Various reports have today’s attendance at 42,080 and are using terms like “biggest Citi Field crowd ever” and even “sold out” which Mike Francesa made a big deal out of all afternoon.
While I did get the Mets pre-game notes I have not yet received any post-game notes…that’s not a complaint, I’m just saying I don’t know first-hand if the Mets are indeed claiming either biggest or sellout…so I can’t give any meaningful opinion on what claims were made or not.
I was at the game and in my personal opinion the stadium was pretty full. Had I not heard the reports on both WFAN and WCBS I would have described it as “almost sold out.”
Here’s a photo I took with this intention of writing an “almost sold out” post. Last year’s readers know that I almjost always post crowd shots. This was taken oh say second inning or so.
It’s possible all these people went for a shake at the same time, or perhaps they were all on the same party bus that got stuck in traffic and never made it, but in my personal experience I find full rows like this to be eyecatching.
Here’s the pre-game ceremony around anthem time. Again perhaps people were stuck in traffic or just not into the ceremony or were off getting Two Boots Pizza in groups of 10 or more.
If you click on the photo above and then click on it again it will open up nice, large and clear.
The boxscore from July 2, 2011 shows an attendance of 42,042. That was a Mets-Yankees game which I was at. I have it in my mind that they sold standing room tickets that day.
Was it a sellout? I don’t know. It was a good crowd for sure and I’ll let you guys decide whatever you want from the photos.
Lots more to come from Opening Day…
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