Mets Opening Day Game Brings Nearly $8 Million to New York City

It looks like baseball is doing New York City a solid.

Mayor Bill de Blasio throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Opening Day in March 2014. Elsa/Getty Images

This year’s Mets Opening Day Game has brought nearly $8 million in economic activity to New York City, according to an analysis by the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

The game, held at Citi Field in Flushing where the Mets squared off against the St. Louis Cardinals, brought 7.91 million to the city, according to the EDC, a not-for-profit corporation that works to stimulate economic growth in the five boroughs.

“The season may not be in full swing, but the economic impact of the Mets Opening Day Game has proven to be tremendous, providing one more thing for fans and Citi Field employees to cheer about,” James Patchett, EDC’s president, said in a statement.

That figure includes $4.5 million stemming from visitor spending, including ticket sales, concession and merchandise spending, as well as transportation costs.

Opening Day for the Mets also yielded $3.4 million in indirect economic impact due to the spending of Citi Field employees and companies who benefit from the increase in spending by visitors.

Last year, the city welcomed 62 million visitors—a 3.8 percent increase from the previous year, including 13.1 million international tourists, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The EDC said that competitive sports play a key role in the city’s tourism industry, with more than a dozen professional teams in the New York metro area.

Mets Opening Day Game Brings Nearly $8 Million to New York City