The NYT’s Ben Shpigel took a tour of Citi Field, and comes away pretty impressed. This passage is telling, though:
Before and during construction, Wilpon visited several of the newer ballparks around the majors because he wanted to see which elements to incorporate. He said PNC Park was his favorite and considered Citi Field a “super-sized Pittsburgh” (minus the stunning Roberto Clemente Bridge and skyline as a backdrop), though other ballparks came to mind more readily.
The out-of-town scoreboard sits atop the left-field upper deck, just as it does in Atlanta’s Turner Field. The main concourse is open so that fans walking to and from their seats do not miss a pitch, which is a fixture in the stadiums in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco, to name a few. As in Cincinnati, the concourse in the upper deck is split so fans up there can see the action if they leave their seats, too.
There’s also a Tiger Stadium-style overhang in right field.
Look, I’m sure it’s a nice park, but my inner architecture geek really wishes that at some point in the now 20-year ballpark building boom, someone would have had the guts to commission a design that was sui generis as opposed to all of these retro and retro-pastiche things we’ve received. Yes, on some level function dictates a lot of this sameness, but beyond the diamond, the grass, a scoreboard, and about 40,000 seats, one would think that there was more room for creativity than what we’ve seen. Quick: click through to the article and look at the picture. If you didn’t already know that was Citi Field, would you have been able to pick it out of a lineup?