Marlins Park Can't Handle Crowds When People Actually Show Up

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Something weird happened at Marlins Park on Monday. People actually showed up. The stated attendance was 37,116, though the actual butts-in-the-seat number was about 35,000. Still impressive by Marlins standards.

But it appears that the team just isn't ready when fans actually show up. The wait for concession food was up to an hour according to some folks. President David Samson of course came off like he was blaming the fans for the inconveniences.

Here's a selection of Tweets of people complaining about the food lines.

"We're never going to have 35,000 people in here and not have complaints," Samson told the Miami Herald. "For soccer, concerts, whatever; it won't happen. I'm sorry for the fans. I want every fan to have a perfect experience."

Hmmm, maybe that inconvenience is part of the reason that you'll never have 35,000 people in there on a regular basis. Samson did however add that he had more concession workers on staff that usual for the night.

"My frustration is that I hate lines and I hate incompetence," he continued. "When I'm at Disney, I wait 60 minutes to get on Space Mountain with my son. Am I happy about it? No. But I signed up for it."

"There is a way to do fast pass in this park. We tell you to download the MLB at Park app on the phone and order food."

See guys, its your fault. Should've downloaded that app!

Anyway, the Marlins Tuesday night attendance was about back down to normal. 15,906 paid for tickets. That's below's last year's average attendance of 19,584. Though, it's up for last season's second home game which also took place on a Tuesday. Only 14,222 tickets were sold then.

In case you're wondering, with just two games into the season, the Marlins have the second-lowest average attendance of teams that have actually hosted games. Only the Tampa Bay Rays have worse attendance. That's exactly how it went last season when the Marlins and Rays were the two worst teams in baseball by attendance.

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42 comments
frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.............the really sad thing is IF YOU subtract the NY-metro area teams crowds draw at MARLINs stadium those numbers slide down even further

davidtriana911
davidtriana911

Build it and they will not come... Well, at least not with any consistency! 

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

wow pretty the majority of people who commented are straight up trolling. Parking aint that bad, dude is saying theres an app to make your life easier and you all are crying. yeah the marlins are basically a farm system for the MLB but whatever they get great prospects every year. and if youre still bitching about them trading everyone why dont you check out how those traded players are doing, then youll see they are all injured and suck. They have a pretty decent young energetic team this year. A solid pitcher that is prolly the next big star as well as a bonafied hitter in Stanton. I think you all just like to bitch on the internet over anything.

Richard A. Guerrero
Richard A. Guerrero

I won't even spend a penny in merchandise with marlin logo. They sucks every way!!!

Katy Francesca
Katy Francesca

The parking is a mess. Highly disorganized. The police men directing traffic had cars blocking the intersection. I almost didn't go to the game because there was no parking. I had no choice but to park far away walking distance and pay for parking on the street. Higly disorganized. They need more parking garages for those without permits.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

....................sorry MARLINs fans but a mediocre operation will have its problems and NO the fan is NOT the first priority of managment anyway so don't expect anything to change for the better

remember the wait on space mountain is an hour so by that math a $9 hot dog and $12 beer should take about a half hour at least to get

Josh Colletta
Josh Colletta

Even when he CAN sell tickets, the asshole can't help but be condescending and insulting. Pathetic.

Rob Morgan
Rob Morgan

It's sad because this team really does deserve our support "player and teamwise"..I truly feel bad for the players because our disdain for ownership carries over..The lines were really long but the energy was great! Loria's track record is one of deceiving the fan base..Period!...We have a young up and coming team, great stadium, but we just don't trust the ownership and frankly, why should we?..It's sad because I enjoy going to the games but also don't feel good about giving Jeffery Loria my money..in the end the community and the players are the ones who suffer here..Take a page from Mickey Arison and learn how to run a team and treat your fan base

nancycortega
nancycortega

I have tried to use the app on a day that there was no crowd and I had to speak to the manager about the food not being ready when the app said it would be. The employees didn't know the app existed. 

