Mets Finances: Is It Realistic Financial Planning To Almost Always Sell Out?

Mets PoliceSenior Analyst IApril 2, 2009

On Sunday I read some comments from David Howard, VP of business operations with the Mets, which got me wondering.

Howard said the Mets’ finances make sense if Citi draws 3.2 million to 3.3 million, “which will be better than what we averaged year in and year out at Shea.”
“We had a design and qualitative objective that had to make financial sense, and it does,” he said. “And if we sell a lot of tickets, it’ll make a lot of financial sense.”
To draw more than three million will mean selling out almost every game, unless the team augments those who pay for seats by selling 3,000 to 4,000 standing-room spots, which Howard said there was room to do in the wide concourses.

That first sentence worries me.  The plan is to draw 3.2 million every year?  That's a tall tale, no?  They'll do it with a new park, they'll do it when they win, but what if they lose 100 games in 2016?  Hopefully they'll just win and draw 3.2 million every year.