The Mets sent out a promotional e-mail yesterday for the 2008 seven pack ticket plans. The note contained this little nugget:
Season Tickets, Ticket Plans and Packs are your ONLY guaranteed way to purchase tickets to Opening Day, all three Subway Series dates and the final regular season game at Shea.
Individual tickets for those games will be available through an online random drawing.
So the only way to get opening day tickets or seats to Shea’s final game is to join a lottery. The Mets are doing everything they can to maximize profits for these special games. Good for them!
Never mind that some fans who have been going to Shea opening days for decades will be completely shut out. Oops, our mistake. They are not shut out at all. They just have to buy tickets to six other games they don’t necessarily want (and possibly can’t afford) and then they are guaranteed tickets.
And when the Mets play in their new stadium with 13,000 less seats, look for more lotteries. The days of buying a ticket for or two for opening day are behind us. Hard to believe there was actually a time not too long ago when I could walk up to Shea on opening day and buy a ticket from the Met box office.