Mets Slash Ticket Prices, But Big Games Could Cost Fans

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — All Mets fans remember owner Fred Wilpon’s cry for “meaningful games in September.”

Well, under the team’s new ticket pricing system, that could cost them.

The Mets are cutting some ticket prices for the third straight year at Citi Field after another losing season. The team also said Tuesday it will introduce what is known as “dynamic” pricing for individual tickets – meaning the value of seats may fluctuate based on demand.

The Mets, beset by financial and attendance problems, said the cost of season tickets will be slashed by up to 39 percent. Prices were lowered by 10-20 percent after Citi Field’s first season, then by an average of 14 percent following 2010.

New York drew 2.35 million in its third season at Citi Field, down from 2.57 million last year and 3.15 million in 2009. It was the Mets’ lowest total since 2004, when they played at Shea Stadium.

For much of this year, tickets at Citi Field often sold below list price on The Mets said the “dynamic” price in areas where season tickets are sold will not be allowed to drop below the discounted price offered for season tickets at any point in the season.

The dynamic pricing system is programmed by Qcue Inc., which the Mets said already manages dynamic pricing for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants.

The Mets said the price of 80 percent of seats in season plans will be cut by at least 5 percent, including 57 percent that will be reduced by at least 10 percent. Thirty-five percent of seats will be lowered by at least 20 percent, including 18 percent that will drop by at least 30 percent. The biggest cuts are in the Ceasars Club and Promenade.

All season-ticket holders will be given access to the Caesars Club, Acela Club and Promenade Club.

In addition, the Champions Club, one level above field level, will become a members-only area where the ticket price includes food and nonalcoholic drinks – much like the Legends Suite seats at new Yankee Stadium across town.

Are you a fan of the new pricing system? Let us know in the comments below…

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  • Wall St. Protester

    Mets tickets are so expensive nowadays, the only guy that can afford them is Bernie Madoff. Of course, they would have to let him out of jail to attend a game, but that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

  • robert

    If only the Mets fans would unite for just one day – opening day – and stay away from Citi Field. Can you imagine the impact of a game being played without fans in the ballpark? Now that would be the ultimate statement of disgust towards management.

    Stay away!

  • A

    Why spend over $200 for a game where a loss is almost guaranteed. Food, seat and prices better at home. After 35 yrs there have been only a hand full of seasons worth remembering, won’t be back till I see me some winning.

  • Jones

    They aren’t siphoning my money. Especially not when I can’t smoke at Citi Field

  • ace11

    That’s great….

    My Question is…Even with the price cuts, who the hell is going to go out and watch a 75 win team the next 3 years?

    Guys like Rich Coutinho??

  • Allen - Queens NY

    VP Dave Howard keeps telling the public that Met fans are getting the best deal?
    Why is it that he never mentions the $ 11 + dollar per ticket fees? There is a credit card charge then another undetailed “charge” that appears when you go to pay for your tickets. The list of what is so truly wrong with this organization is tremendous, and I use the word organization lightly cause the Mets brass are anything but organized. Maybe you can give Mr. Sandy Alderson some money to obtain players that can help you do something you haven’t done in 5 years now? Yes it something called winning, not the Charlie Sheen version but the actual kind of winning teams like Phillie, Atlanta, even Milwaukee are doing. The Wilpons can say they own a baseball team but can’t say they are winning. Attendance is down is no surprise we are not coming cause you go to CitiField to be part of a loss. No more ticket plans for me and it kills me inside that the game of baseball that means something has been taken away from me and all of the Met fans by the Wilpons. The Wiplons are doing what is best for them not what is best for the team, the CitiField employees, or the people who pay the bills – the fans. The Wilpons poor decision making greatly impacts the financial health of the CitiField employees and no one ever talks about it.
    31 years a Met fan.

  • Ron Davis

    Stub hub will be asking for low prices after all those meaningful May games are over then the Mets be luckey to draw flys.

  • Ron Davis

    Well maybe but watching those big games on tv will not cost me what it would cost in transportation and tickets to the game still saving.

  • Gregg

    We won’t have to worry about high prices for any games over the next few years, so its not likely to matter. They stink and you can be certain the prices will be at the lowest end of the spectrum for now. There is nothing dynamic about this team, so there will be nothing dynamic about its pricing. Lets see the prices today….oh, just as low as yesterday.

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