July 28th, 2016
“The combination of our increased attendance coupled with the retirement of Mike Piazza’s number brought to light the need to enhance the visibility for all of our retired numbers, which were frequently obstructed in their previous location.” – Statement from the Mets organization
Ultimately, this is a smart move. It allows for the numbers to be seen for the first time since 2011, and the Mets have used the old wall space for ad space, as Cholula Hot Sauce and M&M’s have inserted their corporate logos where the numbers used to be. Thus, this truly is a win-win.