A dedicated group of Mets fans from the wonderful site Baseball Fever, is hosting a "Goodbye to Shea" event this Saturday at Noon.
There are a ton of great photos of the Shea demolition, but for the ultimate collection of Shea demo pictures, please visit the Shea Stadium Demolition page. The page is maintained by Eric Okurowski, a 31-year-old M.B.A. student (and lifelong Mets fan) from Babylon.
With fans this dedicated to the old girl, it's only fitting that there be one final celebration of a stadium that we cherished. Saturday's Baseball Fever tribute meeting will be near Shea's famed subway entrance. The media is expected to attend.
Baseball Fever's letter, and more details on Saturday's events are here:
To whom it may concern,
As it is evident to all from the New York Area, the end is terribly near for the ballpark that housed our beloved New York Mets for 44 years. The life of the ballpark that hosted four World Series’, a Pope, The Yankees, The Beatles, The Stones, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and a Red Cross staging area after 9/11 is rapidly nearing its end. While it has been known since September 28th that there would be no more games in the park, the end did not fully begin to appear until the past two weeks when sections of the structure came down rapidly. Now, the steel skeleton is nearly all that remains of the park, and appears to be gone by the end of this weekend.
On Saturday, January 31st at 12:00pm, a large group of fans are planning to organize at the big blue ballpark one last time to say farewell to the old girl. There is no cost of course, and the day will include a walking tour around the site one last time, stories, photographs, and much more.
Last weekend, groups of fans and tourists flocked to the site to take pictures, share stores, and even leave notes on the fence around the demo site in what was a truly emotional two days for fathers with their children and tourists from around the world. This weekend, we would like to organize one formal farewell that was never done by the team for the fans. In the Bronx, memorabilia has been carried with dignitaries and schoolchildren from old park to new park, while no such occasion has been held for the Mets fans.
We invite you and any of your staff to attend the event and help us document the collective organization of fans at Shea Stadium one last time, not for a funeral, but for a celebration.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. Your input, suggestions for greatest exposure, assistance, and support would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for the diligence in your reply and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.