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Marlins targeting senior demographic with Thursday promotion

Apr 13, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

Phillies Marlins Baseball AP

It’s tough to be a fan of the Miami Marlins these days. Giancarlo Stanton is the only star on the roster, and the Marlins still may trade him sooner rather than later. The new stadium is a bit of an eyesore. Upper management is aloof, threatening to sue season ticket-holders and banning protesters.

After drawing over 34,000 for the home opener against the Braves on Monday, the Marlins have averaged barely above 15,000 in the three games since and it’s a trend that is expected to carry on through the season. In an attempt to get fans to the ballpark any way possible, the Marlins are introducing a very interesting promotion. Via Fish Stripes:

On Thursdays anyone over the age of 55 can attend a Marlins game for free, and in the “best available” section. Others can get discounts on tickets by visiting sponsors like Subway and Chevron to get the proper coupon for cheaper seating.

Thursdays at Marlins Park may be the only time when the average age of the fans in attendance are more than three times older than the average age of the home team’s roster.

  1. historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    It’s like he doesn’t understand Gator at all.

    • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      That, or he wants me where one of his snipers can pick me off.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    They should narrow their target a little more….focus on people with dementia.

    Tell them it’s 1998 and they should come out and support the World Championship team that didn’t get dismantled.

    Then just put Stanton in a Sheffield jersey.

    Boom. Done.

  3. blingslade - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Wow, this is a historic destruction of a franchise..especially with the new stadium and all. The fan base is completely decimated and they won’t come back until/unless they get an owner they can trust.

    I don’t think Marc Cuban would even touch this mess.

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      If Magic Johnson touched that disaster that was Frank McCourt’s Dodgers anything is possible.

  4. paperlions - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Won’t they have to start the games at 4:15 to really attract a crowd?

    • plmathfoto - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Nah it’d interfere with the early bird dinners (I got your joke by the way)

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:04 PM

        Nah, the new official in-stadium restaurant is Cracker Barrel

      • paperlions - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        Ah, good point. May conflict with set schedules…but hey, they could offer an early bird buffet special, watching the baseball would be optional and free.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      I’m going to resist the urge to make a good casino joke here. (…leaving Tommy alone :( )

  5. revansrevenant - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    How the heck do you televise Marlins games? All those empty seats make for bad TV.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    At least they found a group that won’t complain about not being able to hear the organist.

  7. hittfamily - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Today will be the safest day in the last 30 years to be on a freeway.

    If only there was an Asian pride festival in Fort Lauderdale, the average interstate speed would finally be the speed limit.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      I don’t get it. Because they supposedly drive fast or slow? I am unfamiliar with this racial stereotype.

  8. historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Per my mother, the Marlins were featured in AARP magazine.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      I KNOW you’re fixing to say something to the gentleman above who made an Asian drivers joke.

      • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM

        It is totally beyond me that anyone would even bother to make biased comments about Asian drivers in Macondo when they have drivers from that large unnamed island ninety miles south of here about whom they could comment with complete objectivity.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:06 AM

        Don’t be bitter.

  9. Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    For free? Yeah, I can do that – watch me some beisbol without having lined Scrooge McLoria’s pockets. As far as dementia, the truth is, I’m out to get you too.

    • Old Gator - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      Just checked. The Feesh made that offer just as the team leaves for Cincinnati on Wednesday night. Ahhh Scrooge. It never changes, does it?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:33 AM

        Made you look!

      • jwbiii - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        Here’s the menu:

        4/25 Cubs
        5/16 Reds
        5/30 Rays
        8/1 Mets
        8/22 Dodgers
        9/12 Braves

  10. hittfamily - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    The Marlins beat the Phightins tonight. Marlins > Hamels. The Pheels can’t win unless some kid gets puked on.

    • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      It took a walk, a really bad hop double and a Chase Utley bobble of a double play ball by the hapless Chris Coghlan to let the Feesh score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. We’ll take it. We’ll take anything. And hey, we’re no worse than the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Azusa, San Bernardino, San Fernando, Burbank, Malibu, Redlands, Ontario, Cucamonga….

  11. yanmontreal - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    In montréal canada,we are with you marlins fan. We know exactly how you feel,you have a great city i deserve better.Go expos we hope they comeback one day…shame on you Loria

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      Bon jour Montreal: GO LEAFS GO!

    • Old Gator - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      Thanks yan, but you do realize that there are a lot more of you than there are Feesh fans these days, right? How many of you get to share each one of us?

  12. Bob - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    “Upper management is aloof, threatening to sue season ticket-holders and banning protesters.”

    Aloof would mean upper management acted unengaged. Marlins upper management is engaged — they’re antagonizing fans. I would call them antagonistic. Aloof is almost a compliment to those guys.

    • Old Gator - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      Bob, did you catch that post last week about Scrooge McLoria cancelling the late night tri-rail train to Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale that the Feesh used to subsidize – without bothering to let the fans know about it? Antagonize is a very polite word for what they’ve done to their fans.

  13. yankeesgameday - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    They should turn ticket sales over to the marketing department at the Coconut Grove Playhouse who really know how to fill matinees with the blue hairs like nobody’s business.

    • Old Gator - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      Backstory: the Coconut Grove Playhouse shut down several years ago. Yankeesgameday is either behind the curve or being cynical about the hardworking Feesh marketing department – probably the hardest workers since the Hebrew slaves hauled blocks of stone for the pyramids, but subject to a deeper sense of futility. Show a little sympathy, will you?

      • yankeesgameday - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        Coconut Grove Playhouse shut down? That makes me incredibly sad. I was a house manager there while I was in college at UM in the 90’s. That place holds a really important place in my memories… Sigh can’t loria get the city to fund it on tax payer dollars, then they can help with marlin marketing.

  14. dukepatrol - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    In 2013 55 is not old age and even though it’s an interesting concept the Marlin management are the lowest of the low

    • Old Gator - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      in 2013, 55 won’t even save on gas.

      (Urrrppppp.)

      ‘Scuse me….

  15. yanmontreal - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Go habs go

  16. girlsknowsportstoo - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    First time, as an Eagles fan, that I ever agreed with Norman Braman that this stadium should never be built with tax payer dollars…blame Selig for allowing this to happen. He knew the history of this franchise and how this owner did business.

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