Yesterday, I attempted to take advantage of one of the Mets’ single game pre-sale opportunities to buy tickets for Opening Day and Banner Day. It took about ten minutes to get out of the “virtual waiting room” in the morning. (I checked back later in the day with no wait.)
For Opening Day, I was offered a choice of Promenade Reserved, Promenade Outfield, and tickets that cost more than I was even willing to consider. So I picked Promenade Reserved and was offered Section 528 for $50 per seat plus a $7 fee per ticket. I wasn’t thrilled, but Banner Day had to be cheaper, right?
For the May 27th game, there was a larger selection of seating categories. I picked Promenade Box, but could have chosen Promenade Reserved, Promenade Infield, Pepsi Porch or Left Field Landing for the same price – $40 per seat plus a $6 fee per ticket.
To go to two baseball games and sit in the upper deck, it would cost $103 per seat plus a $6 per order fee!
Let’s put that in perspective. Last year, I spent $123 for a Promenade Infield seat for Opening Day and five other games through a flex plan promotion. (The Mets did not charge any per ticket or per order fees.)
I ended up not placing the order.
Yesterday evening, I decided to take a better look at the six game marquee flex packs being offered this year – maybe they’re a better value. I was able to put one together with Opening Day, Banner Day, three early-season weekend games and a game from Jose Reyes’ first series back at Citi Field for $128 per Promenade Reserve seat (I was offered Section 519.) Not too bad, right?
Well, not quite. That $128 price doesn’t include the fees. Add in a $2.50 per ticket fee, and that raises the price to $143. But we’re not done yet – there’s also a $20 “order processing” fee! At least that includes mailing costs….
I’m not loving the cost of watching Mets’ baseball in 2012.
In other news, Major League Baseball and the players’ union are working out the details to expand the playoffs by adding a second wild card team in each league beginning this season. If it’s going to happen, we should hear about it soon. Since we can’t do away with the wild card entirely, I’m in favor of the new system to make it tougher for non-division winners to advance in the playoffs. And the sooner it’s put into place, the sooner the Mets can hope to cling to the edges of the playoff race. (Just how bad will a team have to be before they admit they’re out of the race when it will be technically possible for a third-place finisher to go to the playoffs?)
And just for laughs, here’s a link to a MetsBlog video of Mets reliever Tim Byrdak doing his Hulk Hogan impersonation earlier this week. It’s the most entertaining thing I’ve seen from spring training camp in Port St. Lucie so far this year, and I can’t believe I didn’t point it out before (even though I’m sure all the Mets fans who stop here have seen it already.)