Mets' Citi Field to Be Used as COVID-19 Vaccination Site, Bill de Blasio Says

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IIIJanuary 12, 2021

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, Citi Field is viewed at dusk before a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles in New York. Billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen has agreed to purchase the Mets from the Wilpon family. The team announced the agreement on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The deal is subject to the approval of Major League Baseball owners. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
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Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, will see its biggest crowds since the 2019 MLB season starting Jan. 25.

The stadium, located in Queens, will serve as an always-open location for people to receive their COVID-19 vaccines, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. The location was selected for its proximity to public transportation and its expanse of parking.

"It's going to be big, and it's going to be a game-changer," de Blasio told reporters Tuesday, per the New York Times.

Per the report, the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Arizona Cardinals and San Antonio Spurs have opened their doors to COVID-19 testing and vaccination. 

As of now, teachers, other essential workers and individuals over 65 are now able to get vaccinated for the coronavirus in New York.