Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Shea Stadium 1964

Found this great 1964 New York World's Fair, Shea Stadium Postcard. Parking lot full of cars. But I don't think the game was sold out. Fantastic card!

William A. Shea Municipal Stadium - Flushing Meadow Park, Queens - Operated by Department of Parks - City of New York - Official World's Fair postcard by Dexter Press, Inc. - Unisphere presented by United States Steel.

The stadium seats 55,000 for baseball and 60,000 for football. It will be used during the summer of 1964 and 1965 for sports attractions presented in cooperation with the World's Fair.

Final portion of the demolition of Shea with new Citi Field in the background. Found on Flickr @ edogisgod's photostream.

On January 31, Mets fans all over New York came to Shea for one final farewell to Shea Stadium. Fans took a tour of the site, told stories, and sang songs. The last remaining section of seats was demolished on February 18, 2009. Fans stood in awe as the remaining structure of Shea Stadium (one section of ramps) was torn down at 11:22 AM that morning.


TokyoMagic! said...

Great postcard! Is it true that they are going to tear down Shea Stadium?

Major Pepperidge said...

That IS a fantastic card. That game sure looks sold out to me!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

It was demolished to furnish additional parking for the adjacent Citi Field, the current home of the Mets.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

I have added an additional picture of the demolition of Shea Stadium to this post.

Dave said...

I had always wanted to visit Shea, ever since I first saw the "Beatles at Shea Stadium" 1965 concert film back when I was in high school in the late 70's. I finally got there last year for a Mets game in their final season there. Tons of history there with two World Series championships and many historic concerts. The place was definitely showing its age, but I was thrilled to finally get to see it.

I'll say one thing for Citi Field, Shea's replacement - they've done a nice job of recapturing the old Ebbets Field rotunda in the new stadium's design.

Walter Sobchak said...

I loved Shea Stadium: it was strictly utilitarian but still had some of that 1960s futurist charm. It was also very easy to get to (by car, train, or subway), had the basic amenities, and had tremendous sightlines for baseball, nevermind the best and most knowledgeable fans in the country. It was a perfect symbol for Queens, too, as Queens really began to explode population-wise in the 1960s just as it was built and just as New Yorkers began to Meet the Mets.

Citifield tries to emulate Ebbets Field, but that was Brooklyn. And, no matter what, I'm still calling it Shea.

TokyoMagic! said...

Thanks for the update and additional photo! Wow...don't we keep anything around anymore? We are really just a throw-away and tear-down society now aren't we?