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By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Ssshhhhhh! No cheering! We’re trying to watch a baseball game.
The New York Mets had their first ever no-hitter this season. The next time something exciting happens, they want to make sure fans can watch in peace and quiet.
The New York Post is reporting that the Mets are considering adding a section of the stadium for fans who want less noise. The team asked fans in an e-mail survey if they’d be interested in sitting in such a section.
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.
The Mets confirmed the team was “evaluating the concept” of a “quiet section.”
The Mets are currently 18th in all of Major League Baseball in attendance in 2012. Attendance has dropped every season since Citi Field opened in 2009. Anyone who watched Johan Santana’s no-hitter, may wonder if all of the stadium is currently a “quiet section.”
**UPDATE** The Mets told WFAN’s Boomer and Carton that the section would be aimed toward families with autistic children. The team contacted former 94WIP host Craig Carton after he was heard ranting about the prospect of the section. “If that’s the sole reason you’re considering it, well, bravo!” said Carton. “You want to allow all kids … to enjoy a baseball game. So why not just say that?” (read related story).
Are baseball games too noisy for you? Would you consider a section like this in Citizen’s Bank Park? Let us know in the comments.