Already, more than 50,000 tickets have been sold for the first two games of the series, scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets sales for the third game, a businessman’s special on Thursday, are approaching the same level, a team spokesman said.
The Mets come-from-behind victory Thursday night over the Cincinnati Reds—their tenth consecutive win—brought them into a first place tie with Philadelphia. As the team has heated up following a slow start, ticket sales—already bolstered by the off-season acquisition of Johan Santana—have picked up further.
The attendance during last week’s six-game home stand versus the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies averaged more than 50,000. It was the highest attendance ever for three game sets with both those clubs.
Despite the Mets’ slow start on the field, the team is on pace to break the four million mark in attendance for the first time in its history, a 40% increase from just three years ago. They have sold 3.65 million tickets thus far, up about 10 % from this time last year.
Television ratings on SportsNet New York are also up during the streak, though it’s difficult to compare a small stretch of games with the entire season. The household rating for the six games in the win streak that aired on SNY was 3.5, up from 2.8 for the previous 65 games.
The rating is expected to continue to rise as the Mets schedule is more favorable in the second half. The team is finished with its West Coast games, meaning fans won’t be asleep before the first pitch.
With the Mets set to move into Citi Field next year, the team is aggressively hawking ticket plans for the final 28 home games, promising fans priority in purchasing full season packages in the new stadium. Because Citi Field will have a capacity of only 45,000, this year could be the only time Mets attendance ever hits 4 million.