As Opening Day gets closer, there has been alot of talk again about the last seasons of Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium. Actually, there's been more talk about the former than the latter.
But in today's Daily news, columnist Gary Myers writes a touching remembrance about Shea Stadium
. Absolutely a must-read.
Gary was at Shea before it opened. His dad drove him to the construction site and they stood on the unfinished center field. Gary also worked as a beer vendor and (dream job alert) as the guy who escorted players to the Kiner's Corner set. Nice!
At the end of the piece, Gary writes:It makes me wonder why all the nostalgia and romance surrounding this
final year of Shea and Yankee Stadiums have to be exclusive to the Bronx?
Even with Shea's smelly bathrooms, bad food, narrow corridors, outdated
amenities and impossible-to-escape parking lots, it is less a dump than
a joint with character and atmosphere.
What other stadium has been host to the Mets, Jets, Yankees, Giants, Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Pope John Paul II and four World Series? The place is a classic.
Do they really have to tear down a place like that?
Maybe for all of Shea's underappreciated glory and charm, it is
simply time to say good-bye to an old friend and hello to a new one.
We'll be saying goodbye to Shea Stadium all season long here in Loge13.com. If the Mets would let us keep our partial season plans, we'd also be saying hello to the new stadium. But alas, we can't have it all.
But that's besides the point. Well done, Gary!
I think the person you are talking to is blowing smoke up your you know what. I wouldn't put it past Lil' Jeffie Wilpon but someone with the Mets must have some business sense and tell him otherwise.
First of all, they will not be able to sell 42,500 season tickets. No way, no how.
Second, you want to have a certain amount of people NOT on full season ticket plans. How do you cultivate new fans and make your existing fans happy otherwise?
Third, The Yanks, Cubs, and Red Sox all have a good number of seats sold game-by-game and as noted, the Yanks have partial plans too. Why wouldn't the Mets?
That said, I don't blame them for putting a scare into everyone who has a partial plan. Its smart business. Some people will undoubtedly upgrade to full season plans. Anyone who doesn't is probably worried/angry right now but I suspect they will be taken care of in the end. Not even the Mets are that stupid.
I did not take that chance. I upgraded from a Sat plan last season that I started in 2006. Since I went to a bunch of games besides Saturdays (approx 20 total in 2006) anyway, it made sense to split a full season with a friend. In turn, we sell off about 1/3 of the season on Craigslist (I now have a "client list" of 3 guys who basically buy everything I have left) for face value.
I am happy that I don't have to scramble for tickets, the guys who buy from me get better tickets than what they could have gotten on their own--everybody wins.
I know investing in a full season plan is a large pile of cash upfront but it is basically a no risk investment (the only game I anticipate getting stuck with is the upcoming midweek April afternoon vs Pittsburgh). I think if going to games is that important to you and you can deal with the finances of laying all that money out upfront (splitting with friends is definitely the way to go), full season is a no brainer.
Football has 10x less games per season than baseball does. Its a lot cleaner and simpler for a football team to go the all season tickets route.
If the the Yankees with all theiir corporate and bandwagon fans have plenty of seats to sell every game, so will the Mets. (The Yankees draw 4 million and still have all sorts of discounted tickets available)
The Cubs & Red Sox have lesser capacities and larger fan bases...and they sell tickets to the public. Certainly the Mets will have their fair share available to the public (and partial plans).
Unless the average ticket price at Citi Field is $10, the Mets WILL NOT be season ticket exculsive.