The Kingman clan and most of us in Loge13 gave up our seats for Monday night's (Memorial day) game. We also traded our 5/18 tickets for tonight's Pirates game. The Kingman patriarch and matriarch will be going as I unfortunately have a conflict and can't make it.
And I am not alone in not being alone at Citi Field. Attendance continues to wallow and will only get worse, if and when the Mets start trading off our few marquee players.
Nate Silver of the 538 political blog went out to Citi Field Saturday night
and was aghast at how empty the stadium was for a Mets/Phillies showdown on a holiday weekend. As a numbers guy, Silver let the data make his very dire point about the Mets attendance:"The Mets' attendance, through their first 25 home dates (not counting
the second game of a double-header against the Rockies, for which
separate admission was not charged), is now running 13 percent behind
last season's pace, which in turn ran 15 percent below 2009's. But the
news is a little bit worse than that still, for two reasons.
First, the downward trend appears to be accelerating. Through their
first 10 home dates, the Mets were averaging 29,281 fans, just barely
behind last season's pace. Since then, however -- despite playing most of
their home games against the Phillies, Dodgers and Giants, who are
usually good draws in New York -- attendance has averaged just 28,024,
versus 34,425 for the comparable period in 2010.
Second, this is happening despite lower ticket prices. According to
data from Team
Marketing Report, the average seat at Citi Field (combining what the
Mets define as 'regular' and 'premium' seats) sells for $61 this
season, down from $70 last year and $79 in 2009. This implies that the
Mets' ticket revenues are running about 25 percent below last season's
pace, and are barely half what they were just two years ago...
Rather than bore you with the details of a regression
analysis that I conducted, which looks at these different factors,
I'll just give you the conclusion: it suggests that the Mets are making
something like 20 or 25 percent less than they "should" be making based
on the size and wealth of the New York market, the quality of the team's
play over the near- and medium-term, and the
way that fans rate the stadium experience at Citi Field.
This isn't definitive proof of anything -- the margin of error on the
calculation is fairly high, depending on which assumptions one makes.
But it does provide further evidence that there are unexplained or
"intangible" factors driving down the Mets' attendance and revenues this
season, above and beyond the team's mediocre play."
Intangibles. I completely agree. This is more than just fans reacting to a good team playing badly. We have some good players. We also have bad ownership mocking those good players and clearly queuing up some of them for early dismissal. That same cluelessness is evident in the ticket plans and how fans have been treated by ownership. And this problem won't be fixed until new ownership is in place. Until then, enjoy the peace and quiet of Citi Field.