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Working the Levels


Illustration by L-Dopa  


Where to Go…

…To Score a Foul Ball
First- and third-base coaches will often pick up foul grounders and toss them into the front-row seats of sections 63 to 67 and 64 to 68. The front of loge sections 4 and 5 gets most of the balls that come over the backstop. If you can’t get into those seats, stalk the aisle behind sections 76 to 142.

…For the Shortest Bathroom Line
Outside section 16 of the upper deck at Shea. Thanks to a special “families” bathroom, there are almost twice the number of toilets than elsewhere at Shea—but they’re located outside the only sections of the stadium where beer isn’t allowed.

…To Pay As Much As You Possibly Can
Diamond View Suite 11–12 behind third base: $7,000 for 30 tickets, four VIP parking passes, a personal appearance by Mr. Met, a scoreboard message of your choice, and a visit by a former Met to be your personal color man. Add $8,000 if it’s a Subway Series, $1,500 for a surf-and-turf package plus waiter, $810 for a top-shelf open bar, and $20,000 if your Met alum is Tom Seaver, for a max cost of $37,310.

…To Catch a Home Run
Shea is set up such that only 56 out of 178 long balls last year came down in fan-accessible spaces; of those, 34 landed in the “picnic area,” available only via group sales, beyond the left-field fence. Find yourself a group!

…To Get a Souvenir
Head to Row A of sections 179 and 180, which offers a prime position by the outfield for getting balls during warm-ups. Wear a glove so players don’t feel they’re endangering you by making a hard, accurate throw.

...To Watch Future Mets Play at the Beach
Head to Coney Island’s KeySpan Park to see Mets minor-league ball club the Brooklyn Cyclones. Field-box seats cost about $14.


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