Shea Hey Shea Stadium: A Photographic Tribute to My Favorite Place on Earth

LETS GO METS!!!

Those might be my favorite words in the English language.

As such, I was beyond psyched to find a bunch of old photos of the Mecca – Shea Stadium – to take into my digital darkroom.

This is the final pitche ever thrown at Shea Stadum: Tom Seaver to Mike Piazza on September 28, 2008
This is the final pitche ever thrown at Shea Stadum: Tom Seaver to Mike Piazza on September 28, 2008

Shea was Home to the New York Mets from 1964-2008

Located in Flushing Meadows, Queens, Shea was home to the New York Mets for 44 years.

While the Mets only brought home two World Series championships, Shea was home to countless memorable playoff games and other special events.

Subway Series matchups were always a fan-favorite at Shea
Subway Series matchups were always a fan-favorite at Shea
During the final years of Shea, progress loomed like a wrecking ball in center field
During the final years of Shea, progress loomed like a wrecking ball in center field

So Many Happy Memories

As a die-hard fan, I could write volumes about all of my fond memories of Shea.

From the highs to the lows, it was my second home for much of my life and it’s demise in 2008 finally inspired me to get a dslr and properly document the place while I still could. It also led to my Baseball Stadium Fisheye Tour photographic series.

What a beauty!
What a beauty!
The final game at Shea Stadium began with the tarp on the field: an ominous sign of things to come
The final game at Shea Stadium began with the tarp on the field: an ominous sign of things to come

It Was OUR Dump

Sure it wasn’t perfect. The concourse was narrow, cold, gray and separated from the game.

Watching the game while waiting for food meant squinting at an old tube TV on the far wall and the walk back to Upper Deck seats could often involve two flights of stairs. As the saying goes, “it was a dump, but it was our dump.”

That may be, but it also was the best place to watch nine innings with 55,000 cheering friends.

Three giant escalators transport fans up the the top levels of Shea Stadium while an empty ramp waits to be filled post-game
Three giant escalators transport fans up the the top levels of Shea Stadium while an empty ramp waits to be filled post-game
Your choices for climbing Shea Stadium included a massive switch-back ramp
Your choices for climbing Shea Stadium included a massive switch-back ramp
There was nothing like a night game at Shea after a long day of work
There was nothing like a night game at Shea after a long day of work

I Don’t Wanna Shea Goodbye!

I was there for the last game at Shea Stadium. We shoulda won it. We should won it all!

But alas, on September 28, 2008, we all had to Shea Goodbye!

Setting up for the Shea Goodbye celebration after the final out of the 2008 season.
Setting up for the Shea Goodbye celebration after the final out of the 2008 season.
Shea Stadium lives on with a plaque that marks the spot where the bases and pitcher's mound once stood, which is now located in the Citi Field parking lot.
Shea Stadium lives on with a plaque that marks the spot where the bases and pitcher’s mound once stood, which is now located in the Citi Field parking lot.

Did you ever attend a game at Shea Stadium? I would love to hear some of your memories in the comments section.

  • Louis

    Hi Greg,

    Great photos, words and website, however Shea was 44 years old not 54.

    • Thanks Louis… I fixed the year issue. And man-oh-man, do I ever miss Shea!!!

  • Ahhhh…. i miss Shea so much!! I grew up in that place and will love it forever, as “un-modern” as it was :)

    • The best place on earth! A dump, but our dump. So colorful. So enormous. So OURS!
      Thanks for your comment :)

  • thank you for taking these AMAZING photos… u can feel the baseball