|Often referred to as New York City’s other team, the New York Mets are based in the borough of Queens. The team wears uniforms of white, royal blue and burnt orange, and has been entertaining fans in the Big Apple for more than 50 years. While the team shares the city with one of the most dominant franchises of all time, the New York Yankees, it has built a strong and loyal fan? base through many successful seasons. If you’re looking for an amazing baseball experience in New York City, purchase your New York Mets tickets today!
The Mets were originally planned to be a part of a third division of the MLB, the Continental League. While talks of the CL began in 1959, the idea was disbanded in 1960, when its four teams were split up among the existing American and National leagues. In 1961, the team, then known as the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club (“Mets” for short) was admitted to the National League. The team drafted more than 20 players in the 1961 expansion draft, spending nearly $2 million. The remainder of that year was dedicated to branding, developing the original stadium, and training the team. The Mets first game was played on April 11, 1962, and they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals by seven runs. In their first season, the Mets would win only 40 of 162 games, but greater things were soon to come.
Despite the team’s rough start, the Mets have had a fair amount of success over the years. As of 2015, the Mets have won two World Series Championships, with those titles coming in 1969 and 1986, respectively. The first of those series was played against the Baltimore Orioles, and is considered one of the largest upsets in the history of baseball. For that win, the 1969 team earned the nickname “Miracle Mets.”The 1986 World Series title came in a series against the Boston Red Sox. In addition to these two titles, the Mets also won their division and appeared in the World Series in 1973 and 2000. In the former year, they were bested by the Oakland Athletics, and by the New York Yankees in the latter.
The Mets currently play their home games at Citi Field in Queens. The stadium has a large capacity, capable of seating 41,800 individuals at any point. For the first two seasons, the franchise played its home games at the New York City Polo Grounds, moving to Shea Stadium in 1964. The team stayed at Shea until 2008, and Citi Field officially opened to Mets fans for the first home game of the 2009 season.