I used to sit in the press box at Shea Stadium for several years, and since I wasn’t exactly the most important guy in the room, my seat was below a large pipe whose purpose I never quite understood. All I know is that it often dripped what I assume was water, though I usually try not to think about the source. I’m just glad they have a nice new stadium there now so this kind of stuff doesn’t happen anymore.
(New name, same problems.)
What’s that? Citi Field is already a crumbling mess? FANHOUSE’s Tom Fornelli, citing a NEW YORK POST report, says the new stadium is riddled with structural issues even though the debut season isn’t even over yet. No word on whether the issues are related to a shirtless Tony Bernazard challenging the stadium to a fight.
Of course, the POST is, well, the POST, so you take what they print with a grain of salt. But they have an “insider” quoted as saying this:
“Yankees fans must have built the place,” an insider scoffed.
“Sh- - -y Field — that’s what we call it.”
And I just thought it was because of the baseball being played there.
FANHOUSE’s Fornelli summarizes the laundry list of problems chronicled in the POST article this way:
Fred Wilpon had to climb four flights of stairs to his office because an elevator wasn’t working, Mo’s Zone in the outfield completely flooded after some pipes collapsed, a 24-square foot sign fell on the promenade during a day off, and then there’s the falling concrete just for good measure.
I really hope that the “Mo’s Zone” is named after Mo Vaughn, because that would be an entirely appropriate fate for it.
This all doesn’t even address the fact that Jerry Seinfeld’s suite was taken over by mold, and stadium workers actually tore the walls down to try and figure out how to fix it.
Not surprisingly, at least one assemblyman is not too thrilled that a building that used $697 milllion in public money is already breaking down:
Assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D-Westchester), who criticized the city Industrial Development Agency over its deal to give the Mets and Yankees tax-free bonds to build new stadiums, said there should be an assessment of the stadium’s condition now that the inaugural season is drawing to a close.
“Taxpayer money is going to build the stadiums for these wealthy private entities, and it’s not clear that anyone is checking on anything,” Brodsky said. “No one knows who’s accountable.”
The POST also says that federal authorities are investigating the contractors that built the stadium for alleged overbilling. I would say this might not be a good sign for said contractors.