Via the Daily News -
Mark calendars for the grand openings: The Yankees and Mets will inaugurate their new stadiums just two days apart next spring.
The Mets will play their first game at Citi Field on Tuesday, April 14, against the San Diego Padres, according to Major League Baseball’s draft preliminary schedule for 2009. The new Yankee Stadium will open on April 16 with a game against the Cleveland Indians.
Details of next year’s openers were disclosed to The Associated Press on Thursday by baseball officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the teams nor the commissioner’s office have made any announcements.
The Yankees may have one or two exhibition games at their new $1.3 billion ballpark before the official opener. The Mets also may schedule exhibition games at $800 million Citi Field but have not made any decisions yet.
Maybe I’m being a baby about this, but, I truly hope that the Yankees don’t have any exhibition games in the new place before the Opener. Yes, I know other teams have done it. But, to me, it just takes away from the “first game” experience. The people who go to the game on Opening Day 2009 should be the people who get to see the inside of the Stadium, during a game, for the first time. But, then again, that’s just me.