The New York Mets rare wasting no time getting ready to sell tickets for the 2010 season. With the body of the 2009 season still warm, the Mets are taking drastic steps to insure that they sell more tickets next season. The Mets will cut full season ticket plans by 10%, and are cutting single game tickets in some sections by 20%. By far these are the most drastic ticket declines being discussed by MLB teams.
The Mets have to do something, and while their front office is quick to say that there disappointing 70-92 performance of 2009 is not the reason they are lowering the prices. Let’s face it the Mets just suffered though an ugly year in which they finished fourth in their division. While the record may not be why they are lowering prices, this team will have to perform better if the Mets want to sell more tickets in 2010.
In their first year at Citi Field the Met only attracted 3,154,262 fans to the ball park. That was only 7th best in the MLB. On average the Mets had 38,941 fans per home came. While that sounds like a lot, 7th best is not good enough for a team with a brand new ball park in the biggest city in the United States.
The worse number is the Mets only sold 92.7% of their ticket inventory, which just isn’t good enough. They are in the biggest market in the world, and have a very strong fan base, but facts are facts this was an ugly year and it seems that their fans simply were not willing to spend big money on tickets to Citi Field.