Queens - Flushing: Citi Field Fanwalk - Ventura's Grand Slam Single
On October 17, 1999, in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS, Robin Ventura's blast over the right field wall with the bases loaded in the 15th inning in a rain at Shea Stadium beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3. Forcing Game 6 in Atlanta, the third baseman was mobbed by his teammates before he reached second base and his apparent grand slam was ruled a single.
The Citi Field Fanwalk provides fans the opportunity to recognize their families, friends, and favorite Mets memories. The first offering of twenty sections of 18,000 bricks directly outside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda was installed prior to the inaugural season at the new Mets home in 2009. The Fanwalk was extended with twelve additional sections down the first base and third base lines the following year with Citi Field Fanwalk: Amazin’ Moments bricks commemorating great moments in Mets history. The first two editions of Citi Field Fanwalk bricks sold out with fans purchasing more than 24,000 bricks. For the 2012 season, the Mets expanded the Fanwalk to include a new offering of bricks in honor of the franchise’s 50th anniversary to be installed for the 2012 season along the first and third base sides of the ballpark outside the Hodges VIP and Seaver VIP entrances. Net proceeds from each brick purchase was donated to the Mets Foundation, which distributes the funds to area charities.
Citi Field was completed in 2009, replacing the adjacent Shea Stadium as the home of the New York Mets. Designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport) and named after Citigroup, the $850 million ballpark saw its first action with a college baseball gaqme between St. John's and Georgetown on March 29, 2009. The Mets played their first two games at the ballpark on April 3 and April 4, 2009 against the Boston Red Sox as charity exhibition games. The first regular season home game was played on April 13, 2009, against the San Diego Padres.