According to a report that appeared in the NY Post yesterday, the Mets’ new $850 million stadium is starting to break down at an alarming rate.
Apparently, even though Citi Field is barely one season old, it has seen more than it’s fair share of breakdowns, leaks, and a myriad of other problems which recently included water damage to several luxury suites — including comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s.
Sources said other problems have turned Mets maintenance crews into the team’s real five-tool stars. Among the problems:
* A nonworking elevator last week that forced Mets owner Fred Wilpon to climb four flights to his office.
* An outfield section known as “Mo’s Zone” flooding in a rainstorm three months ago because drains were clogged. The backup was caused by 20 feet of pipe collapsing in the bullpen.
* A 4-by-6-foot illuminated sign falling in the field-level promenade during an off day.
* Electricity in the kitchen above the ticket booths near the rotunda shorting out. One outage caused the refrigerators to fail and water to leak into the ticket booths.
* A piece of concrete breaking off; it’s now sitting in a field crew’s office.
* Air conditioning and heating in the maintenance crew’s locker room that hasn’t worked since Day 1.
* Improperly installed electrical outlets. There is only one socket in the team’s laundry room, so a power strip is needed to plug in all the washing machines.
* A black granite capstone on the stadium’s ground-level facade falling off. Yesterday, Mets workers were spotted fixing the broken tile.
* Soaked seats in another luxury suite caused by a leaky ceiling during a rainy Mets-Yankees game. Crews carrying buckets, mops and towels paraded into the suite all night to stem the tide.
Dave Howard, the Mets’ executive vice president of business operations, acknowledged some of the problems, but called them minor and not unexpected.
That may be true, but I haven’t seen or heard any similar type reports coming from the new Yankee Stadium. Crumbling concrete would lead me to believe that this goes beyond a leaky faucet or clogged drain.
It sounds like the new stadium could use a stint on the DL and may need some off season surgery as well if you ask me.