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Mets expect attendance increase over 2013

Mets home attendance is expected to rise over last season, chief revenue officer Lou DePaoli said (Newsday, July 17).

Last season, the Mets drew their lowest home attendance total since 1997 at Shea Stadium, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

“Halfway through the year we have our slight uptick in attendance already,” DePaoli said. “So, now it’s a matter of what kind of hay we can make the rest of the season. … You saw some pretty nice crowds toward the end and I’m sure if the team continues to play at that level we’ll see more increased interest.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Increase in attendance equals an increase in spending on payroll, right? Or, so Sandy Alderson has repeatedly told us over the last year. So, for people who feel more money spent on talent will equal more winning, this uptick is probably good news…

That said, I wonder how this will impact Alderson’s view of the coming July 31 trade deadline… if it has an impact at all. I know him to be a pretty focused guy, always looking over the short-term yard markers and only seeing the end zone. So, my hunch is attendance figures will not alter his approach to talent on the roster, at least as it pertains to being a ‘buyer’ or ‘seller.’ On the other hand, ownership will almost certainly be enticed, and that is probably where things get most interesting for Sandy. How will he balance a salivating ownership group and fans with the realities of the market, his assets and his short- and long-term goals?




103 comments
Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

Win games. The New York fans are notorious "Front Runners."

kingman76
kingman76

Increase in attendance just means the Wilpons will be able to put more money towards paying down their debts.  Case closed.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

What do they think it'll be in September when people actually have stuff to do again.......?

Michael Herrington
Michael Herrington

Increase in attendance and revenue could increase payroll. I hope people don't think just spending more money on payroll is the answer to everything. It is not.


I would like the Mets to increase investment in their organization, not to be afraid to pick talent because of bonuses in the draft for instance. Continue to expand internationally.


owlnut
owlnut

Attendance is a tick up. Once the Mets start losing, it will drop. People want to see a good product on the field. They play poorly and fan interest drops.

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

somewhat unrelated topic, but I guess it ties into attendance in terms of who's gonna be on the team and who isn't...


im starting to come around to the "trade murphy" band wagon...I always knew proably a HUGE factor in signing Colon was to trade him, since he has ZERO place in the future of this team, so that's not an issue..he'll be gone by mid august the latest...


But if Murphy can be packaged with him to a contending team looking to make a double splash (kind of like Pitt did with us and Byrd and Buck), and is willing to trade ONE top flight, top of the line minor leaguer (say FOR EXAMPLE, a Joc Pederson on LA), then i'd do it, and call up Wilmer asap to play 2nd.

I'm usually NOT for creating holes in the field/lineup just for the sake of moving a veteran for a trade...and im DAMN SURE not for trading a home grown, all star, team leader like murph (who would probably take a bit of a discount ot re-sign here), for pieces that can't help any LATER than April of next year...

but if the right trade presents itself, and a team gets desperate, like SF did with Beltran and Wheeler, then you gotta REALLY consider trading the dude.


Of course if he's part of a bigger package to get a Stanton or a Tulo type superstar, then i'll drive him to JFK...

I'm not worried about attendance now, and neither should management/ownership...this team is right at the cusp of contending...if they can add pieces that can help now, but be a real part of the team's base going forward starting in 2015, you gotta pull the trigger.

They haven't played much in the majors, but the question is, is Wilmer Flores and a Joc Pederson-type worth Daniel Murphy? I say YES


i'll probably change my mind in a week when I see Murphy hit .400 on a hot streak and we win 6 of 7 games...

Steve Barbato
Steve Barbato

Makes a couple acquisitions at the trade dead line and call up Syndergaard and some of the young talent in the organization and we'll keep coming. "If you build it, we will come!"

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

An increase in revenue will increase team spending. Depending on how they are filling seats and at what prices, increased attendance may lead to increased spending. this is the FO trying to put a positive spin on the business side. If they keep winning at home, if they get to .500 in a league with a lot of parity, if they're exciting and we see more of the future and less of the boneheaded acquisitions and filler, the fans will be there.

robby
robby

So why are the seats always empty?  Anyone can fix figures to look good but the evidence is in the amount of people we see at the stadium.  DePaoli is just trying rev up the fans in a deceitful way.  I'm not falling for it.  Until this team starts winning and by winning I mean play meaningful games in September and eventually make the playoffs I am not going and the majority are not as well

Steven M. Harries
Steven M. Harries

Bull.


The stadium is empty.


They're dumping tickets on StubHub, giving them out to radio stations, selling them to freelance ticket sellers for $2 a pop, and donating them to charities and declaring that they're sold.


Last game I went to (the last game of the Braves series on a 2 for $28) about, half the crowd were dressed in Knicks gear.


Thanks, Wilps! Looking forward to Pepsi Can Seats in August!

PJ Windle
PJ Windle

If they stay relatively close to contention, yes, the people will come to support.

hankincolo
hankincolo

I'm guessing Huey Lewis and the riff-raff who attended 50 cent helped attendance a little. 

