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$2.50 tix available for Wednesday's game

The Mets are celebrating their 50th birthday as a franchise on Wednesday afternoon -- and that means throwback pricing on game tickets.

A limited number of seats for Wednesday’s game will be available for $2.50 -- the price of a reserved ticket back in 1962, the team announced. Johan Santana and Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg are expected to start Wednesday.

The discounted tickets can be purchased at Mets.com or at the Citi Field box office. The seats are located in non-Season Ticket Holder areas in the Promenade Outfield and Left Field Landing. They must be purchased in advance and cannot be purchased on the day of the game.

Tickets bought at Citi Field carry no fee; there will be a limit of four per customer.

The Mets played their first game in franchise history on April 11, 1962 against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Roger Craig, the Mets starting pitcher from that game, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.