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“Several thousand” tickets still available for the Mets home opener

Apr 3, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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The Mets have sold out every home opener since 1997, but they are at risk of not doing so this year. From the New York Post:

According to the team’s executive vice president of business operations, Dave Howard, “several thousand” tickets are still available for Opening Day against the Braves … For the Mets to get their sellout, Howard indicated solid sales would be needed over the next two days coupled with a Thursday walkup of anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 fans.

Howard says it’s actually the cheap seats, not the $180+ a pop premium tickets, that are selling the slowest. Seems like articles like this one being run in the Post along with a decent weather reports — it looks to be sunny but a tad cool on Thursday — will spur walkups.

In other ticket news, Buster Olney has a big breakdown of the highest and lowest ticket prices for various team’s Opening Day on the secondary market right now:

Top five teams with the lowest home average ticket price:

Brewers: $48
Pirates: $48
Royals: $48
Dodgers: $49
Reds: $54.43

Top five teams with the highest Opening Day ticket price:

Red Sox: $305.58
Yankees: $256.54
Marlins: $255.28
Cardinals: $248.68
Rangers: $237.22

That’s the top-end and low-end.  The Brewers actually surprise me. I’d figure that would be a tougher ticket, driving prices up on Stubhub or what have you.

Anyway, if you want some cheap Opening Day tickets, head to Queens. Sounds like they can be had.

  1. whipsmart21 - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Its nice to know that Dave Howard believes that 48 dollar tickets are cheap…sure it is one third the price but it is still a hell of a lot of money to watch a bad baseball team open their stadium

  2. sdelmonte - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Oh, if only I could take the day off, but it never works out for opening day. (Too close to Passover for me to spare any days off.)

    I did sort of go to one home opening day, in 1997, when the first home game was rained out on a Saturday and rescheduled into a doubleheader on Sunday. But as the next game after that was the big 50th anniversary commemoration of Jackie Robinson’s first MLB start on April 15, there were no festivities on Sunday.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Sigh. Those are awful lowest-ticket-prices. MLB games have become way too much of a luxury. I usually only go if someone hooks me up, or if it’s the end of the season, my Cubs are in the tank and I can stag $5 tickets.

  4. mybrunoblog - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Is there still a major league team that plays in Queens? I hadn’t noticed.

  5. paperlions - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Don’t fret, the Mets have several buyers interested in purchasing large blocks of tickets, but won’t announce the deals until all are completed. Rumors are that SNY will by 1/2 the tickets, with Katz and Wilpon buying most of the remaining tickets and Vinny from Queens buying two tickets.

    • Reflex - Apr 3, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      Nice. I am still holding out hope that Mets fans are as awesome as Dodgers fans turned out to be. It would be incredible to see a second owner pushed out by fans simply refusing to pay to see the team.

  6. sportsnut101 - Apr 3, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    The mets have a team this yr I didn’t even notice who would pay 180 to see this team. Unless u live in area what’s the point of traveling to qns to see them n overpay for these jokers The stadium is better then Yankee stadium but that’s all they have going for them

  7. sms675 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Perhaps the reason the “cheap” seats are selling slowly has something to do with the fact that the price of the least expensive seat is $40 for the opener. For the second game of the season, the same seat is $18. Perhaps the 122% premium for a mid-day game may have a connection to the excess supply.

  8. exhibits5 - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    remember the OK day’s when a 10 doller bill got you a ticket a program a hotdog a coca cola and a bag of peanuts

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