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.)
Posted: November 20, 2012 at 05:04 PM | 23 comment(s)
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