Last month when I shared my SunTrust Park Open House blog post with Uni Watch readers, one typical Mets fan called SunTrust a Citi Field look-alike. Perhaps he has never actually visited the Mets home field. While there are a few similarities, there are more differences. Here are just a few:Citi's upper deck (above) stretches all the way to left-centerfield. SunTrust's upper deck (below) only reaches the foul poles. SunTrust's upper deck is more symmetrical, with both left field and right field ending at the same place. Citi's decks are asymmetrical. The view beyond Citi's walls appear void, unlike "suburban" SunTrust's skyscraper-laden panorama. Advantage SunTrust.
Skeptics complain the Braves fled the city. Purists bemoan ballparks not built in neighborhoods like Wrigley. Yet the Braves built in an area closer to their fanbase. Many, like me, don't have to travel on interstates to reach the park. SunTrust is surrounded by restaurants, shopping, hotels, concert halls, and businesses. Citi Field is famously situated among vacant lots and car repair garages.Citi Field's façade famously replicates Brooklyn's Ebbets Field - but looks nothing like SunTrust Park. Citi has a canopy similar to SunTrust's, but the roof in Atlanta is baseball's biggest.
There are things I like better about Citi. The upper deck is bigger, allowing more opportunities for fans on a budget, like me. The light stanchions are more traditional at Citi. SunTrust's lighting is light-years better than at Turner Field, and are interestingly configured. Next time you're at a game, take a look.
The Mets fan making comparisons may have seen similarities in the two stadiums' seating bowls. A careful comparison of Citi above and SunTrust below reveal SunTrust's to be closer to the field, as advertised - supposedly the closest in all of baseball. There appear to be more field level seats at Citi, as well as the aforementioned larger upper deck.
As for me, I side with SunTrust. But like the wayward Mets fan, perhaps I'm a bit biased.