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Interest in Marlins is up, and ticket sales . . .

Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:48 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 4:19 pm
JUPITER, Fla. -- The new Marlins attracted a big media turnout for their first workout Wednesday . . . and only a few fans.

Will the regular season be the same?

Club president David Samson said Wednesday that the team expects to have sold around 15,000 season tickets by the time they officially open their new ballpark on April 4 against the Cardinals.

"That's a record for us," Samson said. "That's what we've been budgeting."

Is it enough to prove that fans will show up, now that the Marlins are in a ballpark that is built for baseball, has a roof to guard against the rain and the heat and is, by all reports, beautiful? While 15,000 season tickets isn't bad, executives from other teams say it would only put the Marlins in the middle of the pack among major-league teams, and probably translates to about 2.6 million or so in full-season attendance -- and that's assuming they have a good year.

The fact is that there's still plenty of skepticism around the game, skepticism that will be erased only if the Marlins draw well this year and into the future in the new park.

As Samson rightly pointed out, even 15,000 season tickets represent nearly half the seats in the new park, which has a capacity of around 36,000. It could be enough to push demand, while also leaving enough seats available for single-game sales.

But other executives say that 15,000 is a lower number than they expected to hear, given the Marlins' offseason push, and factoring in the new park.

Interest in the team is obviously up, and up significantly.

Is it up enough? Later this summer, maybe we'll know.

Category: MLB
Tags: Marlins

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:52 pm

Interest in Marlins is up, and ticket sales . . .

I've heard the Marlins have one of the highest totals in terms of people watching games on TV. Perhaps they didn't want to get rained on.
Yes, the Marlins generally finish in the top third in terms of local TV ratings.

I suspect weather had a lot to do w/it, especially for summer afternoon games when it was 95 and 100% humidity.  The rain didn't help.

As much as Aspen's rant sounds racist, there is some truth to it.  There is a segment of the So. Fla. population that will not go to Dade County b/c no one speaks English.  It doesn't bother me porque you hablo suficiente para vivir in Miami, but I know it bothers others.  Plus, the traffic and crime reasons just make it that much worse.  We'll see, maybe we'll all be wrong, but I suspect after a year or two the attendance will be back in the 15K a game range.

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:46 am

Interest in Marlins is up, and ticket sales . . .

hey aspen speak for yourself, because watching baseball in that crappy football stadium was an embarrassment for a two time World Championship Team. Baseball belongs in a baseball stadium so maybe YOU don't know any better. 

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:56 pm

Interest in Marlins is up, and ticket sales . . .

I undestand you are bitter about having to go further to watch a baseball game.  But when the media talks about fair weather fans, they talk include you the white educated  from Broward and Palm Beach and the brown non educated from Dade.  Yes you sound bitter and racist.  Clevland Cavaliers fans told LeBron to go ahead and go to those fair weather fans( whites, browns and blacks),  And now THEIR arena is empty but they are not fair weather fans.  Furthermore if you look around the country some of these arenas and ballparks are not in the best of places so I promise you my friend you will be safe. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:07 pm

Interest in Marlins is up, and ticket sales . . .

Have the Mets and Yankees alienated fans that live outside the five boroughs? No. Not everyone is going to every game, but I think there will be a better draw. I've heard the Marlins have one of the highest totals in terms of people watching games on TV. Perhaps they didn't want to get rained on. Now they'll have the opportunity to see a rain-free game.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:40 pm

Interest in Marlins is up, and ticket sales . . .

I agree with many of the posts here.  Marlins fans are often fair weather, except for the season ticket holders, who seem to be some of the most loyal and nicest people around.  The same can be said of the Panthers- they have great fans, albeit more of them than the Marlins.    People from up north of the stadium will not travel to the games.  First, most of the people who live in Broward and Palm Beach Counties do so becuase they hate going into Dade county, because of the major culture change- very little English spoken, crappy drivers, uneducated,  rude people, etc.  Further, Miami, as a large city, is not nice.  Downtown if garbage, although getting better with the addition of some restaurants and Arts Center.  Still, instead of Crate and Barrel they have dumpy little electronic and perfume shops.  Transportation is terrible, with no public transportation, and roads which cannot handle the number of people and the traffic patterns of south Florida.  South Beach has gone to the gangsters and no one wants to go there anymore.    They don't want the drama of heading down there.  The only people who like Dade County are those who have only lived there, or are from another country. ie know nothing better.    

