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Mets give away 4,000 tickets to military members and their families for Tuesday’s game at Citi Field

May 2, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

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The Mets announced earlier this evening that they have donated 4,000 tickets to military members and their families for tomorrow night’s series opener against the Giants at Citi Field.

This gesture is in addition to the Mets’ current policy that allows free admission to any active service member who presents a valid military I.D.

Here’s the full text of the press release from the team:

The New York Mets today announced the team has donated 4,000 tickets to military members and their families for tomorrow’s game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field.

Working in conjunction with the USO, the Mets distributed 2,000 tickets to tomorrow’s series opening game with the defending World Series champion Giants to all five branches of the military – Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.

In addition, the first 2,000 members of the military who show a valid military I.D. at the Day of Game Ticket Sales Window at Citi Field will receive complimentary tickets for themselves and their guests. Military personnel can receive their tickets, limited to six per party, starting two hours before tomorrow’s 7:10 game.

Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Elizabeth Quiñones will sing God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch of tomorrow’s game.

Today’s donation compliments the Mets’ season-long policy of providing a complimentary ticket to any active service member who presents a valid military I.D. at the Citi Field ticket office.

I would normally say something playfully sarcastic like the Mets can’t give these seats away, but this is a classy move by the organization. I can’t wait to see the atmosphere at Citi Field tomorrow.

  1. joeflaccosunibrow - May 2, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Good news is that 4,000 seats will be filled. Bad news is that 46,000 will go unfilled.

    • kellyb9 - May 3, 2011 at 9:22 AM

      I’m a huge Phils fan, and as much as I’d love to use this as a backhanded insult to the Mets, this is really a great idea. I’m suprised teams that can’t regularly sell out don’t do this more often. As long as you get people in the door, they’ll spend money on stuff like food and beverages.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 3, 2011 at 9:35 AM

        Im not a mets fan, if anything a big mets and silly phillie hater but where do you have room to insult any other fan base? 2 WS in like 150 years and the most recorded losses in MLB history is hardly grounds to go talk sh!t junor. Bet your a eagles fan too cause they do the same thing

      • kellyb9 - May 3, 2011 at 11:14 AM

        I was actually pointing out that the comment above was basically insulting the Mets fanbase saying that 46,000 seats were going unfilled, and how I felt that it was a good idea for the Mets right now to distribute unused tickets to military personnel, but since you brought up the topic, I’m sure I’ll have a hard time getting over all those losses before I was even born… i might even lose sleep over it… who knows.

      • Utley's Hair - May 3, 2011 at 12:14 PM

        kellyb9, dirtyharry1971 is nothing but a troll, and it’s best to just ignore the jagoff or he’ll follow you around taking unprovoked shots. It does appear that he has discovered the shift button recently, so there might be some hope that he’ll grow into a civilized person—though I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it.

        But I see your point—the Mets do need some sort of good PR right about now, and what better way to accomplish some of that than to give out tickets to people who might spend money while they are there?

  2. Old Gator - May 3, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    Here’s hoping our troops get their hands on them and use them before Irving Picard demands them back.

    • paperlions - May 3, 2011 at 8:06 AM

      Are you saying the Mets are engaged in a ticket ponzi scheme, and that the tickets they are giving away are really the tickets invested in accounts of other fans and not profit tickets?

  3. BC - May 3, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    If I recall, Baltimore has done this for years. Still though, good PR and MUCH more importantly good for folks who’ve sacrificed for our country in whatever way.

  4. rateyourseats - May 3, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    This should be standard practice among most professional sports teams — all year round. If you’re one of the military members getting free tickets, we’d love to hear about your experience on RateYourSeats.com (http://www.rateyourseats.com).

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