The New York Mets put Opening Day tickets on sale this morning, and a lot of Mets fans experienced a bit of sticker shock.
As Shannon reports at Mets Police, it would cost a minimum of $63 (before fees) to go to the game on April 1st. And I’d feel like an April Fool to pay that much to watch a baseball game with a view like the one here. Decent seats – in the Promenade Infield or Promenade Box categories – cost $84 (again, before fees.)
Want to be at field level? It’s going to cost $130 to sit in the outfield, or $165 to sit in the cheapest baseline category (once again, before fees.)
Two tickets, opening day in the uppers (bot not behind home plate) $142.50
Seriously folks, think long and hard if you want to support this one. Wow.
Ownership’s instinct is clearly telling them to maximize their profits on one of three games that could be a sellout in 2013.
If they can sell all of the seats at these prices, they were right. (How often has Mets ownership been right about anything recently?)
Ten hours later, they still had tickets available in the cheapest category – no instant sellout here.
I think I’m going to skip opening day next year. If the Mets were going to put together a big, splashy off-season like they did before the 2005 season, I’d be more likely to set common sense aside – but it’s just not worth spending that much money to go to a game that I can watch on TV with a better view.
And guys, I hope that you plan to announce new contracts for David Wright and R.A. Dickey soon…
I barely realized that Tim Byrdak had landed on the disabled list last week while the Mets were playing in California, but it seems all too likely that he has thrown his last pitch of the 2012 season. He has been diagnosed with an anterior capsule tear in his left shoulder, which is the same injury that forced Johan Santana and Chris Young to have season-ending surgery in recent years.
Given Byrdak’s age, I have to wonder if he’d going to try to continue pitching or if he’ll just retire. In either event, I wish him the best.
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The Mets sent out a renewal notice to their season ticketholders and it sure looks like prices are going to go up in 2013. I’d sure like to know what the Wilpon family is thinking – the Mets have not exactly been working on a sellout streak at Citi Field.
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We should get to see the 2013 All-Star Game logo this afternoon. Hopefully whoever designed the logo for Citi Field’s inaugural season was not involved in any way.
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Oh, and I got to see the Newark Bears win a game for the first time in ages last night. (For the curious, Kansas City T-Bones’ first base coach Frank White does not travel.)
Yesterday, the New York Mets announced 15- and 20-game ticket packages for people who aren’t looking for full or half-season ticket plans.
There are four different 20-game packages; two feature weekend games, two are made of weekday games. Of the weekend plans, one has Opening Day, and the other has two Yankees games. These replace the old 15-game Saturday+, Sunday+ and Weekend+ packages.
The new 15 game plans allow you to select one of four Marquee Level games (Opening Day and the three Yankees games) and pick 14 other games of your choice. You may or may not keep the same seats for all of the games.
I like the idea that the new plans offer more fan choice, but Shannon at Mets Police did the math to show the new plans could work out to cost more money than the old ones.
I’m not really interested in making the trip from New Jersey to Queens 15 or 20 times next year, and my budget really can’t afford them anyway. (The cheapest weekend 20-game plan is $468 per seat; I have no inclination to do the math on the possible 15-game options.)
If the Mets bring back the 5 or 6 game packs that they offered this year, I’ll go for it again. If not, I’ll make a point of going to an April weekend game to see what changed at the ballpark & museum, and go to a few others somewhere along the way.
Speaking of Citi Field, the Mets shared a picture of the work on the outfield wall modifications yesterday.
One 2011 New York Mets player who won’t be back next year is Jason Pridie. The reserve outfielder signed a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics organization, according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin. Best of luck!
The New York Mets announced that they will be lowering prices for most full season ticket holders today, but of more import for most us is the news that they will introduce dynamic pricing for 2012 single game tickets.
Quoting the press release (emphasis added):
The Mets will introduce dynamic pricing for 2012 single game tickets. The face value of single game tickets will initially be offered in March 2012 at prices at or below 2011 prices. As time progresses, those prices may be adjusted on a real-time basis, either upwards or downwards, based on market demand. The ability for the Mets to adjust prices throughout the season will provide all fans with a variety of pricing options.
However, the Mets will not price single game tickets in Season Ticket Holder areas below the Season Ticket Holder discounted prices.
The dynamic pricing system will be powered by Qcue, Inc., which provides dynamic pricing for live entertainment and sports teams including the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals. In addition, Qcue works with clubs in the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League.
Parents can get up to three free tickets for children 12 and under with the purchase of a regularly-priced seat for this weekend’s games against the Milwaukee Brewers. It’s a fan-friendly move aimed at helping to fill a stadium that’s likely to be half-empty or worse, considering the team’s August slide.
Of course, if the team had been more realistic in their ticket pricing from the start, it might not be necessary to hand out freebies now. Since it’s a summer weekend, Promenade Reserved seats – the ones that always seem to be empty – are $32 and prices climb from there.To watch the game from the field level (outfield reserved seating excluded), fans are being asked to spend at least $80 per seat.
On Sunday, Lincoln is sponsoring a David Wright drawstring bag giveaway. Kids 12 and under will be able to run the bases after the game. This will be a great opportunity for families to enjoy a fun & affordable day at the ballpark and get a souvenir. Too bad the Mets don’t offer this sort of value more often.
I’m still tempted to go myself to see Francisco Rodriguez‘s return to Citi Field, but I will probably save some money and go to a Newark Bears game instead.
According to a report at Ticket News by Alfred Branch Jr., the Mets raised their convenience and processing fees this year even as they lowered some ticket prices.
Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times breaks down the fees charged by all 30 teams, and the Mets charge the second-highest price – $10.50. Only the Red Sox charge more at $11.25; the Brewers have the lowest fee – $2.50.
The Mets are the only team that charges to mail your tickets to you, though amazingly enough all 30 teams charge to print your own tickets at home. I’m still scratching my head at that one.
If you don’t want to pay the Mets’ ticket fees, my advice is to wait and get your tickets at the gameday sales window at Citi Field. The fees don’t currently apply to tickets purchased at the ballpark. Of course, who knows whether that will still be true next year?