I like the team and wish them the best.  I really do think the stadium looks amazing.  Unfortunaltey, it is in the hood and it can be dangerous for families at night.  People in Palm Beach County and Broward (Fort Lauderdale) will not travel down there.  I will be going to opening day and the three Cubs games.  No more.  I used to go to ten to twenty games per year, because the stadium was centrally located and you could get cheap tickets in the lot and then sit almost anywhere.  That will not happen anymore.  Agreed that after fifty games, the hype will die down and then within a few years, there will be none left at all. 

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:14 pm

Will the regular season be the same?


Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:36 am

Interest in Marlins is up, and ticket sales . . .

I think this year attendance will be up as people want to see the stadium.  After this year, however, I too suspect it will end up closer to historical totals.  It might go up some, but the previous post re location is accurate.  And before all of you from other cities start harping about how stadiums in other cities are a pain to get to b/c of traffic, etc., for some reason it seems far worse here.  While the new stadium is closer to downtown Miami, and thus might atract more people going there after work, what it won't attract is those people's families meeting them at the games.  From just about anywhere in the Dade or Broward suburbs, the stadium is a 45 minute to 1-hour drive without traffic.  With rush our traffic you can add 30-45 mins. if not more.  The highways here were not laid out well, the surface streets were not expanded as the population increased (i.e. roads should have been widened to more lanes but were not b/c city planners were either not prepared or were idiots), and no one knows how to drive, which makes for a miserable commute no matter where you go.  That means for a 7 p.m. game a family from where I live would have to leave at 5, hope there are no accidents or major delays, be in the park till 10-10:30 and get home an hour after that.   That's just not doable more than once or twice a year, if that.  From downtown Ft. Lauderdale, where there is another significant part of the work force who might want to see a game, the drive is an hour to 90 mins. at rush hour.  From West Palm, it is now over a 2-hour drive w/traffic, which means that portion of the fan base is out for all games except weekends.  People just won't do that here, not with $4/gallon gas, work/school the next day, etc.  Its too bad there isn't mass public transportation to the stadium like in NY, or that traffic isn't the nightmare it is, b/c I think they will have a pretty good team this year, but its just not realistic to ask people to fight all the issues they have to in order to get to the stadium.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:27 am

Interest in Marlins is up, and ticket sales . . .

When attending the Univ of Miami, I used to drag my wife to see the Mets play the Marlines in Joe Robbie Stadium.  You literally had to turn yourself around in your seat to face home plate.  I'm sure the new stadium will help.  I like the vibe of Little Havana - a very small version of that west village feel in NYC - and thank goodness they built the stadium near 95 and 836 as Miami has so few highways to begin with.   

As far as fan interest, Miami can't fill up a stadium when the teams are great so I doubt the stadium will be more than half full for the majority of games.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:58 am

Interest in Marlins is up, and ticket sales . . .

      The Marlins have alienated fans north of Miami.  "Fans" from broward and Palm Beach don't want to drive into Little Havana for a baseball game.  This is a huge part of the fan base.  Fans will go one or two times to see the ballpark.  Similar to the XFL, interest will be "through the roof" for the first year or so, then attendance will revert back to the norm.  Marlins had a football stadium that was easily accessible for all of South Florida, now a state of the art facility that is accessible to much fewer.
   This is a tacky franchise that squirmed their way into funding for this stadium.  Here's hoping Ozzie, Zambrano, Hanley, LoMo, and the rest of the clubhouse implodes and they start selling off the team again as they're so apt to do.

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