February 5th, 2018
Citi Field is entering it’s 10th Baseball season this Spring, and to celebrate that, the Mets have announced an all new “Home Plate Lounge” space. The new space looks to be just to left of the current Hyundai Club, and will feature All-Inclusive Food & Non-Alcoholic drinks.
The Dugout Exterior
The Dugout Community Tables & Space
At first look, this doesn’t look like a ballpark, as much as it does an airport lounge. The tentative name, as you can see from the above photo, is “The Dugout” though I’m sure the Mets will have a corporate sponsor sign-on to this.
Here’s how the Mets explain it:
Housing ticket holders sitting in the first 8 rows behind home plate, the Home Plate Lounge’s exclusivity is a perfect fit for companies looking to entertain their current or prospective clients, while enjoying the best seats in the ballpark.
What’s interesting about that is there are only six rows in front of the “moat” at Citi Field. Everyone else (formerly Delta Silver) only got access to the SkyClub, with no complementary options. It’ll be interesting to see how the Mets manage to include the front two rows of the back area, while excluding everyone else.
Back to the press release:
In addition to the private bar and in-seat service, patrons will be able to enjoy an array of all-inclusive food & non-alcoholic beverage options featuring rotating carving and pasta stations, along with Citi Field ballpark fare and fan-favorite’s including Shake Shack, Blue Smoke, Box Frites, DO cookie dough and more delivered to your seat.
So basically, they are matching Yankee Stadium, and comping the Delta in-seat service that has been offered since the stadium opened in 2009. This seems like a smart move, when I sat there in 2017, I noticed that most people ate from the limited set up at the Delta SkyLounge, which is where (I believe) this new set-up will be.
On gameday, access your seats via an exclusive, private entrance to the Home Plate Lounge. In addition, ticket holders will also have full access to the Delta Sky360° Club along with complimentary concessions and ballpark fare around the ballpark*.
*Includes all concessions/club concessions where credit cards are accepted (Delta Market, Delta Coffee/Dessert Bar, kosher stand, gluten free stand, Mama’s Corona, Daruma of Tokyo, Nicoletta, Papa Rosso, Bash Burger, etc.). Does not include Pat LaFrieda’s Chop House or Porche Grille.
This is quite nice. I’m assuming the Mets will be using a POS system that can scan your ticket, which will comp concessions at most Citi Field food retailers. So, if you have a ticket behind home plate, you can get Shake Shack, Daruma of Tokyo, Fuku and more.
This seems super expensive and hard to pull off. What would stop me from buying Shack Burgers for my friends up in the Promenade? Also, if it’s just your ticket that needs to be scanned at a ballpark POS, couldn’t I just print out another email copy, and give it to my friends so they can get free premium food up top?
Not saying I would do this, but I’m sure many would try to find a loophole, which appear to be prominent.
At the end of the day this is nice, but the details are still rather limited. I’m sure this will be further explained in the Mets annual “What’s New?” event, but until then, we will have to wait and see.