The New York Mets sit a game under .500, and are 6 games out of first in the NL East, but their biggest losses of the season are coming at the gate.
As reported by The Biz of Baseball, the Mets have the largest attendance decline in the National League, and rank behind only the Blue Jays and Indians for the largest declines in the league. This after the Mets opened Citi Field last season with a vastly smaller seating capacity than the cavernous setting of Shea Stadium. Over 21 games, the Mets are averaging 31,891, or 75.9 percent of capacity.
The Mets, sensing revenue losses, are offering “free tickets for this weekend's series against the Yankees to a ‘select’ number of former season-ticket holders, Mets executive vice president of baseball operations Dave Howard said,” according to Ken Davidoff of Newsday.
Howard declined to elaborate on the specific number, saying it is a "limited" number for each of the three games - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
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