Earlier today I started working on an ebook (more on that to come) and I went searching through the MP archives for some memory refresher and I stumbled across this one from April 2009! The formatting is a little screwy because the site was on a different system back then….but for a dopey blog sometimes I make some good points. Again, April 2009…
On Sunday I read some comments from David Howard, VP of business operations with the Mets, which got me wondering.
Howard said the Mets finances make sense if Citi draws 3.2 million to 3.3 million, which will be better than what we averaged year in and year out at Shea.
We had a design and qualitative objective that had to make financial sense, and it does, he said. And if we sell a lot of tickets, it’ll make a lot of financial sense.
To draw more than three million will mean selling out almost every game, unless the team augments those who pay for seats by selling 3,000 to 4,000 standing-room spots, which Howard said there was room to do in the wide concourses.
That first sentence worries me. The plan is to draw 3.2 million every year? That’s a tall tale, no? They’ll do it with a new park, they’ll do it when they win, but what if they lose 100 games in 2016? Hopefully they’ll just win and draw 3.2 million every year.
Wow. The Mets have reportedly only drawn 3.2 million three times (2006-2008) and were just shy of that mark in 2010.
Now that we’ve all been to Citi Field can you imagine 4,000 people standing?
So in 2009 even a dopey blogger was wondering about the financial plans. Hmmm.
Here’s the original Times article.