1964 & 1965 Official Guidebook Entries

The description of this exhibit from the 1964 Official Guide Book

Cover- 1964 Guidebook

The description of this exhibit from the 1965 Official Guide Book

Cover - 1965 Guidebook

Long after the Fair is gone, New York City's new Shea Stadium will remain as the ultimate in modern sports arenas. A five-minute walk from the Fair's main gate, it is the home of the New York Mets (baseball) and Jets (football). Between baseball games, it is used by the Fair for large special events. The stadium seats 55,000 for baseball and 60,000 for football, and no columns obstruct the view from any seat. There are some 40 acres of parking space, available to fairgoers between sports events, plenty of snack stands and 57 restrooms.


This home of two teams -- the New York Mets (baseball) and Jets (football) -- is one of the most modern stadiums in the world.

Long after the Fair has gone, the city's new Shea Stadium will remain as the latest word in comfort, convenience and design for sporting arenas. It seats 55,000 for baseball; for football, 10,000 of these seats in two arc-shaped stands are moved on tracks to provide better sideline viewing, and 5,000 bleacher seats are set up at the arena's open end. During the season the Mets and Jets play all their home games at the Stadium. When the teams are away, special events such as college football games are sometimes presented.


Flushing Meadow Park Municipal Stadium was part of Robert Moses' grand plan to make his park New York's premier destination for fun and recreation. Historian Eric Paddon takes a look at the early history of Shea Stadium.


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