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Mets celebrate 50th anniversary with $2.50 tickets


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Citi Field

For about the price of a ride on the 7 train, Mets fans can head to Citi Field to watch the Mets take on the Washington Nationals on Wednesday afternoon.

The Mets are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their inaugural game on April 11 with 1962 ticket prices. Tickets in Citi Field’s Promenade Reserve cost just $2.50 for the matinee.

On April 11, 1962 the Mets’ Roger Craig faced off against Larry Jackson of the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in the team’s first game with New York losing 11-4.

Though the prices are the same, the outcomes have been very different for the 50th anniversary edition of the team. While the 1962 Mets opened the season with nine losses, this year’s team has sped out of the box with three wins over their rival, the Atlanta Braves.

During the Mets inaugural season reserved tickets at the Polo Grounds, the team’s home during their first two seasons, were $2.50 — which after inflation comes to about $19 in present day dollars.

Wednesday’s tickets may be $2.50, but the pitching match-up is priceless. Mets ace Johan Santana is set to face Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg. Though each pitcher is coming off a lost 2011 season — Santana missed the whole season, while Strasburg returned in September — they opened the season pitching to their reputation as aces. Strasburg tossed seven innings of one-run ball, while Santana held the Braves scoreless over five.

Fans can purchase tickets online at Mets.com/MetsBirthday or at the Citi Field ticket windows next to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are going fast, more than three tickets are not available together in the $2.50 section.

 

Mets’ Opening Day not sold out two days before game


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Two days before the season’s first pitch, scores of tickets remain available for Opening Day at Citi Field.

Ticket sales have declined each year since Citi Field opened in 2009, but Opening Day was usually a no doubt sell out, with each season’s opener drawing more than 41,000 fans.

Perennial cellar dwellers, Pittsburgh and Kansas City, have already sold out their home opener.

Many factors were working in the Mets favor for an Opening Day sell out: nice weather, a ceremony honoring a Mets legend, the return of their ace and facing a bitter rival. But it seems hope has not sprung eternal for fans.

Fans can still purchase tickets for the Thursday, April 5 match-up with the Atlanta Braves in popular ballpark locales such as the Big Apple Reserved, and up to 12 tickets are still available together in the upper deck’s Promenade Reserved.  Four tickets are still available together in sections ranging from $40-215.

The season’s first game will feature a pre-game ceremony honoring the life and career of Gary Carter who passed away in February after a 10-month battle with brain cancer. The contest will also mark the return to the mound for Johan Santana. The Mets’ ace missed all of last season following shoulder surgery.

The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 56.

The last time the Mets did not sell out a home opener was in 1997 when the game took place a day late following a rain out.

To purchase tickets fans can visit www.mets.com/tickets