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Unread 07-23-2008, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Default Question for Mets fans

I'm wondering how my fellow Mets loyalists look at the team's new home, Citifield, set to open next year. Aside from the fact that many--if not most--fans seem to hate Shea, I think the real problem is yet to come...

Citifield will seat a good 15 or 20,000 fewer fans than Shea. In a city of eight million, was the anticipation of being able to claim a sellout at virtually every game really worth shutting all those additional fans out? The Dodgers left Brooklyn because they played in the smallest stadium in the league and wanted something larger. Now the Mets are moving to a much smaller stadium, and they're not being forced into it.
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Unread 07-23-2008, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I didn't like the idea at first, mostly because it seemed unnecessary, and I don't think there's anything wrong with Shea. But I gotta admit, the new field looks a lot better (from the outside, at least).

Of course, we won't really be able to answer this question until we see what the prices are like next year...
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Unread 07-23-2008, 02:12 PM
 
Location: College Point, Queens
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Baseball stadiums weren't meant to seat 55k. You need good sightlines and no one too far from the field.

That being said they know the laws of supply and demand. You make more money with fewer seats!
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Unread 07-23-2008, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Back home in Kaguawagpjpa.
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^^^ True, smaller the park, higher the price. Though, this will make for some pretty good views of the game. I actually like the fact that the seats will be angle towards the baseline. Also, when you're out on a snack run, you can still see the field when wealking towards the stands. So that is cool. I don't "hate" Shea, but it is time for the Mets to play in a ballpark that is fit for the 21st Century.
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Unread 07-23-2008, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Bay Ridge, NY
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Heh, I don't know how Shea is doing this year, as it's the last season there, but in previous seasons, it would not be uncommon to see most of the top section to be completely empty. I usually get discounted or free Mets tickets (I don't even like them) for no reason at all, and a lot of people I know have been too, but the stadium was still barren. It really doesn't need that many seats, and personally, I like the look of Citifield better. On the flip side, I really don't favor so much money going into a stadium, but I guess it needs to get upgraded sometime.
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Unread 07-23-2008, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I understand supply & demand, and also the fact that a smaller ballpark means better viewing of the game--believe me, I prefer my baseball live to televised! What bothers me is that the real impetus for Citifield wasn't improved sightlines; it was the creation of more luxury boxes. As usual, the real fan gets the short end of the stick. As it turns out, SilkCity, you were right to use the term "fit for the 21st century," where fans don't mean as much as corporate sponsors.

As to filling seats at Shea, that's never been a problem when the Mets are playing well. This year, they just aren't consistent at all. And that shows up at the gate. Take, for example, the 1986 season. A stadium seating 55,000 had a tough time doing the job!
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Unread 07-23-2008, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Back home in Kaguawagpjpa.
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If I'm not mistaking, Shea has held the NY baseball attendence for years ( I believe like over 20 something years). Even when the Mets were down, the Mets still use to draw a considerable about of fans. Of course there were the days of the late 70s and early 80s, but hell, at least it ain't the Marlins.
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Unread 07-23-2008, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Hey, you should never utter the words "Mets" and "Marlins" in the same sentence! Baseball barely means anything in Florida, as opposed to New York, where it was born. (Go ahead--look it up. That nonsense about farm boys playing ball in cornfields is a lot of rubbish. Baseball happens to be an urban game!)
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