The Mets had to expect some drop off from last year’s attendance. Even though the 2009 Mets were a horrible team, it was the opening season for Citi Field. The curiosity factor of the new stadium was sure to draw, and it did.
The luster of the new stadium is gone. It’s still new but not shiny and new anymore. The Mets did add some significant trimmings recognizing the history of the team. They forgot when they opened the stadium that the Mets did, indeed, exist prior to 2009. But that’s mostly fixed now.
If you’ve been to a game this season or watched on TV, you’ve noticed the abundance of empty seats. According to Fanhouse, the Mets set a new all-time low for single game attendance at Citi Field. And they’re down an average of 6,690 fans per game this year.
For those of us that have been watching the Mets for years, it doesn’t come as a surprise. Since 2006 we’ve been crushed at the end of the season… Twice. Then the 2009 Mets became unwatchable after June 1st. And the 2010 Mets continued that trend, starting the season at 4-8.
But the Mets are suddenly resurgent with a 9-1 home stand and on the way to Philly for a weekend series against the reigning National League champions. If the Mets keep moving in the right direction, we’ll be back at Citi Field in May. And if they can hold onto first place in the NL East, we’ll be there in droves.