word in quotes because can their really be a front to your stadium when it’s surrounded by parking lots? But that entrance was the most convenient for those of us who rely on mass transportation, which highlights the main flaw of the Citi Field McFadden’s: it’s on the exact opposite side of the park from the 7 train platform. Obviously, the Jackie Robinson Rotunda prevents placing the bar in the front of the park, but I thought a nice compromise would’ve been the left field gate. For whatever reason, they decided to put it in the corner of the field that is most inconvenient for driver and subway rider alike.

I can’t get too down about the location though, because the overall concept is sound. McFadden’s will add to the fan experience and really, that’s all that matters. It’s a good move by the Mets. Just be sure to ignore the Philly fans when they start chirping…

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