Shea Stadium

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William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium or just Shea, was a stadium located in the New York City borough of Queens, in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. After 29 months and $28.5 million, the Stadium opened on April 17, 1964, with the Mets losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates, led by Roberto Clemente and Bill Mazeroski, 4-3 before a crowd of 50,312. The stadium was located close to LaGuardia Airport. For many years, interruptions for planes flying overhead were common at Shea, and the noise was so loud that radio and television broadcasts couldn't be heard. Later, flight plans were altered to alleviate the noise problem. It was the home baseball park of Major League Baseball's New York Mets from 1964 to 2008. Originally built as a multi-purpose stadium, Shea was also the home of the New York Jets football team until 1983. It was demolished to furnish additional parking for the adjacent Citi Field, the current home of the Mets. In accordance with New York City law, Shea Stadium was dismantled, rather than imploded.[6] Stadium fragments and memorabilia were sold to fans; the company with the rights to sell memorabilia was given two weeks after the final game to remove seats, signage and other potentially saleable/collectable items before demolition was to begin. The seats were the first ($869 per pair plus tax, a combination of '86 and '69), followed by other Shea memorabilia such as the foul poles, dugouts, stadium signage, and the giant letters that spell out "SHEA" at the front of the building. [READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE]







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