DID NOT DISAPPOINT.
You know, when they said they were going to release the information on 11/26, was I the only one who assumed that meant at, say, 9 or 10am? Putting it up in the afternoon served one purpose and one purpose ONLY: to make sure that this debacle didn’t hit the media until it was done and over with.
I also am dumbfounded that I cannot purchase a 40 game plan. I do not want to sit in the left field reserved, and more importantly, I can’t afford 40 games out there. Why are there no 40 game plans in the Promenade Reserved Infield or even Promenade Reserved? Seriously, you couldn’t have figured out how to do that? I stared at the 40 game option for 10 minutes, because the dollar amounts involved were much larger than TBF and I had anticipated, even given all of our research, and couldn’t figure it out until a few seconds ago: it’s out of my budget because we budgeted 40 games based on Promenade level pricing. Even if I would sit there, we can’t put down $4k for next year.
I know that someone’s going to say “Well, people are going to pay it, they don’t have to be creative,” but I don’t think that’s true. I believe they will lose money. And the loss of goodwill cannot be quantified.
I am on a deadline so I will have to table this discussion now. More over the holiday break.
p.s. TBF finds that he is in agreement with Wallace Matthews for the first and only time in his life, with this article.
All last season, they used scare tactics on their partial-plan holders – people who weren’t part of some corrupt and tax-sheltered corporation, people who couldn’t afford to shell out for 81 games but could scrape together enough to come 15 times a year, or 20, or every weekend.
The Mets told those people, many of whom had been coming faithfully since Shea Stadium opened in 1964, that there would be no partial-plans at Citi Field, that only full season-ticket holders would be welcome in the new park.
They compounded the insult by offering “season-ticket plans,” along with the much-coveted priority status to buy tickets for 2009 at the new park, when there were fewer than 10 games to go in the season. Translation: If you had a 15 game partial plan, you were out, but if you bought a “full-season plan” for the last 10 games, you were in.
Then, economic reality slapped them in the face. The Mets missed the playoffs again. The recession apparently put a dent in their grand all-season-ticket plan for Citi Field. Suddenly, last month, the Mets told their partial-plan holders that there would be room at the inn for them after all, although they have yet to specify how many games, in which seats, at what prices.
What it has done, however, is allow them to hold on to all the money sent for playoff tickets that were never used, a sum that could be as much as $50 million. That’s a $50-million, interest-free loan, courtesy of the National Bank of You.