|Former names||KeySpan Park (2001–2009)|
|Location||1904 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NYC, New York 11224
|Owner||City of New York|
|Operator||New York Mets|
|Field size||Left Field – 315 feet (96 m)
Center Field – 412 feet (126 m)
Right Field – 325 feet (99 m)
|Surface||Artificial Turf (2013–present)
|Broke ground||August 22, 2000|
|Opened||June 25, 2001|
|Construction cost||$55 million
($70.9 million in 2016 dollars)
|Architect||Jack L. Gordon Architects PC, AIA|
|Structural engineer||Ysrael A. Seinuk, P.C.|
|Services engineer||Keyspan Energy Management|
|General contractor||Turner Construction|
|Brooklyn Cyclones (NYPL) (2001–present)
Brooklyn Bolts (FXFL) (2014–2015)
New York Empire (AUDL) (2014–present)
NYU Violets (NCAA) (2015–present)
World Baseball Classic (2016)
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. The NYU Violets Baseball team began playing at MCU Park in 2015. Official seating capacity is 7,000, though the Cyclones will sell up to 2,500 more standing room tickets. Prior to 2016, the capacity was 7,500 plus 2,500 standing room.
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 of the subway routes 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).
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. Following the 2015 season, a set of bleachers were removed, removing 500 seats from the ballpark.
The Brooklyn Bolts played their home games at MCU Park during the 2014 and 2015 Fall Experimental Football League seasons before folding. The New York Cosmos played their May 2, 2015, regular season match against the Ottawa Fury at MCU Park.
In 2015, the New York University Violets moved in and made MCU Park their home stadium. In the process, they forced the St. Joseph's College Bears to move out. Baruch College plays a few games at MCU Park, as do many high school teams.
From September 22nd to 25th, 2016 the World Baseball Classic hosted a qualifying round at MCU Park for the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Israel won he Qualifier over Great Britain, Brazil & Pakistan.
- In 2003, Björk performed two shows at MCU park: August 22, 2003 and August 23, 2003. Portions of these concerts appear in the Icelandic music documentary Screaming Masterpiece.
- 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 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 August 9, 2007, the French electronic music duo Daft Punk performed in MCU Park during their Alive 2007 Tour.
- On July 16, 2008, 311 and Snoop Dogg played a show together.
- On July 13, 2009, Wilco performed with "very special guests" Yo La Tengo.
- On June 26 and 27, 2010, Furthur, featuring Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, performed at the park; they returned to perform again on July 13 and 14, 2012.
On July 2, 2010, MCU Park hosted a live Total Nonstop Action Wrestling house show which also broke the TNA attendance record and became the most attended live TNA house show in the United States to date with a crowd of just under 5,550 fans.
On August 15, 2014, Ring of Honor Wrestling debuted at MCU Park with Field of Honor.
On August 22, 2015, Ring of Honor Wrestling returned to MCU Park for the second time with the second edition of Field of Honor.
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- 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifiers are set