In a survey of fans, the New York Mets raised the possibility of adding a designated quiet area to the stands of Citi Field.
But the one question that virtually jumped off the e-mail was: “The Mets are considering adding a designated ‘quiet’ seating section with lower volume PA announcements and no music or cheerleading. How likely would you be to purchase tickets in that section?”
This proposed silent treatment would apply to a section in the second-deck, left-field seats that now go for between $20 and $78 a ticket, depending on the opponent.
Despite the uninformed scorn for the idea shown by the Daily News reporters, there might actually be a market for a section like this, though maybe not for an entire season. It’s not unusual for kids — particularly those in elementary school and younger — to be hypersensitive to loud and sudden noises. And if a kid isn’t a baseball fan, the sudden cheers following a big play can be startling. So there’s the basis for some sort of marketing plan for families. It’s not the sort of thing a team does when they can sell out a ballpark — and the Mets aren’t coming close to selling out Citi Field most games — but it’s not a bad marketing move.
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