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With no fans to fill seats, Marlins close upper deck

Jul 12, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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After a good start the Marlins have plummeted to last place in the NL East at 43-48 and rank dead last among MLB teams in attendance with 17,101 per game.

And that’s tickets sold, which as I learned while attending games at Dodger Stadium a couple times last week can be incredibly misleading.

With no fans to fill the seats the Marlins have decided to simply close off the entire upper deck in Sun Life Stadium, with spokesman P.J. Loyello telling Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that “it was an operational decision” and “we don’t sell a whole lot of upper deck seats.”

This way the Marlins won’t have to actually hire ushers or security officers or anyone else to watch over the empty sections and the few fans who have upper deck season tickets will be “upgraded” to better seats, which they were probably already doing on their own unofficially each game.

I realize the Marlins closing off entire sections of their ballpark because no one sits there is prime joke material, but they’re actually not the first team to do so. Back when the Twins were still in the Metrodome they covered the worst seats in right field with a giant white (and eventually brownish-white from dirt) sheet that formed a makeshift tent over the empty seats and also had pictures of the players with their numbers retired. And there are other examples too.

Dodger Stadium might have followed suit, except the team couldn’t afford the white sheet. Rimshot?

  1. deathmonkey41 - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    And just think- they’re getting a brand new stadium!

    • Old Gator - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      And used-once-only leftover blue tarps from Hurricane Andrew days to cover the upper deck – from Goodwill!

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Montreal used to close the upper deck as well. I nearly was kicked out for simply trying to gain access back in the mid-90s. How dare they ruin our fun as we snooped around the park instead of watching the game?

  3. halladaysbiceps - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Yeah, this is embarassing. There is a bright spot to this, though. They move into their new ballpark next season. They should have good attendance for one year, anyways.

    They got that going for them, which is nice, you know.

    • Old Gator - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM

      They don’t need tarps for the empty seats. They need an EDIT FUNCTION to remove the missing fans, who were nothing but typos in the attendance figures anyway.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:04 PM

        Yeah. Those phantoms that sit in those seats, I wonder, how will this affect them? I mean, they’re there, aren’t they? After all, attendance figures are always correct, right?

      • Gardenhire's Cat - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:18 PM

        Old Gator – I thought you offered a lot of insightful comments before you constantly began saying “EDIT FUNCTION” in all of your posts; now you’re beginning to sound like a troll

      • Old Gator - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:19 PM

        Sure, just like Nicole Kidman’s family in The Others. Although sometimes I think they’re also a lot like the Kerbys in Topper, or maybe like Abbot and Costello in The Time of their Lives. You can’t see them, but the Chihuahua insists that they’re there, and dogs do have that wonderful sixth sense about where to shit when they know you’ll be walking through there barefoot.

      • Old Gator - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:22 PM

        Gardenhire: I bet you can’t guess what it would take to keep me from additing EDIT FUNCTION! to so many of my posts.

      • Old Gator - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:24 PM

        Damn! adding.

        Edit function!

        Edit function!

        EDIT FUNCTION!

  4. SmackSaw - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Bud should investigate their ownership. What’s Loria doing with all the money?

    • Old Gator - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:15 PM

      Kicking some of it back to Bud, lightly….neither of us will live long enough to see such an investigation. I do hope you realize that.

  5. kopy - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Doesn’t Oakland have their upper deck closed? I guess it’s not so much they’ve closed it, rather that it’s permanently closed unless they open it for playoffs – not unlike the Twins.

    • clydeserra - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:15 PM

      Mostly closed. one sliver right behind home plate is open.

      Has been tarped sine 2006.

      • Old Gator - Jul 12, 2011 at 5:32 PM

        Clyde, you win the NAA (Neologist’s Association of America) Lewis Carroll Award for 2011 for being the first person ever to use “tarp” as a verb. Congratulations!

  6. minnesconsin - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    we used to try to sneak up behind the big white banners in the reaches of the metrodome, to err, do stuff, and stuff. ya know, stuff.

  7. rcali - Jul 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    They should move the Marlins to Los Angeles. Whoops, wrong sport.

  8. tbdevilrayfan - Jul 12, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    I didn’t think the upper deck was ever open. Not even the Yankees and Red Sox would sell 75,000 a night for 81 games.
    Good riddance to the next to the last football stadium used for baseball. Oakland, you’re next!

    • clydeserra - Jul 13, 2011 at 12:25 AM

      skydome is gone?

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