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March 10, 2009

Mets fans heading for the cheap seats, too

The "pre-sales" for New York Mets tickets began today, and what's available to pre-sell gives a glimpse into the shape of the collapsing sports bubble. As I report on the Village Voice blog:

Flushing nights in April and May providing a good imitation of the South Col, let's try for a Sunday afternoon game against the Nationals, a Bronze selection. Promenade Boxes, the new term for the front of the upper deck, are only $28 — but they're sold out. As are the $20 Promenade Reserved Infield seats. A handful of $15 tickets are available, if you don't mind sitting in the last section of the outfield upper deck, seats so bad they didn't even exist at Shea.
Other Saturday and Sunday games produce the same message for almost all tickets under $30: "Unable to secure seats in this Price Level." You can, however, get tickets in the Caesar's Club Platinum section in the second deck — for only $140 a pop.

One possibility that occurred to me after posting the Voice article: In addition to Mets fans all scurrying for the cheap seats, it could well be that professional scalpers are focusing their energies there, figuring that the profit margin on reselling $140 seats is going to be pretty slim, in this economy or any other. Either way, it's going to be very interesting to see how the Mets respond if, say, Citi Field is one-third empty for its second game ever, and it's the bottom third — which looks more possible than anyone could have imagined last fall.


If I know sports fans, most are planning on jumping seats, so the bottom third will be full regardless how much the tickets sold for. And if anyone stops them, they'll be no-shows ... especially considering these are fans accustomed to the close-in seats ... they won't like the cheap seats.

Posted by noProFan on March 11, 2009 06:03 PM

If other modern stadiums I've been to are any guide, there will be no easy route from the cheap seats to the expensive ones — to sneak down you'll need rappelling gear.

Posted by Neil on March 11, 2009 11:54 PM

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