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Construction Update

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September 2008

The construction of Citi Field continues to progress. Installation of ballpark seating continues, with the lower bowl (about 16,000 seats) complete. Construction of the field drainage system is underway; the grass for the field is currently growing on eastern Long Island and is scheduled to be put down in late October.

A particularly exciting recent highlight was the installation of the Citi Field name on the ballpark, as cranes hoisted the letters into place over the main scoreboard and atop the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.

Later this month, the Mets staff will move into their new offices on the second and third floors of the administrative building. The offices are connected to the ballpark via a bridge in right field.

The efforts of 850 talented construction workers are advancing the development of this world-class sports and entertainment destination. The construction of Citi Field creates a significant opportunity for the competitive strength of Local, Minority and Woman- Owned Business Enterprises (LBE/MBE/WBE). The Mets have been working with an advisory committee of community leaders chaired by Borough President Helen Marshall and co-chaired by Councilman Leroy Comrie that has ensured the involvement of minorityand women-owned businesses in Queens and the immediate area. Women and minorities have accounted for 25% of the project's workforce.

The Mets and ARAMARK - a world-class leader in professional services and the Mets' food and beverage provider - have announced an unprecedented partnership with Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) to transport its culinary talent and expertise to Citi Field. Through this collaboration with one of the world's most renowned restaurant groups, Citi Field will set a new industry standard for the guest dining experience in sports and entertainment venues.

Among the dining choices USHG will offer at Citi Field are the enormously popular Blue Smoke and Shake Shack, as well as two new food concepts - a taquería and a Belgian frites stand. In addition, USHG will provide all food and beverage services at Citi Field's Sterling Club, the premium seating area for 1,600 guests on the Field Level directly behind home plate.

"One of our major goals in the development of Citi Field was to create a destination attraction for our fans and our city. Our partnership with Danny and ARAMARK sets out to o that and redefine the paradigm of dining at any sports or entertainment venue in the country," said Mets' COO Jeff Wilpon. "Danny is a rock star restaurateur and Union Square's restaurants are uniquely New York and globally renowned. We now have a culinary All-Star at Citi Field as a major pillar of the total entertainment experience throughout our new home."

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