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Loge13 pal John sent along this excellent link...

Mets season ticket holder Rob Feldman received a call from the Mets about his 2009 seating plan in Citi Field. Feldman was so shocked by the plan changes, he wrote a letter to Newsday to vent his emotions:

My Mets tickets cost more than diamonds


Rob Feldman lives in Commack.

August 23, 2008

The telephone call I had anxiously awaited finally came. I had a message on my answering machine from John, a New York Mets relocation ticket representative. He followed up with an e-mail with a link to views from the seats in the new ballpark, pricing plans and an explanation of the amenities at the different price levels.

My current seats (four of us share four inner loge box seats just to the first base side of home plate) cost us $27,000 - not a small sum. But this was a new ballpark so we were prepared to pay a little more. I discovered my seats were equivalent to the new Excelsior Club Gold seats. The price: $48,600 without parking! That's an average of $150 per seat per game.

It didn't sink in right away. I had anticipated an increase, but 80 percent? I called John back. Did I miss something? Did he forget to tell me it included a condo or a timeshare in Port St. Lucie? I repeated, "$48,600?"

"Remember, this is a brand-new stadium with terrific amenities," John said. This got me thinking. I have been to all the ballparks, many of them brand new and with terrific amenities. I was just at the new Nationals ballpark to see the Mets play there in April. My box seats between home plate and third base cost $60. I watched the Mets play the Arizona Diamondbacks in May at Chase Field - my favorite stadium - a domed gem in Phoenix. My seats cost $70 for infield box the first night and $42 for box seats just past third base the following night. The least expensive field-level seats at Citi Field will be $125 for the outfield. Seats behind home plate will cost $495.

I was astonished. I asked John what our options were as season ticket holders for 20 years. "Suppose we were to move upstairs or toward first or third base?" I asked. He explained that season ticket holders already in those seats have priority; that offerings were matched by location. The fact that the newly assigned seats were out of our price range didn't matter.

The invoice came the next day. A 10 percent ($4,860) nonrefundable deposit was due in 10 days and the balance of $43,740 would be due in November.

I did some math. On the average, I would be paying $600 per game plus parking, food and gas - OK, let's say $700 per baseball game.

Skipping one game would cover the increase in gas expenses for a year.

Two games and I could afford the annual increase in the cost of heating and cooling my house.

Three games and I could spring for a brand-new high-definition TV with surround sound and a fancy popcorn maker so I could watch the games from the comfort of my climate-controlled home, where there's never a line for the bathroom and the food is much more reasonably priced.

Forgo four games and a family could have a wonderful Caribbean or Disney vacation.

What would I be giving up? Thirteen games - one sixth of the entire schedule - played on cold, windy and often damp nights in April and early May. Imagine how I'd feel paying such big bucks to see a game like the Pirates' 13-1 drubbing of the Mets on Thursday afternoon, April 30. What? No refund?

Who will be able to buy these high-priced tickets?

We hear the new Citi Field will be fan friendly. Will the actual fans be able to afford games at Citi Field or will the attendees be guests of various corporations? With Citigroup losing billions, how long before it becomes Dubai Field?

Miniature golf, anyone?

What a fantastic letter. As for the new stadium's name, we pondered the same question last November and rallied our primitive Photoshop skills to explore the possibility...

[August 25, 2008 10:19 AM]  |  link  |  reply
mike said

Where are those DairyLee Coupons on the back of the milk cartons when you need them?

[August 25, 2008 4:55 PM]  |  link  |  reply
dyhrdmet said

can we go on strike? have the fans/ticket holders form a union, and go on strike over this? it's ridiculous. this would never fly in a smaller market.

[August 26, 2008 1:14 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Bobster said

Here's my take on it:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/32912172 @N00/2798058843/

[August 26, 2008 1:15 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Bobster said

For some reason, there's an unwanted space in the URL. You just have to take out the space and the link works:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/32912172 @N00/2798058843/

[October 2, 2008 8:25 PM]  |  link  |  reply
One Man said

The Mets will make a big mistake by doing this because I can guess that about a third or more might not be able to afford tickets anymore if to get season tickets or buy 7 tickets behind home plate

[October 7, 2008 12:41 PM]  |  link  |  reply
dmoney said

A ridiculous increase in ticket prices for a team that failed to make the post season with a stadium in Flushing. I normally go to 8 or 9 games per year..maybe one this year.

[February 4, 2009 12:54 PM]  |  link  |  reply
paul said

that's why season tickets are a waste of money. I'm only going to 2 or 3 games. That's enough for me.
it's just a game. they'll always be there. I'd rather spend $1000 on concert tickets than 2 mets games.

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