Yesterday, word got out that the Mets had started polling fans about the idea of a “designated quiet-seating section” in Citi Field. The ‘quiet’ section would have lower volume PA announcements, and no music or cheerleading. 11-year-old Mets fans were perturbed: “It would be boring,” fifth-grader Josh Arellano told the Post. “How can you root for your team if there is no cheering?” The report was largely mocked as unfeasible—but today, the team revealed the real impetus behind the idea: the help out autistic kids.
Dave Howard, the Met’s vice president of business operations, told the Daily News that the team got the idea after hosting autistic children and their families at Citi Field on May 6, the Mets’ 10th annual Autism Awareness Day: “We want to make opportunities to attend games at Citi Field available to people who have personal issues and conditions that we can accommodate,” he told them. In addition to families with autistic children, the Mets wanted to see if other people—such as senior citizens and people with hearing aids—would be interested in such a section.
Still, it is hard to imagine how this could work in reality, unless it was an indoor seating area. WFAN-AM morning host Craig Carton praised the Mets for the effort, but pointed out the difficulties of setting it up: “Let’s be honest about one thing: If you’re in the quiet section and I’m over here in the not-quiet section, you’re hearing everything I’m saying,” he said.