Miami Marlins Are Selling So Few Tickets They're Closing the Upper Deck

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Remember when the Marlins used to cover the whole upper deck at Sun Life Stadium with a big blue tarp so the game looked a little more full even though only a few thousand people showed up? That was one of the main reasons the team pushed for a much smaller, taxpayer-funded ballpark in Little Havana.

Well, so few people are now showing up to that smaller, taxpayer funded ballpark that the team is now going to close the upper deck there as well.

After a disastrous off-season firesale and months of worse press than even Carnival Cruise Lines, no one has been going to Marlins game this year -- just 12 months after opening Marlins Park, for which county taxpayers will eventually pay more than $1 billion.

The Fish are technically fourth-to-last in the big leagues, with average ticket sales of 18,864 per game. But actual attendance -- especially after the team limped out to a terrible start and the sole remaining star, Giancarlo Stanton, went to the DL -- has been much worse. Just 14,000 came to the second game of the season.

So now, the Marlins are pulling out their favorite Sun Life trick. Starting with next week's series against Cincinnati, fans will only be able to sit in the lower bowl.

That will take about 10,000 of the ballpark's 37,000 seats out of play. The Marlins may actually shutter the top half of the stadium for all their remaining Monday-through-Thursday games, but the team hasn't made that decision official, the Miami Herald reports.

Really, it's a brilliant approach. Why worry about drawing more fans when you can just as easily close more and more of the ballpark? By the season's end, only section directly behind home plate (for the TV effect, of course) and the Clevelander in the outfield will be open to fans.

After all, as team prez David Samson said last year, with taxpayer cash fattening their wallets and MLB's revenue sharing pumping cash flow into the franchise, Jeffrey Loria and co. could really care less if fans are traveling to Little Havana.

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thomasbreeno
thomasbreeno

Did they really think by putting the stadium in a cuban town would help? Cubans don't go to games they think of corruption, bribery, and murders during their spare time.

thomasbreeno
thomasbreeno

Did they really think by putting the stadium in a cuban town would help? Cubans don't go to games they think of corruption, bribery, and murders during their spare time.

Elliot James
Elliot James

Why not give a block of tickets to schools or orphanages? It's all about money now.

Robert C. Granros
Robert C. Granros

Gotta blame Loria for this. Maybe after he sells the Marlins things will be a little better for them.

Hector Cortez
Hector Cortez

wow what a shame.. as soon as the team takes shape which will NOT be this season they will start filling seats.. we all know miami fans love to jump on the band wagon...

Eddy Mazarredo
Eddy Mazarredo

what is not discussed is all those season ticket holders who paid top $$$ to sit lower bowl and now have all the upper decker season ticket holders who paid a fraction sitting next to them...

Barbara Blanchard Reed
Barbara Blanchard Reed

<--Astro fan here - We've been closing sections of our stadium for a few years now. We are trend setters. That's all. Party on - go Astros - GO FISH !!

Eric Walford
Eric Walford

They made the new Marlins stadium much smaller than Sun Life so that they wouldn't have to close off the upper deck. What a mess.

John Collins
John Collins

Lets the Canes play in Marlins Stadium...

juanlucia
juanlucia

close the diamond club section too. it's only 10% full most nights which is even more embarrassing since it's on TV every pitch.

p.beck
p.beck

miami fans being miami fans

Andre Armando
Andre Armando

the group of free agents we signed last year were supposed to be a 3-year plan, but Loria scrapped it in 3 months! people don't trust him at all, especially after two fire sales here and killing the Expos! BOYCOTT THE MIAMI MARLINS UNTIL LORIA IS GONE!!

Victor Sanchez
Victor Sanchez

It was bound to happen people attendance is down, the team sucks, as much as they try it seems they only do enuff not to get sent down to the minors, Beinfest expected a miracle from the big names to get a world series win, but not even the Heat could do it the 1st year out he gave them no chance to shine, he bullshitted reyes the night before trading him out. He is money hungry sell out who is constantly stabbing the players and fans in the back, imagine the employees that have been let go becuz of this mess.

Darcy Shepard
Darcy Shepard

Again the only "I told you so" moments I have allowed myself....this disaster and debacle and Rick Scott as governor...

Eric Rich
Eric Rich

fuuuck tthe Marlins.. the ownership.. cuz i dont even know who the players our.. frrruck the miami marlins

Allen Parks
Allen Parks

so building a stadium closer to downtown WASNT the answer? LOL! NO ONE wants to watch a losing team!

Emilio Hernandez
Emilio Hernandez

unbelievable that people actually put trust in Loria after what he has done to the Marlins in the past. LESSON LEARNED MIAMI!!!

Randy Glisson
Randy Glisson

They need to quit trading all of their best players to the Tigers :)

Emilio Hernandez
Emilio Hernandez

The city of Miami NEEDS to buy this team and get the ownership OUT!!!!

Dave Hilton
Dave Hilton

Is there a board of directors or something that could oust Loria as owner? That's step one. Bring back the Marlins teal and black. Change the logo back to the old style (keep the "M" for Miami). Hire a few free agents to bring the talent level and fan interest back to good levels.

