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Marlins sell out first game at new stadium — sort of

Jan 31, 2012, 12:10 AM EDT

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The Miami Marlins have figured out a way to erase the embarrassment of poor attendance figures: Make fewer tickets available. Brilliant!

The Marlins have announced a sellout for their first game at their new ballpark, a contest against the University of Miami on March 6, reports the Miami Herald.

Of course calling it a sellout is a tad misleading, as the team limited capacity for the game to 10,000. For some reason, there are 15,000 seats available for the Marlins’ game against Florida International the next day. That matchup, not surprisingly, has yet to sell out.

To be fair (which takes the fun out of everything!) we’re talking about exhibition games here. Drawing 10,000 for a non-counter against a college team isn’t too shabby.

Smartly, the Marlins have kept the actual capacity of their new stadium on the smallish side – 37,000 – so with a pretty exciting team featuring the likes of Jose Reyes, Mike Stanton and Josh Johnson (and Yoenis Cespedes?), the Marlins ought to be able to claim some actual sellouts in 2012, at least during the early part of the season.

You can view progress on the completion of the new stadium here.

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  1. alonestartexan - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    I was born and raised in Florida.

    That said.. There are a few things in life that I’m sure of.

    1. Florida is a state that loves baseball 4th to College Football, Pro Football, and Nascar.
    2. The Floridians that do love baseball, mostly love teams from the North East or the West Coast. In the Tampa Bay Area you’ll also have some pockets of midwest teams (Cardinals, Cubs, Tigers, ect, ect.)
    3. The Marlins and Rays will never consistently sell out games. They could set their capacities at 25k and still would not sell out. Why ? Because not too many people in Florida have money right now. The economy is in the toilet and there are a lot better and cheaper things to do outdoors than watch a ballgame.

    I can promise, the Marlins may sell out the first series or two, they may sellout games against the Mets, and possibly Boston or the Yankees if they play them, but summer games against Pittsburgh or Milwaukee ? Forget about it.

    I’m not trying to be a hater on Florida teams but honestly and realistically, MLB waited too long to expand into Florida and there’s just no solid fan bases. With the high transient population in the state and the current economy, It’s easier to be a television Yankees or Red Sox fan and NOT spend money.

    The fact that the Marlins now have one of the worst logos and uniforms in the league won’t help with sales either. I hope I’m wrong and will admit it if I am, but I don’t see the Marlins having more than a hand full of sold out series this year.

    • Old Gator - Jan 31, 2012 at 4:55 AM

      It’s true that the Feesh have an awful logo and uniform but frankly you would still be correct in the rest of your assumptions if the logo was a cartoon of Fidel Castro hanging by his neck with his eyeballs popping out and his tongue protruding. Right now, the economy is most of the story.

      The only pertinent factor that you missed is the deep-seated resentment against the team, the league and the whores on the county and city commissions down here for the raid on the public till to build the stadium in the first place. A few months back Macondoans booted out the mayor and one of the formerly most powerful county commissioners by record landslides. The stadium was by far the reason given most often to pollsters for voting to throw them out.

      • rambodiaz - Jan 31, 2012 at 7:40 AM

        I’ve been wondering about that the last few days, Mr. Gator. What is the actual public response to the Marlins this year? Is there excitement at all?

        I don’t think I’ve seen one single thing that points to a public that’s excited or enthusiastic about FishBall this year. It sort of feels like the whole thing is going to be one big disaster, with a big empty discotheque/stadium, crazy contracts, and an owner that’s alienated a fanbase.

      • Old Gator - Jan 31, 2012 at 8:22 AM

        It’s an odd, deadening kind of background radiation – nothing even the Hubbel could detect if you spun it around and pointed it at Macondo. Not getting Pujols let some air out of the swim bladders, true – but the news since then has been all bad. Not just bad, embarrassing. Most of it has been chronicled here already. The glitch in the county and city’s contract with the Feesh that leaves the public on the hook for property tax payments on the garages and concession shops. The backstage corruption and the Federal investigation. The bungled leasing process of the arcade shops that will doubtless leave many of them empty for the season. On and on. If there was a little buzz when the free agents began rolling in, the tsunami of bad news and civic humiliation and frustration has pretty much swamped it for the time being. The Macondo Feeshwrapper carries perhaps one or two “new” news bits per week. Otherwise, the baseball “section” reports from around the league – minimally. Since the Dolfeens took whatever coach would condescend to be hired by them, it’s all been Heat, Heat, Heat.

        But to be fair, the local newspaper is pretty crummy anyway – yesterday’s headline was Santorum winning Iowa or something, late off the wire services.

    • bigzant82 - Jan 31, 2012 at 7:28 AM

      ya right & spot on

  2. crankyfrankie - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:20 AM

    Just amazed that people would rather do anything, OK almost anything, then go to a live baseball game.

  3. propertyofthebroncos - Jan 31, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    I am a Yankees fan, but this is just further proof baseball is no longer America’s pastime….football surpassed it years ago.

    • kiwicricket - Jan 31, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      Wrong site pal….

  4. topprospect - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    The season has yet to begin and media dorks are already railing on the Marlins for attendance at their new stadium…must be a slow day for creativity at HBT. These exhibition games are intended to serve as soft openings for the new stadium. Thus, their purpose is to determine if there are any traffic or logistical problems at the park before the season opens and there are 37k in attendance. As a result, they only make a few thousand tickets available…standard for soft openings.

    • drunkenhooliganism - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      Do you really believe that?

      • topprospect - Jan 31, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        Believe what?

      • addictedzone - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        Yes, because that’s exactly what they are doing.

        Here are the tickets being sold for each game at the stadium up to Opening Day. It was announced 6 weeks ago.

        Columbus vs Belen – 5,000
        Marlins vs UM – 10,000
        Marlins vs FIU – 15,000
        Marlins vs Yankees – 25,000
        Marlins vs Yankees – 30,000
        Opening Day – 37,000

  5. dowhatifeellike - Jan 31, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Since when do pro teams play college teams in exhibitions? I’d say that’s incredibly unfair to the college teams, but it’s the Marlins so I guess it’s not that bad.

    • Old Gator - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      The answer to your question is, frequently. The Feesh have been playing the spring UM exhibition game for years. First time I can recall they’ve taken on FIU, but I have to believe Mike Lowell was back there somewhere pushing for that.

    • addictedzone - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      The University of Miami has been playing major league teams in exhibitions long before the Marlins were on the radar. So yes, as Old Gator says, “frequently”. It’s quite common in Florida and probably also in Arizona.

  6. crisisjunky - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Sorry for being un-current, but this is the first time I have seen this rendering of the
    Klaatu-designed hat. It would make a much better 21st century Astrodome, upgraded in the same visual style that stunned us in the successive iterations of U.S.S.Enterprise.
    Before $ hits the fan, maybe Loria/co. can swap it to Jim Crane for “Minute-Maid O.J. Park.”
    seems like a perfect fit.

    • crisisjunky - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      Also, they would have to replace the Locomotive with a Truck-Farm Flatbed

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