When the architect set out to design Citi Field for the New York Mets, the firm borrowed heavily from both the architecture of a classic stadium and the construction components from a nearby modern arena.
The design of the baseball-only, $800-million venue combined elements reminiscent of Ebbets Field, home of the beloved Brooklyn Dodgers, with materials that were cost-efficient and easily constructed.
Among the architectural elements are more than 250,000 square feet of precast concrete grandstands consisting of risers and tubs that provide secure seating that was erected quickly.
In designing the tubs, the precaster adapted existing forms to reduce lead time and speed up the manufacturing timetable. All tub modifications, including self-stressing work, were done in-house. The complex tub and riser forms were created from wood.
Forty-two percent of the ballpark’s seats are located in the concourse (or lowest) seating level. The contoured seating configuration enabled by the precast concrete components brings spectators closer to the field on all levels.