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One major league team is floating the idea of a designated “quiet” area in their ballpark for individuals with autism and their families, but not everyone is on board.

The New York Mets asked their fans in an email survey this week how they would feel about a quiet section where the loudspeaker would be set to a lower volume and there would be no music or cheerleading.

Some fans initially responded by indicating that such an area would be “boring” and “just not baseball.”

Team officials later clarified that they were trying to find out if interest for a quiet area extended beyond their existing autism awareness days.

The section, planned for the second deck in left field, would be intended to accommodate individuals with autism who may be uncomfortable with the noise at a ballgame. If the Mets move forward with the plan, tickets in the quiet section would go for $20 to $78 each, reports WFAN, the CBS affiliate in New York. To read more click here.

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  1. Capobianco says:

    Thats would be great. I would love to take my son to watch a game but it is hard. Children with Autism have challenges every day and this would help a great seal.This would make it much easier. Thank you

  2. Marc Carter says:

    I think a separate section is a great idea. If this doesn’t fly I encourage parents to take their kids to minor league games. Much quieter (no booming low-bass speakers), very family oriented and everyone is friendly. The quality of play may not be the majors but you will have a great time.

    We see the Cyclones play in Coney Island, on the ocean and 1/4 mile from Nathan’s Famous. Who could ask for more?

  3. Cathy Bachant says:

    I think this is wonderful! I am a lifelong Mets fan and so is my 19 year old son, who has autism. He enjoys going to games at Citifield and while his tolerance for loud noises is good, many others with ASD are not as fortunate and therefore must forego live sporting events, plays, and the like. How forward thinking and considerate of the New York Mets to take these fans and their families into consideration. The creation of an area like this would mean alot to so many! We all want/need our children on the spectrum to socialize and be involved in their communities. This would go a long way to that end and if successful may inspire other venues to follow suit.

  4. KA101 says:

    I’m not familiar with Shea Stadium (let alone whether the Mets still play there) so I can’t really get into the details of this.

    From a general perspective, then: seems reasonable enough. Good job to the Mets and to Mr. Heasley et al.

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