SNY’s Gary Cohen announced during today’s Mets broadcast, that the today’s season opener was a sellout and that the 42,080 tickets sold set a new Citi Field record. The Mets’ previous high for single-game home attendance was 42,042 against the Yankees on July 2, 2011.
Despite the huge sellout, there were still plenty of empty seats to be seen, but that’s to be expected on Opening Days especially on weekdays when so many season tickeet holders (mostly corporate types) are working.
I thought the following quote in the NY Post was harsh and it rubbed me the wrong way:
The Mets avoided a humiliating, unfilled house for the first game of 2012 when the home team downed the Atlanta Braves 1-0. It wasn’t easy for the Mets to fill Citi Field today.
The team quietly bribed fans to buy seats for this afternoon, in exchange for seats to Saturday’s or Sunday’s games against the Braves. Weekend tickets for Atlanta were once hot sellers in the not-too-distant past when New York was once a consistent NL East contender.
Aggressive and creative marketing is more like it, and what a great deal for the fans. The Post must think the Mets are the only team in baseball that do all they can to market their product to help fill their seats.
It’s so hard to find objective reporting anymore. Is it any wonder why a blog like MMO is soaring while the print people are laying off writers, putting up paywalls or going out of business?
By the way, today was the Mets’ 15th consecutive Opening Day sellout. Go Mets!