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Marlins’ new park 50% done, premium tickets selling quickly

Dec 23, 2010, 10:22 PM EST

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Marlins president David Samson has teamed up with MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro to provide fans (and casual onlookers) with an inside look at the progress of the club’s new ballpark construction.

According to the most recent update, the new park is nearly 50% complete and premium season tickets for the stadium — set to open in 2012 — are nearly sold out.

367 of the 379 seats in the all-inclusive Diamond Club, set up right behind home plate, have been claimed for the entire 2012 season.  216 of 296 seats in the Dugout Club, which hugs the first- and third-base lines, have also been purchased for 2012.

The Marlins are confident that the new stadium will be filled throughout its debut season, which should allow them to expand their payroll.  Whether the fans will continue to pour in is another matter and may have more to do with wins and losses than anything.

Check out more on the retractable-roof stadium’s progress over at MLB.com.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 23, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Speaking on behalf of all those who are not representing the fatcat local corporations buying up the premium seats whom the Chihuahua is referring to as “fans,” there’s a multi-media sales center next to Macondo Banana Massacre Field that makes for a very diverting hour or so – surround displays of the interior and so forth. However, you can also expect a full court press by the salespeople to buy seating plans. It’s worth your while to check it out, but it would be a good idea to bring nothing but maxed out or cancelled credit cards inside with you, or possibly a stub from your last welfare check. That’ll kill their interest in a hurry.

    As Craig pointed out when I took him over to the site last spring, the nightmarish traffic conditions that will occur if the stadium does work its novelty value wonders in its first season will also contribute to tempering fan enthusiasm by the stadium’s second season. Periodically, I check the state and local DOT web sites to see if the city fathers have made any plans to improve the limited access situation to the adjacent Dolphin Expressway. Nope. Rotsa ruck, folks.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 24, 2010 at 8:48 AM

      Interesting fishbowl! It sure looks as if it could hold a lot of margaritas or whatever you drink down there.

  2. Old Gator - Dec 24, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    The non-indigenous drink Cuba Libres. This is a locally mandatory exercise in wishful thinking which, like the idiotic and utterly futile boycott that it’s meant to celebrate, has been going on for something like fifty years now. The anglos drink Pina coladas. Everyone else drinks bathtub gin.

    They drink margaritas in Key West.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 24, 2010 at 11:12 AM

      I appreciate the informative update.

  3. apbaguy - Dec 24, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    OG-no mojitos? No cafe Cubano? What kind of publicly funded stadium is this?

  4. Old Gator - Dec 24, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    As you continue to contemplate relocation to the presumably more stable part of the North American tectonic plate, I can assure you that both will be available at Macondo Banana Massacre Field. Our correspondent from Ultima Thule was inquiring about the alcoholic beverage of preference here in the sunny land of the proliferating out-of-towners and “Falling Iguana Zone” signs. They’re building this thing on the fringes of Habana Pequeña and it would be heresy even for a cheapskate tightwad puckerpocket like Scrooge McLoria not to spring for a few extra bucks to install a ventana to serve coladas of Cafe Cubano to the masses.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 24, 2010 at 5:44 PM

      Is this bathtub near Sun Life Stadium? Are naming rights available? Since the Toronto Dominion Bank has just added several branches in Florida, I wonder how TD Park sounds? The Bank already has the naming rights for the TD Garden in Beantown.

      • Old Gator - Dec 24, 2010 at 8:07 PM

        Macondo Banana Massacre Field, like its namesake, will appear in several forms at once. Rumor has it that Scrooge McLoria will be making naming rights available for game days, but also for non-game days. He may also make revolving names available for various hours of the day or night, whichever works most profitably. Instead of permanently affixing the name to the walls of the stadium like those idiots who run Joeprodolsharklife Stadium did, only to have to keep scraping the paint off the walls every time a namesake crashed during the Bush Nightmare Economy, Scrooge McLoria will have the name appear on jumbotrons on either side of the building so that they can alternate at will.

        A personal dream of mine would be for him to have it named “Goodyear Blimp Stadium.”

        Even so, it would be hilarious to have the place named after another Canadian company, especially since these predatory winter low pressure systems of yours keep lunging at us and selecting out our feral iguanas for cold hardiness. A few right-wing Cubans and Venezuelans sometimes fall out of their trees at night too, frostbitten as grapefruits. Patience isn’t paying off for them.

      • Old Gator - Dec 24, 2010 at 8:14 PM

        Oops, hit “send” too soon. Must be something in the egg nog.

        Well, “near” is a relative thing, depending on how close to a ruck in spacetime you might happen to be living. At warp factor six, if you’re coming from the north before game time, it’s probably about sixteen or seventeen miles further south as the invasive feral monk parakeet flies, which is about an addition forty minutes at warp factor six. Fans from Broward County, which is across the border in the United States – the hulking second world country which is our northern neighbor – already had issues getting through customs and immigration at the Golden Glades interchange, and now they have to add all that traffic to the trip. They were barely interested in coming when the stadium was just another few minutes south of that. Now? Who knows?

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