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    Mets New Ballpark Will Be Named CitiField

    New Queens park to be named CitiField after U.S. bank sources

    BY LEO STANDORA
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER


    The Mets' new ballpark won't be named after any baseball heroes - you can bank on that.
    It'll be called CitiField for Citigroup Inc., the biggest bank in the U.S., sources familiar with negotiations said yesterday.

    Citigroup may be paying as much as $20 million a year for the advertising coup, according to Marc Ganis, president of SportsCorp Ltd., a Chicago-based consulting firm.

    That would make the deal the most expensive stadium-rights agreement ever, topping Reliant Energy Inc.'s 32-year, $300 million pact with the National Football League's Houston Texans.

    The team plans to unveil the name at a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday.

    The new ballpark, to be built next to Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens, is to open for the 2009 season.

    It'll have a grass playing field and seat about 45,000 people. Its facade will remind some fans of Ebbets Field, the Brooklyn Dodgers' home before the team left for Los Angeles after the 1957 season.

    The push to raise Citigroup's profile is part of Chief Executive Officer Charles Prince's plan to boost flagging revenue growth.

    Citigroup was the lead underwriter when the Mets sold $613million in bonds earlier this year to help finance stadium construction.

    The CitiField moniker is likely to disappoint fans who tossed out other ideas on the unofficial Megsblog.com, including that the stadium be named after legendary ballplayer Jackie Robinson or at least MetLife.

    Kathy Shea Anfuso, daughter of the late William Shea, the lawyer who played a key role in bringing National League ball back to New York after the Giants and Dodgers skipped out, had told the Daily News she was sorry to see her dad's name retired.

    But she said she understood and trusted Mets management to "do the right thing."


    Click on link to see artists renderings.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/front/sto...p-395880c.html

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    Please move this to the JI baseball talk forum, just like the Sheffield trade topics.

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    Those artists renderings have been out since April. I just posted the brand new ones in the Baseball forum.

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    let's see if they name the field....

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    makes sense, citibank is the most visibly committed big biz in the queens 'skyline'...

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    As you can see work started on both stadiums..
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    Yankees...
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    I'll try to get some more bigger pics as work progress.

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    Dude who are you trying to fool lol. Those are from www.Stadiumpage.com
    I hope you werent trying to fool me lol. I know eeeeeverything

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBIIICHAMPS
    Dude who are you trying to fool lol. Those are from www.Stadiumpage.com
    I hope you werent trying to fool me lol. I know eeeeeverything
    Sorry guy but your wrong. I didn't get my pics from that webpage. This is the forum http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...t=65433&page=9
    Anyway I wasn't saying I took the photos myself.This guy on another forum posted them. You thought you had me.... But now I know where he get his from pics from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IRONFAN 40
    Sorry guy but your wrong. I didn't get my pics from that webpage. This is the forum http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...t=65433&page=9
    Anyway I wasn't saying I took the photos myself.This guy on another forum posted them. You thought you had me.... But now I know where he get his from pics from.
    haha I knew it lol. But yeah you see they were from there.

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