Per usual in September, the Mets have been bombarding me with emails and flyers suggesting that I sign-up for a 2018 Mets ticket plan. During the last homestand, while making my way around the ballpark, two ticket reps openly walked up to me and basically pleaded with me to sign up for a plan. Obviously, I have no lack of respect for these reps that are doing their job, but I thought it’s time I address this head on.
At it’s face, buying a Mets ticket plan is a lot like Amazin’ Mets Fan Photo. It’s completely unnecessary, it’s annoying with the emails and in-person requests, and it’s more expensive, and the only real benefit of indulging in the product is to have tangible security that your memory will be in-tact.
Some skeptics still heckle me on Twitter suggesting I’m wrong about this, so here are my responses to some of the common frequently asked questions regarding Mets ticket plans.
Take a look at this years plan breakdown:
This year, I attended 28 games at Citi Field, with the expectation to attend two more in this last homestand, so I’d have attended 30 of the Mets 81 home games. I actually paid out of pocket for about 23 of them with five of those games being freebees (ClubMets, friends, Food Drive, corporate, etc). So, if I were to get a plan, I’d get the 20 game plan.
My favorite section to sit in is 308 or 329, in the Excelsior Box, with would cost anywhere between $26-80 depending on the game. On StubHub, even for the best games, these tickets are routinely available for less than $25, and in most instances (like the Friday game) I can purchase a ticket for $13, far less than the $50 I would be paying up-front.
And more commonly, they are available for dirt cheap:
Even when StubHub fails (which is extremely rare), I can always use one of the Mets many buy one get one deals to drag the price down by 50%, and the only blackout restrictions for those games are Opening Day and the Subway Series.
You don’t have Guaranteed seats for games…..
Can someone tell me why I would want that? I don’t know when I’ll take a vacation in 2018, I don’t know when I’ll get ill, or have to run for a family emergency. Purchasing single game tickets guarantees that you go to games that you want to go to, not games that you feel you have an obligation to go to because you paid for it, even if you are under the weather.
Right, but what about Opening Day and the Postseason, I want those seats confirmed….
I get that, and, yes, Opening Day and the Postseason is far more complex than all the other games, so I think this is where one has to take an educated approach into their decision making. As my friend Jeremy Posner said on Twitter this morning, he would rather splurge on Opening Day than get locked in for the entire season, and I, personally, agree. Typically, you can get into the stadium for $45 on Mets.com or the secondary market, just ten dollars more expensive then a seat in Promenade Outfield with a plan. So, it doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that it’s better to lose out on one game, but then win (price wise) on the rest of them than the other way around.
You didn’t mention the Postseason!
True, that is the one place where plans come in handy. Still, I think that with the allure of the Mets postseason less exciting as it was two years ago, I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s smarter to lock into a plan than playing it day by day. That being said, if the Mets were a winning ball club, I might have more reason to consider a plan….
If I went Single Game, I’d lose my perks….
I do understand this, even if it sounds deranged. I have relatives that hold on to credit cards that are counterintuitive to their financial life only so they can have a card that shows they were members “Since 1992”. So, while it’s completely meaningless to me, I do understand (in the vaguest sense) holding on to a season ticket to show off your seniority as a fan.