— Days Without Shea —

by Kingman on June 27 at 2:24PM

Brick_bigThe 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.


[July 1, 2007 10:50 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Steve said

I am a Sunday plan holder and heard no word of this.

I am a bit curious if anyone over here at Loge13 received one of the "fan surveys" which helped contribute to the design of the new ballpark which shall not be named?

I know several of the people who sit around me on Sundays were not asked any questions about what they would like to see in a new ballpark and it just makes me wonder if they considered any attitudes or feelings fans had of features in a new ballpark

[July 2, 2007 9:03 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman said

Nope. We always hear about these surveys but never actually recall receiving one. Perhaps they only go to full-season ticket holders.

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