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Mets Fans Angry Over Opening Day Parking ‘Fiasco’ At Citi Field

An overhead view of Citi Field during Opening Day 2013. (credit: Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880)

An overhead view of Citi Field during Opening Day 2013. (credit: Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Ronnie from Danbury, Conn., says it took him three hours to drive to Queens for the New York Mets’ season opener on Monday.

But that was only the beginning. Ronnie told WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show on Tuesday that the parking situation at Citi Field was so bad that he never even made it to the gates.

“Yesterday was a freakin’ ridiculous fiasco,” he said. “When we got there, the entire road around Citi Field was a parking lot. Nobody could get into the stadium, and that’s why there was nobody there (for first pitch).”

“By the time we could have maybe parked at the tennis center and bused in, it was already the fourth inning,” he added.

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With Cirque du Soleil occupying part of their parking lot, the Mets were urging fans to take mass transit to Monday’s game against the Washington Nationals. Citi Field didn’t appear to be holding anywhere near the announced crowd of 42,442 by the time the game started at 1:10 p.m.

Linda from Flushing said she left her house at noon for the short trip to the ballpark. It took her about 15 minutes and then she snaked around the stadium “for an hour and a half, only to wind up parking by Home Depot.”

Linda said the trek from her spot was no picnic either, and it was the bottom of the fourth inning before she got to her seat.

“I was livid,” she told Boomer & Carton. “I was in the car listening to (WFAN host) Mike Francesa talk about how empty the stadium was, laughing. Meanwhile, if they had done an aerial shot of the area, there was like a gazillion cars trying to get in.”

Dave from Port Washington called into the show to say he saw vehicles backed up for miles. There were plenty of complaints on Twitter, too.

“It was insane,” Dave said.

Mets public relations chief Jay Horwitz told CBSNewYork.com he was looking into the complaints.

New York lost 9-7 in 10 innings.

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