- Last Updated: 7:55 AM, June 14, 2012
- Posted: 12:34 AM, June 14, 2012
Quiet please, the Mets are trying to play baseball.
The Amazin’s are silently floating plans for a “designated quiet-seating section” in Citi Field.
The team e-mailed a survey to fans yesterday, asking about their ballpark experience — including queries about the scoreboard, between-inning entertainment, music, and even interactions with Mr. Met.
But the one question that virtually jumped off the e-mail was: “The Mets are considering adding a designated ‘quiet’ seating section with lower volume PA announcements and no music or cheerleading. How likely would you be to purchase tickets in that section?”
This proposed silent treatment would apply to a section in the second-deck, left-field seats that now go for between $20 and $78 a ticket, depending on the opponent.
The Mets confirmed the team was “evaluating the concept” of a “quiet section.”
“Oh, that’s just stupid,” scoffed Mets fan Rochelle Kleinworm, a 49-year-old mom and bookkeeper from Woodmere, LI, as she shopped at the Mets Clubhouse store in Midtown.
“Going to a baseball game, you are supposed to be loud and have a lot of fun.”
Fifth-grader Josh Arellano, also shopping for Mets gear in Midtown, said the idea of a “quiet” section made no sense.
“It would be boring,” said the 11-year-old. “How can you root for your team if there is no cheering?”
Or, as Josh’s 14-year-old brother, Eric, put it: “That’s just not baseball.”
After three consecutive losing seasons, the Mets have rebounded nicely through the first third of the season.
They have a winning record and — for now — are in the thick of National League East and wild-card races.
But the Amazins’ on-field success hasn’t translated to box-office bucks.
Heading into yesterday, the Mets averaged 27,458 tickets sold per home game, ranking them 18th out of 30 MLB teams.
The Mets are far behind the Yankees, even as the Bombers openly worry about their MLB fourth-best attendance rate of 45,170 per date.
Additional reporting by Rich Calder