Ciro De los Rios
Ciro De los Rios

They should give away those seats to the schools or other institutions for free to let the kids or fans go into the ballpark freely until they build a team that can compete in the majors.

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

Actually the blue tarp was in Center field at Sun Life, the upper decks were easy to close, as they barricaded the walking ramps. Only time I ever saw any of the upper decks open at Sun Life is for the Bark at the Park, keeping dogs & their owners separated from other fans.

The upper deck in right center, those seats/tickets should never be sold, it's a lousy view, the outfileders are tiny dots on the field.

isaidy
isaidy

i have an idea close off the top and make a whole bunch of bars and night clubs open nightly on days that there are no games..

Scott Jennings
Scott Jennings

New uniforms, new ballpark and same business practices.

O-Dog Hernandez
O-Dog Hernandez

If you ask me, Miami Dade residents should be entitled to free admission to ALL Marlins games since their tax dollars built the fucking stadium, otherwise Loria should be jailed for fraud.

Geral John Pinault
Geral John Pinault

The Marlins gave us citizens of Miami-Dade County a mighty slap in the face last fall when they sold off their roster of star players. So have fun this year Marlins. We are not impressed!!!

Jenn Welch
Jenn Welch

They should have known better. Did they really think that by putting the new stadium in the middle of Little Havana they'd get more people to show up??? Hell no. They lost all the fans that were driving down from Broward and Palm Beach counties. Now it's too far and not nearly as easy as it was to get to as before. I use to work for them and years ago when it was in the talks, I asked the fans from out of county. And as far as the Cubans that live in that area....they said they'd go, but they are cheap. Why pay for a ticket when they can sit at home and watch it for free?? Dumb move, waste of our taxpayers money.

nsmith8390
nsmith8390

anyone who thinks the dolphins wanted you to pay for sunlife why dont you do your home work and see how it actually works with the hotel tax thats not coming out of your pocket and....... can ONLY be used to increase tourism now the way the dolphins were going to do it when the payed the money back also means they wouldve been paying for ALL... the improvements over time they'd been able to actually use the money for what ever they wanted instead of never having those millions to spend at all. GOD poeple use google or something before you blurt out un educated things about shit you dont know anything about

Leo Martinez
Leo Martinez

Marlins should sign Labron James if they want Fans......

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

David Samson Reportedly Calls Miamians Stupid, Suggests Team Doesn't Care About Fans Of course he laughs at the stupidity of Miami's citizens. We were dumb enough to let our politicians, during a worldwide recession, spend our dwindling tax dollars on building a free stadium for a millionaire!

Suareza
Suareza

@Elliot James 

If you didn't know it, that is about 70% of the game attendance, people who got 'freebies' from different organizations in town.

Suareza
Suareza

@John Collins 

That's the best idea that I have heard so far. The 'SARDINES' can exchange stadium with the CANES and everybody will be happy.

Suareza
Suareza

@Andre Armando 

Another hell of a good idea. The less people attend the stadium the sooner the ASSHOLE will try to get out of town.

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

@Geral John Pinault As of last Sunday, those stars that were traded to Toronto were 12-20. The Marlins were 11-21. Yep one lousy game difference in W-L record. Add that Reyes is injured, but that's a push as Stanton is hurt too. After a couple of games and the 1 game difference is now 3 games, Jays have won and the Marlins have obviously dropped 2 games. Loria actually made the right call. Josh Johnson has been replaced by Fernandez. I mean if you're gonna be 11-23, might as well do it as cheaply as possible. I don't think Marlins fans realize that they have Polanco, Pierre and Dobbs, these guys are WS caliber players. You realize that as great as Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, John Buck or Josh Johnson and anyone else were, they've never played a playoff game in the last 5 years or so, maybe longer ? Dobbs has a WS ring, Polanco played in an NLCS. Has been talent or not, at least they have some post season experience ? I think Pierre has a WS ring from his season with the Chicago White Sox ?

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

@Jenn Welch True, baseball isn't soccer ?  From what I read of the Miami real estate market, they actually think that because they sold to foreign investors who rented downtown condos out to Americans, that they had an audience that would attend Marlins games, they even perceived that public transportation would be good enough that the 5,000 car parking garage would also be more than adequate. It definitely is now that nobody attends Marlins games.

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

@nsmith8390 I actually support(ed) the Dolphins/Sun Life renovations, they should've looked at that before the commitment to rebrand the Marlins as Miami, not FL Marlins. Also before committing funds to the Marlins stadium. The repairs/upgrades to Sun Life are almost as much as the Marlins stadium cost. I think we're getting screwed for that dollar figure, but even if it cost that much the Sun Life upgrade would've served both the Dolphins and Marlins. Just me, but the Marlins should've gotten the Genting property old Miami Herald building for a Bay stadium. A gambling resort was thought to be an easy pass in Miami-Dade. Well, they gambled and lost.

Sun Life renovations keep the Dolphins here, the Marlins are staying obviously with the stadium deal. Who knows though, if the Marlins can't draw gate, do they leave town and then it's a town with only a basketball team ? FL Panthers are really Ft. Lauderdale's/Sunrise's NHL hockey team.

paulxl7
paulxl7

@jgcamp99 


Evidently Geral knows nothing about baseball much like most of the commenters here, and most of the people living in Miami.

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