SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Syracuse Mets started Monday just one-half game out of first place in the International League North Division.
The team begins the last full week of the 2019 season with games at NBT Bank Stadium on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
With those four games still to play the Mets have already drawn over 300,000 fans to NBT Bank Stadium, the most in at least six seasons.
Even with the New York State Fair drawing around 100,000 people each day, the attendance at the baseball stadium has been strong.
Syracuse Mets General Manager Jason Smorol says, “You think about it, there’s a 100,000 people at The Fair, there’s 400,000 people in our County, so we’re doing just fine over here against The Fair.”
He says the biggest reason the attendance this season has been so strong is very simple.
“The Met Effect is 100% real. I have underestimated the amount of Mets fans. Every single event that we’ve ever had, from our open house to opening day to the amount of Mets fans that travel into the community,” Smorol tells NewsChannel 9.
With the playoffs a real possibility for the Mets, the organization is already in prep mode in case the season does extend beyond Labor Day.
Smorol explains, “Our season ticket holders have been allotted the right of first refusal of their seats. We are getting all the tickets systems set for additional games. Once we clinch, we would then open up ticket sales to the public. It’s staffing, it’s travel, trying to figure out how we’re going to get from our last game to wherever we’re going to go.”
The Mets finish the regular season on the road with a four-game series at Rochester.
If the team does make the playoffs, they would play the first two games of the five-game series on the road, but would be guaranteed at least one home playoff game.