Housman
Housman

For soccer? What soccer has been played at Marlins Park? 

Aileen Luck
Aileen Luck

Bottom line it's business but we don't hear about how the marlins mgmt paid for Fernandez grandmother to come from to see him pitch ...

Alex Henderson
Alex Henderson

Lines are always there opening night...every other game lines are perfect

Jo Braga
Jo Braga

Stop giving this team money

Andres Arias
Andres Arias

Fiasco. glad are libraries are doing well......

Ben Bowen
Ben Bowen

James Johnson it's all on you.

James Kelley
James Kelley

I dont think they will have a problem the rest of the season. Like last night. Second day of the season and 15,000 (announced) showed up. As long as this ownership circus owns the team they are doomed in this market. jk

Mitchell Medero
Mitchell Medero

Does the Miami New Times has ever anything nice to say about Miami?????

Ryan Andersen Merz
Ryan Andersen Merz

Yeah god forbid that Marlins' fans actually watch a baseball game but rather plug away at their cell phones like a Heat phone with court side seats. Hell, why would anyone want to interact with a human being now a days at a concession stand. Those people are gross...Send Sampson back to the island.

Luis Ricardo Lopez
Luis Ricardo Lopez

Man. Phuk that lil dipshit. Lil prick is making me to go back to my mets days. Cause thats the team I rooted for in Miami before the marlins showed up.

Humberto Reyes
Humberto Reyes

Every time he sad something it comes out off his ass

John Blossom
John Blossom

piss poor management kept in business by local monopoly

Robert Pando
Robert Pando

Lmao Samson and Loria, I hope you both rot in the pits of hell you dirty greedy and awful human beings, that's all.

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Good. Anyone who is still giving Samson and Loria their money, deserves to stand in line for hours.

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

why go and stand in line . watch it from home Ni problem getting a beer from.the frig

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................i'm pretty sure we are bitching because we don't think we got our money's worth especially since "we the people" paid $562,ooo,ooo and counting and lost the ORANGE BOWL tradition and history PLUS the locals got parking tickets for months after they were promised resident stickers - and soon enough managment will continue the greed and shake-down the taxpapyer once again threatening to move the team to ORLANDO

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

................the originally designed 25,ooo parking spaces never were built as local parking violations are a revenue source calculated into the operations because an average of 10,ooo violations are "potentially" possible for ALL of the 82 home games (so do the math 82 times 10,ooo times $35 equals $28,700,ooo potentially available to the parking violations bureau !)

the beauty of it is even if a visitong FAN finds off sight legal parking that vehicle is probably displacing a residents vehicle so the resident will get the parking ticket

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.............well there goes THAT excuse

RichardK
RichardK

@Housman  Venezuela and Nigeria played there in 2012 and the Miami Soccer Challenge began last year. 

RichardK
RichardK

Until the Marlins are in the Playoffs or the World Series, then its "I LOVE THE MARLINS"


Fake ass people.

RichardK
RichardK

@frankd4  Pretty sure the "ORANGE BOWL" tradition and history was lost long ago when the city of Miami sat by and let the OB fall apart on itself.Well them and Norman Braman.

RichardK
RichardK

@frankd4 @RichardK  


I don't disagree with you, there was something very special about that place that this city has lost forever. But I'm sorry, this city FAILED that stadium when they and (again) Norman Braman came along and said we are not going to do anything to help renovate that stadium.


Isn't it funny how Braman always came back to that one piece of land and didn't want anything built on it for one reason or another?


Anyway I digress. This city seems to be full of "progress", doesn't it?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@RichardK @frankd4  


i wasn't a party during the late 1960's with joe namath QB of alabama in the orange bowl and then the NY jets super bowl BUT i did attend a few epic FSU v UM games and there was just something about the whole experience even as the building was crumbling


parking on someones lawn was something you just had to do to really appreciate and an entire community had a piece of that pie - small as it might have been


well that's progress, i guess

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