Good story in the NJ Star Ledger
on decrease in attendance across MLB parks, especially here in NYC.
While I agree with alot of the article, I think it misses one valuable point. Attendance is also down at Citi Field because the Mets did not target real Met fans when they sold into Citi Field. Their primary target was corporations and wealthy individuals. Real fans got secondary (or less) attention and now go to less games overall and write blogs complaining about the whole mess.
But let me stop complaining and offer a solution...
I mentioned this idea to Ron Hunt at the last game we went to. If the Mets had been serious about migrating real fans from Shea Stadium to Citi Field, they should have offered a "Partial Season Ticket Sampler." Let fans buy 15 games (or more) but switch up the seat assignments. Three games are in Pepsi Porch, Three are in Promenade, 3 in Excelsior and the rest are in those other rich sections whose names I forget since I'm not allowed in them.
This Pu-Pu Platter plan would let folks with long-term designs on rooting for the Mets get a taste of the entire new stadium and help them make plans for next year and beyond. Plus it would fill out the stadium (EX - fill the higher prices seats with Sampler fans for the Pirates and other "Value" series).
I just visited the Pepsi Porch (buying tickets outside our regular Prom Box plan) and I'd be inclined to switch out there next year. Imagine if I also had the opportunity to watch a game in other sections. I might actually buy up. But at the moment, I'm not allowed TO EVEN WALK AROUND on those other levels. Heck, I can't even buy a beer in the Promenade Box Bar on my own level, making me question why I'd even return to the same seats?
So Mets front office, get in touch with me and I'll help you execute the Pu Pu Platter ticket plan. Turn all these negatives into positives. because lets face it...if you're hoping the Mets themselves are going to attract more fans to the stadium this year (or next), then your Mr. Met foam head is screwed on way too tight.