So, Trogs, Jr., and I went to the game last night and had very good seats. Garrett122 was also there, but alas, we missed each other. There were a surprisingly large number of Pirates fans - I thought most of the diaspora had gone south and north, didn't realize that some had migrated from one northeastern state to another. Here are some random, arbitrary, and capricious thoughts on Citi Field as it compares to PNC, which I was last at several years ago ...
* Cost - It's New York. Ticket prices are obscene, even on a night when they're honoring rain-day tickets from a miserable game earlier this spring. Having said that, the Pirates are a "Value Plan" team for now, meaning that the prices were the lowest obscene prices for any series. It is truly worth checking out the cost of comparable seats at PNC and other venues some time. Parking was also expensive ($20). Food and drinks were expensive (made doubly offensive by the small size), but that's likely similar everywhere.
* Getting the tickets - a pain in the neck. Ordering on-line, I could get similar great seats, but only on the first-base side. I wanted to be near the Bucs Dugout. So I had to call them and had some questions and was told to call back - the rep would talk to a supervisor and answers to my questions would be available "no matter who answered." I did and they weren't. Also, I got tickets that supposedly gave me a discount on food - one didn't, so I ended up paying out-of-pocket. There were a lot of empty seats, so if you're ever in town for a "regular" game, you should be able to walk up and get seats w/out a problem.
* Access and neighborhood - Getting there by car was easy and surprisingly fast (I'm well upstate). G122, any comments on getting to the stadium by subway? We actually zipped right into (and out of) the parking lots and would have been home quickly but for a vehicle fire blocking all lanes on the Tappenzee bridge. All in all, about the same as getting to PNC. I didn't see much of the neighborhood, but there didn't seem to be a lot around but parking lots and LaGuardia, so I'll venture that's a plus for PNC. I am no longer a party Trogluddite, so I have no real terms of reference.
* Sightlines and ballpark feel - Or vice versa. Its strange that a lot of the historical references are to the Los Angeles Dodgers. I know, I know - they were the Brooklyn Bums, but that was a long time ago and they've been the Mets for half a century. The rotunda you enter through is beautiful, but a shrine to the Dodgers. The interior of the ballpark is beautiful and the field is nice, but there's not the same "homey" feeling as PNC. (It's hard to describe.) One surprise is that I could only identify three "wells" or spots for the TV cameras (hence my failure to get an interview with Lacee). Wherever those cameras are, they are well-hidden for both teams, and as much room as possible is given over to seats for the paying customers. The crowd was polite inside and out, unlike my last trip to Shea (or the old Yankee Stadium, or, embarraslingly enough, like the Steelers fans at the Steelers-Ravens playoff game a few years back). I was actually sitting next to some in-laws of one of the new Pirates coaches/front office staff, but there wasn't a lot of chit-chat.
* The only other aspect, which I can't really comment on because of where our seats were, is the cavernous nature of Citi Field's right field. It drops back to 415 feet, which I believe is deeper than the deepest parts of most other stadiums (the Tigers' field is deeper and maybe, the hump in Houston). There was a Pirates' hit last night that looked and felt like a home run, unfortunately, it died well short of the wall.
All in all, an enjoyable experience but for the mysterious disappearance of the Pirates' hitters every half-inning after the second. 1.5 thumbs up - if you're ever in New York, its probably worth the money to be able to say you saw a game here.