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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Mets come up with an Opening Day surprise for the fans, after all

Megdal’s latest…

Twitter, and even some of the more patient and good-natured Mets blogs, came alive on Monday when the team buried a bit of good news—their decision to make single-game and small ticket packs available months earlier than in previous seasons—beneath a massive jump in prices for Opening Day, Monday April 1 against the San Diego Padres.

Last season, $42 got you a ticket in Promenade Reserved on Opening Day, which is the fancy name for the cheap seats at Citi Field. This season, those seats are going for $63, an increase of 50 percent. Promenade Reserved Infield, $55 in 2012 for Opening Day, is $84 this season, a 53 percent jump. And even the more expensive seats increased in price, with Metropolitan Box, for instance, moving from $215 per ticket to $245.

It’s an odd decision, and one which seems to fly in the face of the basic rules of supply and demand.

For many years, Opening Day was an easy sellout for the New York Mets, the way it is for teams across Major League Baseball. Even the Marlins used to draw strong crowds on Opening Day in their old stadium.

But that was not the case in 2012, when the Mets struggled to sell out Opening Day last season at their old prices. Now, they’ll be asking fans to pay much more, but they’re doing so months earlier.

This reflects what seems to be a club policy heading into 2013, with season ticket prices going up, some plan prices increasing dramatically, and all of it tied to access to the 2013 All-Star Game. (They’re not included, of course: the perk is the right to purchase those tickets, for a lot of money.)

 

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2012 at 05:04 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The District Attorney Posted: November 20, 2012 at 05:25 PM (#4307015)
Is this gonna work? I don't feel like the All-Star Game is that big a deal.
   2. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: November 20, 2012 at 05:30 PM (#4307020)
Is this gonna work? I don't feel like the All-Star Game is that big a deal.


I don't know if it's going to work or not but I'll say this; I attended the 1999 All Star Game at Fenway and it was an amazing experience. There was a lot of star power in that game and the pregame stuff with the All Century team, particularly Williams, was a rarity but if any Met fans are debating taking a shot, I'd say go for it.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2012 at 05:38 PM (#4307037)

Is this gonna work? I don't feel like the All-Star Game is that big a deal.


I don't know if it will be a big deal in NY, but in KC single tickets were going for $400-500 for the game. I went to the Futures Game/Celeb game (which is waaaaay cheaper), but passed up the ASG, and I really regret passing it up.
   4. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 20, 2012 at 05:44 PM (#4307045)
The All-Star Fan Fest thing at the Pittsburgh convention center that accompanied the All-Star Game was pretty great. Massive section of vendors selling overpriced antiques, a minor league section where you could buy a hat of just about any minor-league team (albeit mostly in sizes too small for my head), traveling HoF exhibit, etc.

I hope this is held within walking distance of Cityfield.
   5. The District Attorney Posted: November 20, 2012 at 06:10 PM (#4307072)
Right, the game itself is fun, but I mean the business strategy of hiking the price for every game on the assumption that people will pay up if it means All-Star access...
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: November 20, 2012 at 06:39 PM (#4307086)
Right, the game itself is fun, but I mean the business strategy of hiking the price for every game on the assumption that people will pay up if it means All-Star access...


Maybe the price of the All-star game is mandated by the league and/or the Mets have to share ticket revenue from the game. This would be a way for the Mets to grab a slice of the actual market value of the tickets which they otherwise might not receive.
   7. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: November 20, 2012 at 06:47 PM (#4307094)
I was hoping the surprise would be rolling a giant mystery egg onto the field on opening day. What's in the egg? It could be anything! Then at the all star game it hatches open, revealing Mark Cuban holding a huge sack with a dollar sign on it.
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: November 20, 2012 at 06:51 PM (#4307099)
Would he be in the egg the whole time from April to July, or would they sneak him in the morning of the All Star game?
   9. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: November 20, 2012 at 07:14 PM (#4307123)
Of course he wouldn't be in the egg the whole time! That would be ridiculous! Hector Guerrero would be in the egg.
   10. Greg K Posted: November 20, 2012 at 07:50 PM (#4307142)
It’s an odd decision, and one which seems to fly in the face of the basic rules of supply and demand.

