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.