Marlins Threaten to Sue Longtime Season-Ticket Holders Who Complained About View-Obscuring Sign
Nice, right? Problem was, midway through the season the Marlins decided to up their revenue stream by adding a billboard to the third-base line. Atop the board sits a couple of feet of green foam. And suddenly, Leon's great view wasn't so great anymore:
|photo by Jan Leon|
|Note the several extra inches of green padding.|
"You have a split second before it hits you," she says. "It's extremely dangerous."
The Leons complained immediately and asked the Fish to replace the sign with a smaller, digital version. Their letters and calls went unanswered, she says. So when the season ended, she let the sales staff know they wouldn't pay for their second season's seats unless they were moved farther down the third-base line, away from the sign.
"They wouldn't do it," she says. "We're just tired of fighting constantly over our view being blocked and our safety endangered."
So the longtime season-ticket holders gave the team an ultimatum: Move them to a different pair of seats along the third-base line, or they wouldn't pay for a second season. Here's how the Fish responded:
"I have no intention of renewing," Leon says. "They're a Double A team now. It went down the toilet when they sold off all the players."
Riptide sent the Marlins' media reps an email to get their side of the story, but they haven't responded.
Fan comfort is of utmost importance to us. We go above and beyond to ensure our fans have a great experience at Marlins Park. We have offered Ms. Leon numerous opportunities to move to a different seat location, and each time she has refused to move. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to relocate the advertising signage that she alleges is blocking her view of certain plays near third base. We would be happy to assist Ms. Leon in relocating her tickets to seats that do not have this allegedly obstructed view. We value our fans and will continue to do our very best to offer them a wonderful baseball experience.