New York Mets Offering Free Tickets To Help Drum Up Sales

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Spring training starts for the New York Mets today and while the players are working out, the front office is trying to get people to come see them when the regular season comes around.

Things have gotten so bad for the New York Mets that they’re actually giving away tickets.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell has the deal

Fans who buy 5, 11, or 17-game packages are getting tickets for a bonus game, free of charge.

Sports consultant Marc Ganis admits the team is in a tough spot.

“Now I give them credit that, rather than having empty stands, they’re willing to have giveaways and give away tickets as part of packages,” says Ganis. “It’s not an act of desperation. It certainly is an act of concern.”

Attendance was down 17 percent last year.

The 5-game packages start at $99, thee 11-game packages start at $243, and the 17-game packages start at $360. Details from the Mets HERE.

While all of this is going on, the Wilpons are involved in a $300 million lawsuit involving the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

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  • Donald Trump

    Maybe I should buy the Mets.

  • aurelio salazar

    Here’s an interesting idea… how about lowering the prices of the tickets?

    • Ahmnodt Heare

      Aurelio is correct. Make tickets more affordable and without those other charges.

  • Bill

    The Mets did not advertise this as free tickets. The headline of this story is misleading. The Mets website calls it a bonus game. Bad reporting.

    • chuck

      sorry bill – thats just semantics!

  • Ivan

    The only way I go to Citi Field this year is 1) free tickets while buying none 2) the Wilpons sell the entire team….

  • michael

    6 games for 99 bucks is as close to free as you can get. i wish the yankees were 17 bux a game….

  • Tommy

    Time for the Wilpons to hit the road – sell the team and go back to real estate, hedge fund swindling, whatever

  • lahood

    i agree with joe s.

    this isn’t free. i can’t afford these ticket packages. this is a ruse. shame on the mets front office :(

  • Joe S.

    The tickets are not really free. You have to buy tickets to get the bonus tickets; so, really the money you spent on the tickets you bought is divided evenly amongst all the tickets, bonus ones included. For the tickets to truly be free, you wouldn’t have to buy anything and The Mets would just give you a ticket at no cost.

    • Glenn

      Well said.

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