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New York Mets Baseball: An Opening Day Tour of Citi Field's New Outfield Wall
Mets Unveil New Outfield Wall and Tribute to Gary Carter in Season Opening Win (K.Kraetzer)

Since Citi Field opened in 2009, it has been known as a pitcher's park, with deep outfield walls in almost every direction.

For 2012, the Mets have changed the outfield walls significantly and added a new seating area reminiscent of Fenway Park's seats on top of the left field wall.  There are now 102 "Party Seats" to try out in left field, and they will be popular.  In right field, a fence has been added in front of the Modell's sign, adding 45 seats.

On Opening Day, the Mets unveiled a tribute to Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter who played for the Mets during their 1986 World Championship season who died in February.

Citi Field now sports three new outfield wall sections that make the field a bit more friendly to power hitters like their own David Wright and Jason Bay.  Both seemed frustrated in reaching the distance fences in the original configuration of the park. During Citi Field's first three years, only 1.43 home runs were hit per game, the lowest total in MLB (according to STATS LLC).

On one visit to Citi Field, I saw a game-winning home run for the Mets clear the original left field wall, landing in the second row.  The stadium announcer said the ball had gone over 400 feet—this is about what it took to to hit a home run at Citi Field in the past.

Soon after the end of the 2011 season, the Mets announced the changes and the new dimensions.

Only time will tell. The new configuration is more of an opportunity for hitters, but it is not like home run-friendly Yankee Stadium across the river in the Bronx.  Citi Field still contains an odd corner in right center field that will kick a few balls away from outfielders and turn into possible inside-the-park homers.

On Opening Day, the fans had a delightfully sunny opportunity to see the new outfield walls in the four-year-old ball park.

Let's take a walk around Citi Field and take a look at the outfield wall from a couple of viewpoints. 

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