Mets Offer Fans Overnight Citi Field Stay as Part of 'Bobby Bonilla Day' Promotion

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 1, 2021

PITTSBURGH, PA - CIRCA 1994:  Bobby Bonilla of the New York Mets takes a practice swing as he waits on deck to bat against the Pittsburgh Pirates during a Major League Baseball game at Three Rivers Stadium in circa 1994  in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets are leaning into Bobby Bonilla Day. 

The former Mets slugger announced on Thursday a partnership between the organization and Airbnb that will allow fans to register to stay overnight at Citi Field in one of the stadium's suites:

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This <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BobbyBonillaDay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BobbyBonillaDay</a>, Bobby is heading to the plate to host an <a href="https://twitter.com/Airbnb?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Airbnb</a> stay at <a href="https://twitter.com/CitiField?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CitiField</a>, in the ultimate Mets overnight experience. Starting on July 8 at noon, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mets?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Mets</a> fans can request to book one night at Citi Field on July 28. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LGM?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LGM</a><br><br>⚾️👉 <a href="https://t.co/mX83DzGsBt">https://t.co/mX83DzGsBt</a> <a href="https://t.co/O5hWqr1kz3">pic.twitter.com/O5hWqr1kz3</a>

If you aren't familiar with Bobby Bonilla Day, every July 1 the Mets pay the six-time All-Star $1.1 million and will continue doing so until 2035. 


Per Dan Mullen of ESPN, "In 2000, the Mets agreed to buy out the remaining $5.9 million on Bonilla's contract. However, instead of paying Bonilla the $5.9 million at the time, the Mets agreed to make annual payments of nearly $1.2 million for 25 years starting July 1, 2011, including a negotiated 8 percent interest.

"At the time, Mets ownership was invested in a Bernie Madoff account that promised double-digit returns, and the Mets were poised to make a significant profit if the Madoff account delivered -- but that did not work out."

After years of being mocked for the questionable financial decision, the team is finally embracing Bobby Bonilla Day. Just like Bonilla has been doing for the past decade. 

"People forget my birthday, but no one forgets July 1. I get more texts and calls that day than any other during the year," Bonilla told USA Today.