New York Mets Oktoberfest
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The Mets are having their annual Oktoberfest on September 23rd. It looks like decent fun, although I’d pass on the lederhosen. If you pay attention at all, I’m almost as big a beer fan as I am a Mets fan, so things like this are right up my alley.
The Mets Oktoberfest is pretty good. The food menu features Wiener Scnitzel, Beer Braised Bratwurst & Onions, German Style Fried Potatoes, German Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Soft Pretzels and a delicious Cookie Platter for dessert. Of course, it doesn’t list the beer menu. It’d be a shame if it was just the normal stuff off the Citi Field Beer List. There needs to be at least a couple of Oktoberfests there, and a local variety like Brooklyn Brewery’s would be a great place to start. Unfortunately, I’m busy next Friday and will be unable to go. If someone is going and doesn’t mind reporting back to me, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The price for the Oktoberfest party at Citi Field is $54 to sit in the Big Apple Reserved and get a free ticket lanyard. I’m not going to quibble too much about something that includes free beer, but that’s $12 more than the Big Apple Reserved seating is for Premium games. Normally, group sales get a discount on pricing. The Social Media night the Mets held was $41 for the same seats, and including $18 of food and beverage credit.
I think the Mets could make more of this event. This is New York, and as Sandy Alderson said about our farm systemeverything should be top of the line, not middle of the pack. One example to follow might be the Houston Astros Oktoberfest. The Astros event is two hours prior to the game, whereas the Mets event starts an hour early and goes until the 7th inning and conflicts with the game. It’s a full-fledged party with polka music, folk dancers, and your own Astros beer stein! Included are 12 2oz pours of 12 different beers available; many of them Oktoberfests and pumpkin ales.
The Astros event is separate from the game, so they allow you to buy a ticket to any section. Obviously tickets in Houston are much much cheaper than tickets in New York, but they even discount them for you by about 40%. They do tack on another $20 for the Oktoberfest package, but that’s still a great deal considering it’s an admission to a two hour party and you get at least a pint and a half of beer, and your own stein. You could get all this, AND a baseball game, for as little as $27.
I’d love if the Mets followed the Astros example in 2012. I know the Bullpen Plaza isn’t big enough for a full on party, but there are other options. They could close off the Caesar’s Club for one day before the game, or block off a suitably sized section of the parking lot. Another option would be to have a Mets Oktoberfest away game viewing party. Have the event when the Mets are on the road. The Caesar’s Club certainly has enough televisions to tune to SNY. I already own a Mets beer stein purchased the conventional way, but if a 2012 design was created, I’d certainly buy another one.Follow @Ceetar
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