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As a partial plan season ticket holder, we have the option to buy seats from Shea Stadium in a pre-sale Monday, August 18.

If I had the disposable cash, I surely would partake. Alas, Kingman is one wife and three kids removed from the care-free, cash-careless Kingman of yesteryear. Instead, I will retain my savings and aspire to invest those 869 clams in a partial plan at the new stadium.

Yet here we are in mid-August and Met fans continue to be surprised by two things: 1) The Mets are in first place and 2) No one from the Mets has yet reached out to partial season ticket holders.

Some partial season ticket holders have reached out to Loge13, however, to vent their frustrations. This comment from an earlier post best sums up the frustrations and also offers some options. The possible silver lining: partial season ticket holders may be addressed in September

I have had my loge Sunday plan since 1986 and have been gradually upgraded to Section 3, where I have been for the last few years. I remember buying the plan at $13 a game and now paying 55 or more. 3 years ago when the Mets suggested that I buy a full plan to insure that I would get seats in Citifield I was skeptical. I could barely afford my 4 seats now, how can I pay for 80 games? Surely the Mets would not forget there long time subscribers and I have written those concerns to Bill Innanciello every year as I renewed my partial plan. I will not buy a full season plan and become a secondary market ticket agent for the Mets. In my last visit to the front office I was told that partial plans would be addressed in September but I have a feeling that it will be much longer than that before they let us know if they owe us any thing for our years of support. Below is an excerpt of some of my letters to the Mets.

Dear Mr. Ianniciello and Mets Front Office Staff.
Thank you for your letter dated Oct. 15. 2007 I appreciate the condolences for what was for the most part, a great season with a truly heart wrenching ending. As we come to the time of year to renew our plans. I hope your office has made a decision as to the fate of your long term partial plan holders. I wrote to you in October of 2005 and December of 2006 about this issue and have excerpted part of my letter below. As a plan holder who has been going to Sunday games for 22 years I am more distressed over the fact that I might be shut out of the new stadium more than a bad Mets Season. After all I have endured a few of them. As I told you in my previous letters, I am making a financial sacrifice to keep my Sunday plan and can not afford the time or money to purchase a full plan.
Excerpts of my Oct. 13 2005 letter: I WAS TALKING TO THE FRONT OFFICE AND I SUGGESTED THAT THE METS SHOULD HAVE AN ANNIVERSARY DATE FOR THEIR LONG TIME SUBSCRIBERS. WE SHOULD GET REWARDED FOR OUR CONTINUED COMMITMENT. I AM HOPING THAT IN THE OFF-SEASON, THE FRONT OFFICE WOULD CONSIDER SETTING UP ANNIVERSARY PLATEAUS WITH EXTRA PERKS FOR THEIR LONG TIME PARTIAL PLAN HOLDERS. YEARS FROM NOW, AFTER THE NEW STADIUM IS NOT SO NEW AND THE AMAZINS MAYBE AREN’T SO AMAZIN HOW MANY OF THOSE NEW SUBSCRIBERS WILL STILL BE THERE. TIME HAS SHOWN THAT I AND A LOT OF OTHER PART TIMERS WILL BE. PERSONALLY, I HOPE TO PASS MY SEATS AND THE SUNDAY LEGACY TO MY SON WHO JUST CAME TO HIS FIRST GAME LAST YEAR. I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR MOVE TO THE NEW STADIUM AND I AM REALLY EXCITED TO SEE IT GO UP BUT I MUST ADMIT THAT I AM A LITTLE WORRIED OVER THE FATE OF THE PARTIAL PLAN HOLDERS IN THIS PROJECT. PLEASE MR. IANNICIELLO; I BEG YOU, DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE OF ALIENATING YOUR WORKING CLASS FAN BASE. OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS I HAVE GOTTEN MY TICKETS SLOWLY UPGRADED TO LOGE SECTION 3. AS PRICES ROSE, I LIKE MANY OTHERS MADE SACRIFICES TO KEEP MY PLAN. I HOPE THAT WHEN THE TIME COMES TO ASSIGN SEATS AT THE NEW PARK THAT IT WILL BE DONE IN A FAIR AND SENSIBLE MANNER.

