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Friday, June 14, 2024

Mets Offering $25K Seats at Members-Only Speakeasy

  • The New York Mets are adding an exclusive speakeasy club in Citi Field's right field.
  • Front row seats at the club cost $25,000.
A general view of Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.
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Baseball’s most expensive team is now offering what might be the league’s most expensive seats.

The New York Mets are opening a membership-only speakeasy behind the right-field fence at Citi Field — and a front-row seat at the establishment costs a cool $24,999.

However, those are apparently sold out — the only spots currently available are in the third and fourth rows at $19,000 each.

The membership will be capped at 25-30, with members permitted to buy guest passes to the 100-seat club. The institution is called The Cadillac Club at Payson’s after the Mets’ late founding and majority owner Joan Whitney Payson, baseball’s first female owner who didn’t inherit her club. 

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The club will offer lounge seats, field views, in-seat storage, personal coolers, and flat-screen TVs. Food, wine, beer, and soft drinks come with the membership, with cocktails available for purchase.

The high-priced venue suits the Mets, who have shocked baseball with their free-spending ways. 

The team could spend over $500 million this season between a projected luxury tax payroll of $390 million and $116 million in fees toward MLB’s competitive balance fund. 

The Mets are the only team to surpass the $293 million threshold —  above which teams are charged 90% in tax from any additional spending —  nicknamed the “Cohen tax” after owner Steve Cohen.

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