Believe me, I don’t like corporate names any more than most of you do. But, it’s the way of the world. The Mets stand to make $400 million over the next 20 years with the name CitiField, which buys a lot of players and will go toward the consctruction of the new stadium.
The Mets are funding this project, which means there’s no absurd tax on the public. Given that, they deserve the right to call it whatever they want. They also have the right to build it to their specs.
I don’t have a problem with 45,000 capacity instead of 55,000. I know, I know, Game 7 was a sellout and it was electric. But, the fact is there are a far less number of games over the course of the year that aren’t sold out.
The number is about right. When you look at Baltimore and Cleveland and other new stadiums, the initial response was terrific and produced record sellouts, but eventually there was a drop off. There’s no guarantee the same won’t happen here.