Mets Slash Ticket Prices For Opening Day

An article by posted on April 4, 2012

Mets are still trying to push ticket sales for Opening Day and are offering these new lower prices via email to some potential ticket buyers.

Metropolitan Box was $175. Now $169.

Field Box Silver was $175. Now $153.

Baseline Silver was $99. Now $95.

Caesars Box was $100. Now $90.

Baseline Box was $95. Now $77.

This is all part of their new dynamic pricing which is based on supply and demand.

Via ESPN

Original Post 4/3

Mets executive vice president of business operations, Dave Howard, told the New York Post that “several thousand tickets are still available” for Opening Day against the Braves.

Howard said the Mets will need solid sales Tuesday and Wednesday and is counting on about 2,000 to 4,000 walk-ups on Thursday in order to sell out.

If the Mets fail to sell out Opening Day, it would be the first time since 1997, a span of 14 years.

Currently the cheapest available tickets for the game start at $40 and go up to near $200 for field level. The Mets are using a dynamic pricing system this season in which tickets are priced based on supply and demand.

Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog rationalizes it as follows:

I hope the Mets aren’t surprised by this. I mean, they finished fourth place each of the last three years, not to mention two collapses before that, all of which included firings and bizarre injuries. This winter, Jose Reyes left to sign with the Marlins during in an off-season where fans grew more and more dejected by talk of bankruptcy, legal battles and deepening sense of hopelessness encouraged by local media.

Howard told ESPN that at this point last year they weren’t sold out either.

“We’re optimistic. The weather is beautiful, which is a big plus and Johan (Santana) is starting, which is an enormous positive and I think fans will want to be here and I’m confident they’ll be here.”

“The play of the team is always a factor in terms of ticket sales,” Howard said as the team unveiled the new seating above the left field wall, which has been moved in almost 12 feet. “Again we present the beautiful ballpark, the market place for your friends and your family and it’s a great day of entertainment. It’s affordable. Our pricing is comparable to a movie and the play of the team on the field will just make it that much more attractive.”

What do you think? Will the Mets keep their sold-out streak alive?

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