|Former names||KeySpan Park (2001–2009)|
|Location||1904 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11224
|Broke ground||August 22, 2000|
|Opened||June 25, 2001|
|Owner||City of New York|
|Operator||New York Mets|
|Surface||Artificial Turf (2013–present) Grass (2001–2012)|
|Construction cost||$55 million
($69.8 million in 2013 dollars)
|Architect||Jack L. Gordon Architects PC, AIA|
|Structural engineer||Ysrael A. Seinuk, P.C.|
|General contractor||Turner Construction|
|Field dimensions||Left Field – 315 feet (96 m)
Center Field – 412 feet (126 m)
Right Field – 325 feet (99 m)
|Brooklyn Cyclones (2001–)|
MCU Park (formerly KeySpan Park) is a minor league baseball stadium in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York City, USA. The home team is the New York Mets-affiliated Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York - Penn League. Official seating capacity is 7,500, though the Cyclones will sell up to 2,500 more standing room tickets.
Features include a concourse with free-standing concession buildings and overhanging fluorescent lamps in different colors, evoking an amusement park atmosphere. In addition, the park overlooks the Atlantic Ocean as well as the famous Parachute Jump in right field, and the landmarks Wonder Wheel and Coney Island Cyclone in left field.
MCU Park was built on the old site of Steeplechase Park, an old-time Coney Island amusement park that closed in 1964 amid crime and general deterioration of Coney Island and the subways that run to the area. Part of a general reinvestment in the Coney Island neighborhood, the park opened in 2001 with a capacity of 6,500. Demand for Cyclones tickets was so great that the team added 1,000 seats in a right-field bleacher pavilion within three weeks after the park opened. MCU Park prohibits fans from bringing outside food into the stadium, a policy in every minor league stadium, but not in effect at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium.
MCU Park and the Staten Island Yankees' Richmond County Bank Ballpark were paid for with public money, part of a deal that involved both the Mets and Yankees. The Yankees had to approve the construction of MCU Park, and the Mets had to approve the Yankees' minor league park, since the Major League Baseball organizations share territorial rights to the New York City market, and have veto power over each other (and any other MLB organization). If the combined minor league stadium project did not involve the approval of both the Mets and Yankees, it is likely that it would not have happened.
The park's naming rights were sold to KeySpan Energy, a utility company whose primary holding is the former Brooklyn Union Gas, until 2020. However, in 2007, KeySpan was acquired by United Kingdom-based National Grid plc. On January 29, 2010, the Cyclones announced that they had ended the deal with National Grid, because the KeySpan name no longer is in existence. On February 4, 2010, it was announced that the Municipal Credit Union signed an agreement for the ballpark to be called MCU Park in an eleven-year naming rights deal.
In the summer of 2004, the jam band Phish began what was billed as its last tour with a two-night stand at MCU Park, with a guest appearance by rapper Jay-Z, a native of Brooklyn, on the second evening. The first concert was simulcast in movie theaters and in 2006, released (along with selected songs from the second night) as a concert album and DVD under the name Phish: Live in Brooklyn. In 2005, the stadium hosted the Across the Narrows Festival along with Richmond County Bank Ballpark. In the same year, The White Stripes performed one of their recent tours following the release of their album, Get Behind Me Satan.
In the sweltering hot summer of 2005, Def Leppard and Bryan Adams performed at MCU Park on July 9 as a part of their efforts to bring major league Rock `N Roll to America's Minor League Baseball Parks during their 2005 Cross-Country ``Rock `N Roll Double-Header Tour.
On July 2, 2010, MCU Park hosted a live Total Nonstop Action Wrestling house show which also has broke TNA attendance record and is currently the most attended live TNA house show in the United States with a crowd of just under 5,550 fans. "Bourbon" Bob Eilbott, of New Hyde Park was unable to participate in this event due to scheduling conflicts.
On August 13, 2012, "Bourbon" Bob took on The Ultimate Warrior in the second TNA house show at MCU Park. He lost due to disqualification, after attempting to stab The Ultimate Warrior with a pair of scissors.
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