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Shaded Seats at Citi Field

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The New York Mets play their home games at Citi Field, an open-air ballpark in Queens. Mets and Yankee fans know that New York City summers are hot and humid, which makes selecting the right seats at Citi Field crucial for a comfortable experience. Fans taking the 7 Train to a game can use this guide along with the stadium’s seating chart to find the best shaded seats at Citi Field.

Where are the shaded seats at Citi Field?

Typically, the seats in the shade at Citi Field are located:

  • Behind Home Plate: Shaded for afternoon and evening games
  • 3rd Base Line: Shaded in the late afternoon and evening
  • 300-Level: Rows under cover are shaded
  • Lower-level Left Field: Field level seats under cover are shaded

For the 2024 season, the Mets play day games (1:10 p.m. or 1:40 p.m.), late afternoon games (4:10 p.m.), and evening games (7:10 p.m.). For specific details about shaded sections and different start times, please continue reading.

Citi Field Orientation to the Sun

Citi Field is oriented to the north-northeast. The sun rises over right field and progresses down the 1st baseline during the morning. It curves around home plate at mid-day and ultimately sets behind the 3rd base stands. This configuration makes the 3rd base line the “shade side” of the ballpark and the 1st base line and right field the sunny spots.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

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Seats in the Shade at Mets Afternoon Games

In the early afternoon, the sun shines high in the sky above home plate. The safest bet for shaded seating is in the 300-level, which is almost entirely covered by the 400-level overhang. Rows deep in sections 101-103 in right field also benefit from the overhang of the mezzanine section above.

As the afternoon progresses, the sun moves from home plate along the 3rd baseline toward the left field foul pole. For field-level seating, Sections 121-127 are the best choice, and rows far enough back will benefit from the shade provided by the sections above and behind. For those who don’t mind higher seats, sections 520-528 feature a roof that provides shade to those in the highest rows. Shade seekers should avoid outfield sections 301-305 and 533-538 as they’re entirely exposed to the sun.

Shadows on the stands at Citi Field in Queens

During an afternoon game sections on the 3rd base side of the ballpark will get shade first while sections on the 1st base side and uncovered outfield sections will be in the sun.
Credit: Citi Field Panorama by Cole Kennedy.

Seats in the Shade at Mets Evening Games

On the longest days of the year, sunset in Queens isn’t until 8:30 p.m. This means that fans attending games in June and July will need to consider the sun’s position through at least the first few innings. By 7:00 p.m., the sun begins to set behind the left field foul pole. Most sections along the 3rd base side of the park, from field-level upward, should be shielded from the sun. Seats behind the left field wall are shaded as well.

Sections in the upper deck on the 1st base side and in right field near the foul pole will experience sun exposure until twilight. Fans who choose to sit on this side of the ballpark should bring sunglasses to prevent the glare from interfering with their view of the early innings.

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