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Mets projecting attendance increase at Citi Field

A view from above Citi Field in Flushing,

A view from above Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Credit: AP

The Mets are hoping for a breakout season on the field -- and in attendance at Citi Field. Ticket sales suggest a rise over last year's total of 2,148,808, the first time attendance increased since the ballpark opened in 2009. The team's average of 26,528 ranked 21st out of 30 teams.

"Obviously, we're going to project for the attendance to go up again," said Lou DePaoli, Mets executive vice president and chief revenue officer. "We're still trying to wrap our hands around exactly what that could look like. Ticket sales are up 19.26 percent ahead of last year, season tickets are up 121/2 percent. What we look at it is that we're pacing in the right direction. At this time last year, we were pacing about 1 percent up and we wound up .62 percent up [from 2013].

"Obviously, people have belief in the team. The return of Matt [Harvey], a healthy David Wright, I think people want to see Juan Lagares play centerfield. Michael Cuddyer is here, Lucas Duda's starting to get a fan base, Jacob deGrom. This is a likable, followable team that we have higher expectations for on the field."

DePaoli said the team will again focus its promotions on the weekends, where ticket sales grew 3.4 percent. On April 13, the home opener against the Phillies, the Mets will unveil a new high-definition scoreboard that will be 62 percent larger than the older board. "Our goal is to sell Opening Day out again," DePaoli said. "We're significantly ahead of the Opening Day pace of a year ago."

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