Will some one please tell Mr. Met to keep it down please.
If you are one of those New York Mets fans who go to Citi Field to contemplate the game— and are even annoyed by the cricket sounds that seem to emanate from the stands by the seventh-inning stretch— you'll be happy to know the team is quietly floating plans for a "designated quiet-seating section" at the ballpark.
The team e-mailed a survey to fans on Wednesday, asking about their experiences at the ballpark— including questions about the scoreboard, between-innings entertainment, music and even interactions with Mr. Met.
There was one question that stuck out in the e-mail and it was: "The Mets are considering adding a designated 'quiet' seating section with lower PA announcement volumes and no music and cheerleading. How likely would you be to purchase tickets in that section?"
The "quiet" section, hopefully to team's fans, wouldn't include the Mets batting lineup but would be confined to a section in the second-deck left field seats and go for between $20-$78 a ticket— depending on the opponent. Yoga mats are not included.
The Mets confirmed the team was "evaluating the concept' of a quiet section.
In some ways— in the city where the mayor plans on making 32-ounce Big Gulps illegal— it does fit in with the nanny-state frame-of-mind taking over New York City but, in reality, going to a ballgame has become an assault on the senses.
Between the announcers, pyrotechnics, and music pumped up to 11 bombarding the crowd— a quieter section at the ballpark might be nice. I'm just wondering how they would isolate this area— a giant bubble...no alcohol?
It's kind of funny the Mets would initiate the concept because— after three consecutive losing seasons— the sound effects usually keep fans awake.
Heading into yesterday's game, the Mets have averaged 27,458 tickets sold per home game while their cross-town rivals, New York Yankees, average 45,170 and still complain (blame StubHub).
No word on if the "quiet" section will be open to new Mets' partner Bill Maher.