It’s not going to games…
Via Forbes, earlier this week -
An internal report circulating the offices of Major League Baseball shows that thus far the Mets have sold just 600,000 tickets for the 2011 season. This implies that the team has sold less than 7,000 season tickets. In contrast, the MLB report shows that the New York Yankees have sold 3 million tickets for this season.
Opening day is still a week away. And the Mets did get 3.2 million at the gate in 2009, Citi Field’s first season. But if ticket sales collapse this year it will be very hard to get investors to believe 3 million will come through Citi Field’s turnstiles in 2012.
At this rate, the Mets are going to be lucky to draw 1.5 million this year.
Will we ever see a day, again, in Yankeeland, where the Yanks draw 1.5 million or less?
Last time that happened was 1975 – and they were playing in Shea Stadium that season. Last time it happened in the Bronx was 1973. Heck, the last time the Yankees drew less than 2.2 million over a full season was 1992.
So, what does that say about the Mets and their fans?