Ticket-Gate: Mets VP Explains All, Opening Day Ticket Sales Are Great
The Mets fans and bloggers who think they have a God-given right to tell the Mets how to run their business are not going to like this…
From the desk of Adam Rubin:
Individual tickets for the first couple of months of the season went on sale Monday, and Mets fans on Twitter erupted in displeasure with the revelation that the lowest-priced seats for Opening Day were $63 (plus service fees).
Asked about the issue Tuesday, Mets executive vice president Dave Howard suggested that most tickets for the April 1 opener against the Padres are being held back to be sold as parts of packages. He added that the high individual-game price was designed in part to entice fans to buy multi-game packs.
“It’s a very limited amount of inventory that was made available,” Howard said. “Most of the other [Opening Day] tickets are now being reserved for those plans and the packs. What we made available for the single game at this point was just that limited amount of inventory. However, even with that limited inventory, even at that starting price point, [sales] actually went very well. It was well-received. The majority of tickets sold yesterday were for Opening Day.
“We made a before-the-holidays sale. We made a limited number available that are not in packs. So if people want a cheaper price for Opening Day, they can buy it as part of a package. Obviously, there are other games in that mix as well. But some people may think that’s a better value. That’s why that’s an option.”
Great job by the Mets to get out in front of this. Quite frankly, I wonder if all MLB fan bases complain and nit-pick as much as this one does? Any stats on that? Anybody?
Lets go back to complaining about on the filed stuff like what the heck does our outfield look like on Opening Day?
I’m sick and tired of all these contrived controversies.
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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