In ticket price news, the New York Mets announced that prices will increase for next season by approx. 20%. The reason? The Mets new ballpark slated to open in ’09 and higher team payroll, team officials say. As reported by Newsday:
"It's the team, primarily," [Dave Howard, the team's executive vice president of business operations] said, "but we certainly think that Citi Field in 2009, that has been a factor that has generated a lot of additional season-ticket prices."
Howard acknowledged that the Mets were "a little bit on the aggressive side" with their pricing for 2008. He continued: "Even after this ticket-price increase, we still have the lowest median ticket price of all the major sports teams in New York. We think it's a fair and reasonable price relative to the value of the ticket."
About 750,000 tickets for 36 games of the Mets' 2008 home schedule -- about 16 percent of the overall ticket inventory -- will be priced $10 and under, Howard said.
Fans counter that a number of contracts have come off of the books (Glavine, Greene, Lo Duca, and Mota), while Howard mentioned several increases (Reyes, Wright, Castillo, Castro, Anderson, and Perez), which would then make total team payroll higher than last season.
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