Does anyone else not like that both the Yankees and Mets will open their new stadiums to start the 2009 baseball season? Both teams are ready for the stadiums they'll be getting, but I think that having them both open at the same time will take a little of the luster off the whole thing.
Both the Yankees and Mets fan bases (for the most part) are entirely different people, and most middle of the road fans are not the type to regularly go to the ballpark anyway. However, when the stadiums open they'll be a lot of stuff written about them and a lot of general interest from people who are just casual or peripheral baseball fans. The fact that both stadiums open at the same time (same month obviously) in 2009 will lead to so much fanfare from both ends that the noise might drown out any side interest.
While both stadiums are looking to 2009 (barring delays or anything) because it is the soonest it could possibly happen (especially with Yankee, with all the infrastructure changes that must be made to the area) perhaps it would be better if one team held back a year.
I know both fanbases wouldn't want to have to wait another season, and that if one did, both fanbases would feel that their team should have it first. Yankees fans because their stadium deal was announced almost a full year earlier, Mets fans because Shea is in far worse condition than Yankee and their ballpark can probably be built more quickly due to less general infrastructure changes.
In the end, both will probably open in 2009 anyway, but I think it is a mistake because interest from general fans who may just appreciate nice architecture, or be intrigued to check out the new park(s) may be tempered by the fact that both open at the same time. If only one would open, the peripheral fan could pay the money to attend that one park, but now they might have to choose between both, resulting in them possibly (in the end) choosing nothing at all. All that noise is going to drown some people out.