​Mets Quiet Section For Children With Autism

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June 16, 2012

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A new proposal at Citi Field would create a Mets “quiet” section for children with autism, who process sounds differently from other kids and can find loud noises painful and disorienting.

Club officials began thinking about designating a quiet section 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,” said Dave Howard, the team’s vice president of business operations.

The mean report was sparked by a questionnaire sent this week to about a thousand Mets fans about music, the scoreboard and other parts of the Citi Field experience.

“The Mets are considering adding a designated ‘quiet’ seating section with lower-volume PA announcements and no music or cheerleading,” the questionnaire asked.

“How likely would you be to purchase tickets in that section?”

The team figured, according to Howard, that if families with autistic children were interested in the quiet section, others who are turned off by loud music and announcements, including senior citizens and people who require hearing aids, might be, too.

Howard said the team is still reviewing the results of its survey and has not yet made a decision on the “quiet” section.