FLUSHING, N.Y., September 13, 2023 – The New York Mets will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night presented by Hijole! and Roberto Clemente Day on Friday, September 15 at Citi Field. Gates will open to all fans at 5:10 p.m. as the Mets take on the Cincinnati Reds at 7:10 p.m.
Earlier this year, the Amazin’ Mets Foundation funded a $30,000 grant to Thrive Collective, a New York based non-profit whose mission is to create hope and opportunity through arts, sports and mentoring in and around public schools. Thrive’s core programs – Murals, Music, Media, Mentors and Sports – connect artists, youth workers and volunteers with local schools as teaching artists, art directors, coaches and mentors. The Mets are excited to collaborate with Thrive and host artist Maria “Toofly” Castillo to create a public arts mural with our fans at Citi Field. Castillo was raised in Corona, Queens after arriving with her family from Ecuador and she is honored to be returning to Queens for this special fan engagement.
As part of the Mets Community Hero Program, the Mets will recognize staff from the Tacombi Foundation during a special pregame ceremony as the night’s Community Hero. The Tacombi Foundation distributes wholesome Mexican meals through their Community Kitchen Program and has distributed over 800,000 meals to people in need since 2020. They work with over 40 community partners to provide more than 9,000 meals every week. To support their efforts, the Amazin’ Mets Foundation has also awarded them a $25,000 grant.
Prior to the start of the game, there will be a Latinos in Sports panel with industry professionals from the Mets, MLB, NBA, and NFL, who will be speaking to students about sports and the remarkable contributions of Latinos in the sports world. Additionally, there will be a Mariachi performance by J. Arturo Torres on Mets Plaza before the game.
Citi Field will feature two local Queens small businesses throughout Hispanic Heritage Month with menu items from Arepa Lady and Casa Adela.
The National Anthem will be performed by trumpeter, Luis Ramirez. Ramirez is the founder and director of A Latin Movement, a band that brings cultures and musical styles together and features some of New York City’s renowned Latin and Jazz musicians.
Fans can purchase tickets to this game and all 2023 Mets home games at the Citi Field box office, by visiting Mets.com/Tickets or calling 718-507-TIXX.