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The Mets’ attendance isn’t so rosy either

Jun 1, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

Empty Citi Field

We noted the Dodgers’ attendance problems a little while ago, but let’s not let the Mets off the hook either.  Nate Silver has a story about that in the New York Times with graphs and everything.  The key takeaway: you can’t simply blame the poor performance, because even if you control for that and other factors, things look bad:

First, the downward trend appears to be accelerating … Second, this is happening despite lower ticket prices … 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.

In both Los Angeles and New York it seems that fans are simply saying “hey, you know what? We don’t need to go to the games. Life goes on.”

  1. Elwood Larf - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Solution: Move the Dodgers back to New York and contract the Mets. Wouldn’t make much sense calling them the Brooklyn Dodgers if they play in Queens, but it makes more sense than Utah Jazz.

    • ThatGuy - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:14 PM

      Or the Los Angelos Lakers. Is there even A lake in LA, let alone multiple lakes…

      • spudchukar - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:49 PM

        Yes, the paucity of fresh water in So-Cal, certainly makes the ex-Minneapolis cager moniker seem silly, but no where else in Sport is misnomer the proper lexical choice to describe the team cognomen than in Salt Lake City. Yep, first thing that pops into this noggin is Bebop when the shadows of the temple wash over me.

  2. danberman4 - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    I guarantee if they start winning the fans will come. The mets could use a new owner to end this era. MLB should have let the fans invest. It would be a good PR move.

    http://pinetarandbrickbats.blogspot.com/2011/05/mets-and-fan-owners.html

  3. Jonny 5 - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    http://i53.tinypic.com/j9lis4.gif

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:57 PM

      Metaphor for Wilponian era.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:20 PM

        And Cialis.

  4. sdelmonte - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    I don’t go that often. Because I lack the time, and because my wife could care less. But I wouldn’t cut back because I don’t like the owners. It’s interesting that other people do.

  5. Phillies Homer - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    I’m sure all the Mets fans have put away their Mets hats and have started sporting their Yankees caps. I know too many New York fans that bandwagon on whichever team is doing better.

    • bennyblanco1 - Jun 1, 2011 at 2:16 PM

      Go comment on something to do with Philly.

      Only a Phillies fan feels the need to spew hate even when there team is playing well.

      • rebarratige - Jun 1, 2011 at 2:24 PM

        That is … not true. At all.

      • Phillies Homer - Jun 1, 2011 at 2:29 PM

        There’s vast topics to be commented on. I’m not going to limit myself to just Phillies topics… especially when the Mets suck! Need to get all the hate out towards the Mets b/c of all the hate received back when the Phillies sucked! It’s a vicious cycle, huh? Also, I’m pretty sure “hating” is done by more than just Phillies fans…

        Anywho, I know the people I know don’t represent most New Yorkers… but, commenting that they put on Yankees hats when the Mets aren’t doing well, isn’t really “hating”. Just stating my insight as an added explanation towards why Mets’ fans might not be filling their stadium.

      • mercyflush - Jun 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM

        right benny. Yankees and Mets fans dont make comments on anything.

      • bennyblanco1 - Jun 1, 2011 at 4:45 PM

        Obviously, we are all here to comment. Hate is where the Phils fan excels at.

  6. Reggie's Bush - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Yea ok Phillies Homer. No self respecting Mets fan (wait is that an oxymoron? Nvm lol) would be a Yankee fan… If it’s bandwagon in NY it is definitely Yankee related kind of like those 2 timing bastards who say I like all teams NY.

    They disgust me.

    Back to topic at hand, I’ve been to like 7 games this year. Ive only seen 1 win :(

    unofficial ‘Dont Trade Jose Reyes’ night is this Friday! Stay tuned.

  7. dogsweat1 - Jun 1, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Coney Island and the Brooklyn Dodgers sounds good………

  8. uuddlrlrbastart - Jun 1, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    I read (well, skimmed) the article, and while I think disagreeing with Nate Silver is a good way to be wrong about anything, I don’t understand why he would account for poor performance, but not the bump associated with a new stadium. I believe I read somewhere that most new stadiums enjoy an attendance bump for somewhere between 2 and 5 years. I would think a team that’s had losing records the first two years, is in all sorts of turmoil, signed such luminaries as Scott Hairston and Willie Harris in the offseason, is going to cut payroll next year, and is constantly talking about trading its best young players, is going to see a pretty quick drop off despite the new stadium.

    I think this must be what it’s like to be a Pirates fan.

  9. raysfan1 - Jun 2, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Still outdrawing my team by 10K/game. Thank goodness there’s still the Fish to keep our attendance numbers from being the worst in MLB.

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