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Mets Introduce Dynamic Ticket Pricing For 2012 (updated)

The New York Mets announced that they will be lowering prices for most full season ticket holders today, but of more import for most us is the news that they will introduce dynamic pricing for 2012 single game tickets.

Quoting the press release (emphasis added):

The Mets will introduce dynamic pricing for 2012 single game tickets.  The face value of single game tickets will initially be offered in March 2012 at prices at or below 2011 prices.  As time progresses, those prices may be adjusted on a real-time basis, either upwards or downwards, based on market demand.  The ability for the Mets to adjust prices throughout the season will provide all fans with a variety of pricing options.

However, the Mets will not price single game tickets in Season Ticket Holder areas below the Season Ticket Holder discounted prices.

The dynamic pricing system will be powered by Qcue, Inc., which provides dynamic pricing for live entertainment and sports teams including the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals. In addition, Qcue works with clubs in the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League.

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Kids go free to Citi Field this weekend

Francisco Rodriguez will return to Citi Field this weekend for the first time since being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Parents can get up to three free tickets for children 12 and under with the purchase of a regularly-priced seat for this weekend’s games against the Milwaukee Brewers. It’s a fan-friendly move aimed at helping to fill a stadium that’s likely to be half-empty or worse, considering the team’s August slide.

Of course, if the team had been more realistic in their ticket pricing from the start, it might not be necessary to hand out freebies now. Since it’s a summer weekend, Promenade Reserved seats – the ones that always seem to be empty – are $32 and prices climb from there.To watch the game from the field level (outfield reserved seating excluded), fans are being asked to spend at least $80 per seat.

On Sunday, Lincoln is sponsoring a David Wright drawstring bag giveaway. Kids 12 and under will be able to run the bases after the game. This will be a great opportunity for families to enjoy a fun & affordable day at the ballpark and get a souvenir. Too bad the Mets don’t offer this sort of value more often.

I’m still tempted to go myself to see Francisco Rodriguez‘s return to Citi Field, but I will probably save some money and go to a Newark Bears game instead.

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Apparently lowering ticket prices means it’s ok to raise ticket fees

According to a report at Ticket News by Alfred Branch Jr., the Mets raised their convenience and processing fees this year even as they lowered some ticket prices.

Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times breaks down the fees charged by all 30 teams, and the Mets charge the second-highest price – $10.50. Only the Red Sox charge more at $11.25; the Brewers have the lowest fee – $2.50.

The Mets are the only team that charges to mail your tickets to you, though amazingly enough all 30 teams charge to print your own tickets at home. I’m still scratching my head at that one.

If you don’t want to pay the Mets’ ticket fees, my advice is to wait and get your tickets at the gameday sales window at Citi Field. The fees don’t currently apply to tickets purchased at the ballpark. Of course, who knows whether that will still be true next year?

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Deja vu is setting in

With over three weeks left before Opening Day, it’s too soon to press the panic button.

Oliver Perez (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The signs are pointing to another frustrating season in Queens, though. Oliver Perez struggled through his third mediocre spring training appearance yesterday, but it doesn’t look like the front office is ready to cut ties with him just yet.

After playing in one game this weekend as a DH, Carlos Beltran is sidelined for the rest of the week because his left knee is bothering him. (Beltran missed time last year because of his right knee, though he’s had surgery on both during his career.)

The Mets are still indicating that their All-Star outfielder will be ready to start the season, but who knows? With each setback — no matter how minor — it becomes less likely that we’ll ever see the Carlos Beltran of old again.

It feels like 2010 all over again.

To add further insult, the Mets have apparently instituted a new mailing fee on online ticket orders. It never made sense that the team mailed out ticket orders, yet charged a fee if you wanted to use the print-at-home ticket option. I just naively hoped they’d deal with it by eliminating the silly print-at-home ticket fee.

At least Jason Isringhausen is continuing to pitch well and seems to have a real shot to make the team. So there’s my spring training bright spot, I guess.

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Hardball Is Back

Hardball is BackI’m excited about Jeff Torborg, Bobby Bonilla and Eddie Murray – I think the Mets will do great things in 1992!

Well, even though it didn’t quite work out that way, that’s really what I was thinking when I got this pre-season ticket sales brochure around this time 19 years ago. (I found it when I was going through some old baseball memorabilia over the weekend.)

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