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

A lot of us complain about Fred and Jeffrey, but since I live near Denver now, I'm learning more about the owner of the Rockies and he is making the Wilpons look great!

It could be much worse for us. The more I learn about the Rockies owner, I almost want to give Fred a hug and apologize to him.

upstater
upstater

According to baseball.reference.com, attendance is DOWN 274 per game.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

If the Mets want an uptick in attendance they need to have a uptick bat on the roster. Sandy, are you listening?

mi
mi

@Mr. SERCH so your trading our best proven hitter who is cheap for a prospect? man sandy has you drinking the brainwash coolaid

owlnut
owlnut

They need to care about attendance because the bond for the stadium is based on fannies in the seats and concession revenue.

nwmets
nwmets

@robby Because attendance is reported as tickets sold, not people passing through the turnstiles. I'd be really curious to hear how those latter numbers compare...

owlnut
owlnut

And for bark in the park, each dog must buy.a ticket.

Steven M. Harries
Steven M. Harries

@hankincolo No, the riff raff went to Huey Lewis.


You couldn't shine 50 Cent's shoes, you racist little boy.

nwmets
nwmets

@Marc Singleton The difference is, weed is legal there -- so the pain doesn't hurt as badly.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Marc Singleton   Hey Marc, welcome to Rocky Mountain High living. I live in Arapahoe county. Marc's right, the Rockies' owner just had a meltdown last week. A fan complained about driving long distances to see his team and watching crap baseball. The owner told the fan....don't come. 

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@Marc Singleton . . .My friend, you got a Rocky Mountain high. Most of us would not want to hug or apologize to Fred or Jeff Wilpon. The owners have an agenda and having a winning team may not be in their financial interest.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@upstater . . . maybe the uptick in attendance are from the free give-a-way tickets.

Steven Molello
Steven Molello

@MetsFan1962 Sandy is a pompous guy who clearly communicates his thoughts poorly, but he's not stupid. He can't get a legit bat at $20 million a year if he has no money from Fred and Jeff. Turn your attention to the real clowns here who are the owners. Not Terry, not Sandy...

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Steven M. Harries People went to see 50 cent, they got drunk, they fought. How does racism enter into that? btw, were there any fights at the Huey concert? Just asking?
Also,  please see adjoining comment above.

buckets
buckets

You do realize 50 cent has been irrelavent for years now, right?

mets74
mets74

@Steven M. Harries He was referring to the fights in the stands during the 50 Cent concert, no racism involved in his post. 

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@hankincolo. . . Hank, there is a difference between owners. The Rockies owner may tell a fan to not come and watch a crummy team. The Wilpons wants fans to come to games and watch a crummy team. Er....before the recent team resurgence of course.A owners comparison here does not apply.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@MetsFan1962 @Marc Singleton See my comment just below, the Rockies had an awful last 4 to 6 weeks, the owner's frustration boiled over and he ticked off  a whole bunch of fans by mouthing off. 

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@Steven Molello. . .Since Sandy is the GM, he is the main focus and target for the Mets. He is a very well paid scapegoat. Don't be fooled the Wilpons are not broke. The cash spent on a good player would be offset by a rise in CitiField attendance.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@mets74 @Steven M. Harries  Thank you, I absolutely was talking about the morons fighting in the stands. 

hankincolo
hankincolo

@MetsFan1962 ...o.k. suit yourself. But can you imagine what would happen in the NY Media If Fred or Jeff blew off the fans like DICK MONFORT, just did? The Denver news media reported the story and then it died down days later.

Steven Molello
Steven Molello

@MetsFan1962 The way the Mets are discounting tix these days, you'd need 500,000 attendance uptick at an average of $40 a seat to pay a $20 million contract. 

dminches
dminches

@MetsFan1962 But that doesn't mean that Sandy has the money to spend.  He can't spend what he doesn't have.

kingman76
kingman76

@hankincolo @buckets actually him and David Wright by selling their holdings in VitaminWater earned millions - they are both set for life.

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

It made national news. ESPN radio anyway talked about it. He told that guy not to come to games and in another email to a different fan he said maybe Denvet does not deserve a team. Very stupid thing to say considering fans still buy tickets despite all the losing.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@dminches. . .What makes you think the Wilpons lack cash? ...Because they tell you so, don't be fooled.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Marc Singleton  Of course Marc as you've learned, since a LOT of  Coloradans come from someplace else, when the Cubs, Dodgers and Mets come to town, a large portion roots for them.  Does that include you? It has with me. Sadly, not often enough.

Steven Molello
Steven Molello

@MetsFan1962 @dminches That's the problem. I'm sure they're not scraping pennies together for their next meal but the problem is I haven't the first clue of what their finances are. 

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@Steven Molello. . .keep in mind that they got the rights to re-develop Willets Point that surrounds CitiField. .The City would not have selected them for this project without funds.