The Village Voice has a good article this week on the Met’s latest epistle to its fans.
The team asked in a survey recipients if they would be interested in paying for engraved bricks with personalized messages that would be installed outside Citi Field when it opens in 2009.
The idea is not new. The Cardinals sold 18,000 commemorative bricks to fans at prices ranging from $155 to $360 when they opened their new stadium.
However, The Voice gets into the details on where this money would go.
Though the Mets are putting up the cash to pay for construction of Citi Field—except for $70 million in state money going for "infrastructure," which in this case meant the building's foundation, among other things—the stadium itself will be owned by the city of New York. So shouldn't city taxpayers get a chance to recoup some of their expenses—about $250 million in various subsidies and tax breaks, at last count—by getting a cut of the brick boodle?
Apparently not, according to the city Economic Development Corporation, which confirms that the Mets get all revenues from the new stadium, whether from selling space on bricks, on ad boards, or shaved into David Wright's scalp. (The Mets will pick up all operating costs at the new stadium, but they'll also be absolved of the $4 million a year or so they pay in rent on Shea Stadium.)
Did anyone out there get this survey? Loge13 missed it.