Over the weekend I made a new friend. Â His name is Shawn and he is the General Manager of McFadden’s Citi Field. Â He was kind enough to invite me out so we could chit-chat about some ideas.
This was more of a business meeting then a reporter session, but Shawn was great and showed me around and told me all about the place – what I am sharing here is from memory and because I’m honorable I asked if he minded if I shared what I saw and he was all about it. Â I think the quote was “we have no secrets.”
I”m very very excited about having McFadden’s at Citi Field. Â It will give us Mets fans a place to meet before games and a place to hang after games. Â Shawn even floated the idea of watching the last two innings of a blowout on the TV feeds in the bar…I can totally see it. Â They’ll have the SNY feed and the raw in-house feed that you see at the concession stands.
The bar is on 126th street, to the right of the bullpen entrance, and the space is very big. Â Surprisingly so. Â I asked what was there before. Â Nothing. Â Shawn said there’s similar space on the other side of the stadium (I believe he Â meant the right field side but I might be wrong).
When you come in they’ll make an educated guess about where to send you – so when I show up with Mrs. Mets Police and the kids, they’ll profile us toward the tables – and when three 28 year olds in black Franco jerseys show up they’ll be pointed to the bar. Â Makes sense to me!
Although it somehow got in my head that they’d have batting cages, Shawn mentioned that they might do pitching games instead. Â If I owned the place I would go for the option that omits bats. Â Either way it sounds like fun.
As I spent time in the huge unfinished space, I could totally envision the possibilities beyond game day. Â I lived in Queens for a long long time, and I could see McFadden’s being a great place to gather for a big road game, or even just to hang if you didn’t have tickets for a playoff game.
Now on to the pictures – you’re going to look at the unfinishedness and wonder how they’ll be done in time. Â Relax. Â Ever remodel your kitchen? Â It’s amazing what construction guys can do in two days.
Thanks to Ben (metsiesandothermusings.blogspot.com) for two of those pictures.
Some answers to questions that came up when I mentioned I made a trip to Citi Field:
- no David Howard did not have coffee with me.
- I did not see a blue outfield fence. Â I wasn’t inside-inside, but I think a blue fence would have been reported by now. Â In theory there could be a yellow fence or no fence at all.
- I was not inside the Mets museum. Â I openly would love to be invited to the sneak preview of that.
I’ll have more about McFadden’s very soon. Â In the meantime, sign up for the Blue Cap Army if you haven’t. Â It’s helpful for meetings like this if I have an actual quantifiable number of “followers” – hopefully some cool BCA announcements soon, a website for it, and I did set up the twitter @bluecaparmy.