New York Mets
Amanda Camurati points out something exciting about the proposed "quiet section" that the New York Mets might create for autistic people and others who would prefer a somewhat less noisy experience. While the trend toward "sensory friendly" special events is wonderful, this model would help include autistic people at all games:
While many organizations have set aside specific dates and events for families, the Mets could be the first to institute a permanent section available for all games and events. That would make them a national model -- not just for sports franchises, but for other entertainment venues as well.
All children should go to a baseball game. All children should be able to see a movie. One section at one stadium won’t change the world, but it could be the spark that starts the fire.
A survey sent out yesterday by the New York Mets indicates that the team is considering adding a quiet section for autistic fans and their families:
One question read, "The Mets are considering adding a designated 'quiet' seating section with lower volume PA announcements and no music or cheerleading. How likely would you be to purchase tickets in that section?"
According to radio station WFAN, the team on Thursday said the question was prompted by suggestions from parents of autistic children, who explained that such a section would heighten their kids' enjoyment of the game.