— Days Without Shea —

http://www.loge13.com/images/Loge13ticket_092508_TG-thumb-500x375.jpgWith attendance down over eight percent this year -- and prospects for next year even worse -- the Mets have announced a new ticket plan.

Season ticket holders could see reductions of over 30 percent. Lots of other incentives as the team desperately tries to hold on to their base. usually we don't see this sort of ticket office panic until February.

Plan holders have already been contacted and the ticket folks seem to be doing all they can to accommodate our money requests for next year.

Details here and below: 

The economic forces of supply and demand will have a direct impact on New York Mets ticket prices in 2012.

Team officials have abandoned their previous pricing strategy of four color-coded ticket levels based on the attractiveness of the opponent and the date of the game in favor of what is known as "dynamic pricing."

In essence, the same seat at Citi Field could have a different price for each of the 81 home games. And for any individual game, that seat's price now can fluctuate daily, based on how much demand there is for the upcoming game.

When it becomes apparent that San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum is lining up to face Johan Santana, creating more demand, the ticket price would move upward.

Should the Philadelphia Phillies, seemingly an attractive opponent, limp into Citi Field late next season in last place with projected demand to see the game not materializing, the ticket price will be adjusted downward.

Under the old system, for instance, the Sept. 24, 2011 game against the Phillies was labeled "premium" or silver level. The price was set at the beginning of the year when tickets went on sale and was not adjustable.

"We have a sense going in that an early or a late midweek game isn't as desirable as a summer weekend game -- peak vs. off-peak, so to speak -- and the reality is as you get into the season things happen," said Dave Howard, Mets executive vice president for business operations. "Sometimes marketplaces will tell you that you probably should reduce this price even further, or you probably can raise the price here because the demand is very high because you have a key pitching matchup in a critical game. It just allows us to make real-time adjustments based on those factors."

Obviously, this allows the Mets to adjust tickets downward late in the 2012 season if the team is struggling and demand falls off. That way, fans interested in attending the game would still be enticed to buy the ticket from the Mets rather than go to the secondary marketplace such as an online ticket site -- where existing ticketholders may be dumping their tickets at prices lower than they originally paid.

According to Mets officials, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals already have used the dynamic pricing system. NBA and NHL teams also use that pricing system.

Howard said the Mets will take their cue in adjusting prices from several factors, including what tickets are selling for online from other outlets -- the so-called secondary market.

"The secondary market is pricing tickets differently and our prices have been static," Howard said. "We haven't been able to adjust them. Now we'll be able to adjust them as well. So that's one of the factors we'll look at -- to see what's going on there -- and a number of other factors. A key pitching matchup in a critical game would be a perfect example of where demand will pick up and that will be reflected in the price."

Unlike the secondary market -- where $5 might have bought you a seat for a late-season game this past year as the team struggled -- there will be a floor to the Mets' downward pricing adjustments. No one will be able to buy a single-game ticket from the team for lower than what season-ticket holders paid for a comparable seat.

"Season-ticket holders will be protected," Mets senior vice president David Newman said.

Howard said fans should respond positively to the pricing system.

"If they're more value-driven, they should be able to get more value," Howard said. "And if they're looking for a premium game, they might want to anticipate that early and get it before potentially the price rises."

Single-game tickets go on sale in March.

Howard said prices will, on average, be set lower than 2011 levels at the start, before market forces take over.

The Mets announced a reduction in season-ticket prices Tuesday, with 80 percent of the seats having been discounted at least five percent from this past season's prices.

Home attendance dropped 8.1 percent from 2010-11 at Citi Field. The team drew 2.35 million spectators, its lowest attendance since 2004.

[October 5, 2011 7:35 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

So for the past 3 Years I've been saying "They are charging us for STEAK, when all they are serving is GROUND BEFF!"

Finally they admit it.

Knowing the Mets,.this will be a disaster!

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by Kingman on September 14 at 12:35PM
As mentioned, we were at the Met game Monday night. Can't say the place was crowded. Most food stands were closed, even the bars ("They took the bar!"). I am planning to go to the last game of the year on 9/28. If this keeps up, I may get to sit in the dugout.

Here's a clip of the stadium, circa 4th inning.

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Earlier this week, we acknowledged the 35th anniversary of Jethro Tull's epic performance at our beloved Shea Stadium.

Turns out, Loge13 regular Paul was there. Not only that but he saved the stub as well. Here 'tis:


Looks like you had a field box seat. And check out that price. $10 hardly covers the service charges nowadays.

It is very cool that you saved the stub all these years. Thanks for sharing!

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To recap the week:

- Monday night, it rained. Sandy Alderson actually went on the field before game time and sought to have the game called. No dice. The Mets lost to the Marlins.

- Tuesday night, it didn't rain. The Mets called the game at 5:30 and gave ticket holders a rain check for a rescheduled game on July 18.

- Wednesday. It rained. Alot. All day. And so the Mets played the Nationals, often in a driving rainstorm as puddles collected on the pitcher's mound and in the outfield. The Mets won 3-0 thanks to a great pitching performance by Jon Niese.

But few fans showed up, including us Loge13 whimps, who preferred to stay indoors when the forecast called for several inches of rain and severe flooding.

The Mets decided to recognize the weather by offering an extra game to fans holding tickets - used or unused - for May 18th.

Problem is, the tickets they are offering are for Monday, May 30th, Memorial Day night, vs the Pirates. Anyone who bought the 15-game plan, which included the 5/18 Mets-Nats game, already has the 5/30 game as part of their ticket plan.


[May 20, 2011 6:45 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

This is one of the reasons why it just "Does Not Pay" to be any type of plan holder any more. Seems this organisation sticks it to you time and time again.
You guys show faith, lay out a good deal of money, well in advance, only to be taken advantage of.
As long as this ownership is in control, the faithful fans will be at their mercy.
One thing is for sure this year at $iti Field, The plan holders are ALL stuck with tickets to "MEANINGLESS GAMES"!

[May 20, 2011 12:01 PM]  |  link  |  reply
kingman said

I know a full season ticket holder who has been invited to take batting practice with the Mets. Not watch batting practice...TAKE batting practice. By September, some fans may even get to play second base as part of their plan.

[May 20, 2011 12:44 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Mike said

there are plenty of things to blame the mets for but can't blame them for the weather. it was a played game and they are giving tickets to an extra game, pretty good deal if you ask me.

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by Kingman on April 13 at 6:31PM
They say you can't get blood from a stone.

But apparently you can get Met tickets for blood.

A co-worker just told me she got a call from NYC blood bank today. She was asked to donate platelets. And as incentive, if she came in during the next month, she would receive two free Mets tickets!

Has anyone else heard of this? I knew the Wilpons were bleeding money but this is ridiculous!

[April 13, 2011 7:04 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

Nothing new - I remember getting tickets for donating blood during the last season at Shea, when sales were considered good.

[April 13, 2011 7:17 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Evaristo said

The Mets do this every year even since the Shea Days...... they do an annual blood drive in front of the stadium and in return the donors get two tickets to select games

[April 13, 2011 10:10 PM]  |  link  |  reply
kingman said

Thanks. I will report back to my co-worker, who is, of course, a Yankee fan and may have been just trying to get my blood boiling.

[April 20, 2011 11:57 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Chris said

A buddy of mine received 2 free tickets last year for donating blood we sat 3 rows from the field in section 128.

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