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Mets announce exhibition game vs. Las Vegas 51s, move Army game to Queens

Fans can now get into Citi Field sooner than they thought.

84th MLB All-Star Game Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

The Mets announced two changes to the end of their spring training schedule today. First, the club will play an exhibition against its Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s, on March 30 at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Tickets will be $10 for the 11 a.m. first pitch, and proceeds will go to the Mets Foundation.

Also, New York’s scheduled exhibition match against Army on March 31 will now take place at Citi Field in Queens instead of West Point, New York. It turns out that Army’s baseball field is still snowed under and is not due to be in playable condition any time soon.

The Army news means that Mets fans can see their team play at Citi Field before the regular season opener on April 2. Even better, tickets for this game will also be $10 with proceeds going to the Mets Foundation. That’s a lot more affordable than trying to score an Opening Day ticket on the secondary market. The Army game does start at 1:10 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, but it’s usually easier to play hooky on Friday than on Monday, right?

It would have been cool to see the Mets play in a college park that they don’t normally frequent, but at least Citi Field is now opening three days before we thought it would. After their game with the Black Knights, the Mets have two days off before their Opening Day tilt with Atlanta.