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Mets' Attendance Down 16.5% At Citi Field, Expected To Dip Further
Published September 30, 2010
|Mets Through 74 Home Dates Have
Drawn 32,651 Fans To Citi Field
The Mets have averaged 32,651 fans per game at Citi Field through 74 home dates this year, down 16.5% from 39,118 fans per game for the '09 season, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN N.Y. The decline is "likely to be greater than that by season's end, since the final-week crowds for meaningless games against the Brewers and Washington Nationals will be a further drag on this year's average." But "as poor as the attendance has been this year, it is entirely possible it will get worse" in '11, as "fan enthusiasm is low." While hiring a manager such as Wally Backman or Bobby Valentine "might provide a little buzz, fans recognize there is a limit to the impact of a manager." With the payroll commitment for next year at roughly $130M before the offseason starts, it is "likely the annual big-ticket import fans have grown accustomed to each winter ... will not be forthcoming this time to seduce potential ticket buyers." The Mets "did modestly reduce some ticket prices for this season, but a team official insisted the organization is only in the planning stages of a pricing strategy for next year" (ESPNNEWYORK.com, 9/29).