MESSAGE TO METS COMMUNITY OUTREACH, 8/08: Thank you for the opportunity to fill out your recent survey. I know this may have nothing to do with charity or other worthwhile causes but as a 23 year partial plan holder I am quite concerned that the Mets are pricing out their everyday working fans. It is a financial struggle to keep my current plan, but I do it out of my commitment as a lifelong Met Fan and the desire to share and pass this tradition onto my young son. It is sad that I and many other fans are being asked to purchase full season plans in order to have a seat at Citifield. As a kid I could sit upstairs for $5, I don't want to think about what my son has to pay for a cheap seat at the new stadium. We do not have corporate accounts to back us but we have been with the Mets through bad and good, I am begging the Mets not to forget the little guy, please consider affordable seating options for all and more importantly allow us to continue our partial plans, especially those of us who have shown a long time commitment to the ball club. That would be one of the greatest forms of community outreach the Mets can take! Thank you.

If the worst case scenario happens and we are shut out of CitiField I can only suggest a grassroots effort to organize Met fans affected. I envision alerting the media and showing up at Citifield with bull horns and tombstone placards with our sections and the years we have had our plans, we can march, chant and stage our own die ins, after all we will be dead in the eyes of the Mets. I am writing this so we can be prepared, alert metsgrrl, metshead, metsblog, loge 13 and all other met fan forums that if the time comes I and I hope many others will be ready to act. Until then lets hope the Mets come to their senses.

Thanks much for the thoughtful comment. I only hope the Mets come to their senses and make sure real Mets fans get relocated soon.



[August 18, 2008 12:27 PM]  |  link  |  reply
dyhrdmet said

you're right. the Mets have ignored those who made the financial sacrifices over the years to come to games every Saturday, Sunday, or whatever day they have, when it comes to CitiField seats are SOL. That's more of a commitment than I make each year to see the Mets in person, and I'd be shut out if I didn't know a full season ticket holder. But here's the problem. The partial season ticket holders are in priority behind the full season ticket holders (rightfully so, I guess), and most of full season people aren't going to be happy being forced to essentially upgrade to a lower level (as everything moves closer to the field) for "comparable seats" at a much higher cost than they pay now. I've gotten the sense that the Mets are inundated with full season holders' requests to be higher up at less expensive seats that they can't honor. If they honor that, where does that leave the common fan and the partial-season ticket holders? in the outfield beyond the wall? The mets have shown no regard to any of their fans, unless they can buy suites or club seats. just looking at the section names at Citi Field, as a working class person, i feel like i don't quite belong with those fancy names. can the fans form a union and go on strike?

[August 19, 2008 6:50 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Bobster said

Want to know how much the Mets care about their fans in 2008?

About as much as the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants cared about their fans in 1958.

It just a business, people.

[August 19, 2008 9:00 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Rickey Henderson said

So basically...if Rickey's not a season ticket holder, and only makes it out for 5-10 games a year, Rickey will be screwed when it comes to getting tickets?

Thanks Mets!

Ahhh, the perks of a new ball park.

Also a poor idea: opening up the brand new bazillion dollar stadium with a lousy Mets/Padres matchup.

[August 19, 2008 6:51 PM]  |  link  |  reply
dave said

Hey let me know if you want to set something up for mets fans against citifield/wilpons I'm there!

--Dave

[August 27, 2008 4:36 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Lisa said

Hi,
Never posted here before, but I got the long awaited phone call from the Mets yesterday. I've been a season ticket holder for 4 years with outer field level seats. I was told we were being "relocated" to the seats behind the field. The cost? Approx. 8K for the season for 2 seats. I told them that I wanted to stay in my right field seats. They said they could not accomodate me and if I wanted the seats behind the field that they would need a deposit within 10 days. I pulled a few strings and dropped a few names and was eventually told that I probably could be accomodated with my request for outerfield box seats, but I would be in the last row of that section. The cost? Approx. $12K for the season. I'm not quite sure how I want to procede. I feel as though I am being strong armed to make a decision and being forced to take seats I dont really want. This is ridiculous. From the moment I purchased my seats in 2005 I've been told repeatedly that I would have priority for CitiField and that I would be taken care of. All lies. Unfortunately, I feel as though the seats will be bought one way or another and that our complaints will go unheard.

[August 27, 2008 5:18 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman said

Bummer. Please let us know what you end up doing. It's unfortunate they are strong-arming you to make a decision.


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