On July 27, 1959, New York lawyer, William Shea announced his decision to bring a second professional baseball team to New York.
The Yankees were already getting attention as the city’s American League team and Shea saw the possibility of a National League team. The Mets played at the Polo Grounds, since they were already in New York with a fan base they were the team of choice. If this was going to be a reality Shea Stadium had to be built.
Ground was broken to begin the construction of the iconic Shea Stadium in 1961. It remained under construction for two years because of harsh winters and some worker strikes. The Mets played their first game on April 17, 1964 when they lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3. The ballpark was home to the New York Mets until September 28, 2008 when it was closed for good.
There were numerous events in the news including 1965 and ’66 Beatles concerts. The Rolling Stones were also given a chance to play six shows in 1989. Aside from numerous musical talents going in and out the football team, The Jets played there until they moved to Giants Stadium in 1984. The Mets were also world champions in 1969 and 1986. The Mets moved to Citi Field, where they still play now.
Shea was also involved in building the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where the New York Islanders host hockey games.