Aren't ticket sales for baseball games pretty much purely about the demand? There's not a lot the Mets can do about their supply of seats at this point (either by building new seating or having more regular season games at home).
   11. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: November 20, 2012 at 08:13 PM (#4307156)
Of all the New York Mets in the world, they're the New York Metsiest!
   12. spycake Posted: November 20, 2012 at 10:01 PM (#4307203)
The All-Star Fan Fest thing at the Pittsburgh convention center that accompanied the All-Star Game was pretty great. Massive section of vendors selling overpriced antiques, a minor league section where you could buy a hat of just about any minor-league team (albeit mostly in sizes too small for my head), traveling HoF exhibit, etc.

I hope this is held within walking distance of Cityfield.

Citi Field All-Star Fan Fest will be within walking distance of Citi Field. It will feature a tour of auto body shops throughout the ages. Also, vendors selling auto parts (many of which will also be too small for your head).
   13. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: November 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM (#4307235)
It’s an odd decision, and one which seems to fly in the face of the basic rules of supply and demand.


"here's the tomato surprise"

"but, there's no tomatoes"

"that's the surprise"

   14. billyshears Posted: November 21, 2012 at 12:51 AM (#4307267)
But chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said Tuesday that trades would be only a last resort, and that if deals can't be reached, he'd rather have both play out the final year of their deals. The goal remains signing both to long-term extensions.

"That's the first preference; that has been the first preference," Wilpon said. "Second preference is probably keep them and have them play out the season. Third preference would be to trade them. They're both very important to the franchise, they're both fan favorites, so we'd like to keep it that way."

http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/mets/jeff-wilpon-trading-david-wright-r-a-dickey-would-be-only-a-last-resort-1.4247750


Man, I am so sick of rooting for a team owned by morons.

   15. Dan Posted: November 21, 2012 at 02:24 AM (#4307295)
So the Mets are going to do the same thing with Dickey and Wright that they did with Reyes? Refuse to trade them, claiming they're working on extensions while never really making realistic offers, and then letting them walk for nothing but the draft pick?
   16. SM Posted: November 21, 2012 at 02:47 AM (#4307298)
Hey, if it ain't broke...
   17. Benji Posted: November 21, 2012 at 04:06 AM (#4307303)
And in Met tradition, use their pet columnists to slime them all season. This time though, they can't win over any racists like they did with Straw, Reyes and Beltran. The only silver lining is screwing over Wright and Dickey will start fan boycotts and humiliation that will finally move Selig into forcing the whole front office out. It took a while to get rid of Grant too, but we finally did.
   18. billyshears Posted: November 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM (#4307387)
So the Mets are going to do the same thing with Dickey and Wright that they did with Reyes? Refuse to trade them, claiming they're working on extensions while never really making realistic offers, and then letting them walk for nothing but the draft pick?


Yep, that sounds about right. All so the 2013 season can be just as joyous for Mets fans as the 2012 season.

Reyes was a bit of a different case because he was a significant question mark going into his walk year, so the Mets really had to start the season with him. But in Wright and Dickey, the Mets have two guys whose past performance has been, let's say, variable. But they are coming off great years at the moment, and their value is high as it can be. If the Mets don't want to sign them because their value and price are high, they're also not going to want to sign them in July if their performance tanks and their value/price decreases. If they're playing great in July, their price will be higher but their value in trade will be lower as a rental. This is the time to fish or cut bait. I have to believe Alderson & Co. know this. I also believe that the Wilpons are so stupid that they think it is some sort of fantastical noble deed keeping them in a Mets uniform for an extra meaningless year.
   19. HowardMegdal Posted: November 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM (#4307415)
Just to add to the discussion, what is so odd about the Opening Day hike is that it isn't linked to All Star Game access. It's linked to nothing.
   20. The District Attorney Posted: November 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM (#4307468)
Well, if it's linked to the right to buy the ASG tickets as the excerpt suggests, that's something. It's nothing tangible, and I wish it weren't anything at all, but in the age of Personal Seat Licenses, I suppose it has to be considered something...
   21. Nasty Nate Posted: November 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM (#4307477)
Well, if it's linked to the right to buy the ASG tickets as the excerpt suggests, that's something.


Upon re-reading the article, I don't think the opening-day price increase is tied to the chance to buy ASG tickets, although I can see why the last paragraph might be construed as saying that it does.
   22. BDC Posted: November 21, 2012 at 01:17 PM (#4307512)
in the age of Personal Seat Licenses, I suppose it has to be considered

I'm waiting for the day when I can buy an option to put down a non-refundable deposit for the chance to buy a Personal Seat License.
   23. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 21, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4307556)
Man, I am so sick of rooting for a team owned by morons.


You almost made the Angel Moroni cry.

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