This year, Mets security guards have been strictly enforcing the ballpark’s longstanding smoking ban for the first time in the stadium’s 44 seasons.
It's been 13 years since the city passed the Smoke-Free Air Act, which prohibited smoking in the seating areas at stadiums. Mayor Bloomberg extended it in 2002 to include nearly every other public place. But Mets fans still dragged at will on the pedestrian ramps at the edges of Shea, and no one bothered them.
The crackdown is an effort by the Mets to prepare fans for the move to the team’s sanitized new home, Citi Field, next season where smoking will not be permitted – at all.
Mr. Met Says: No Smoking!