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This news shouldn’t come as much of a shock, given the fact owner Jeffrey Loria shipped off a chunk of the team in the off season.
The Marlins have the worst attendance in the National League with an average of 18,864 per game–capacity of the park is 37,442, and once the upper deck is closed capacity will be 27,000.
The block off will occur for the next 6 games of a 9 game homestand, and from there the Marlins will make a decision about the seating before each homestand. The Miami Herald reports:
The upper bowl will be closed for six dates in the team’s nine-game homestand that begins next Tuesday. Fans can sit only in the lower bowl for games May 14-16 against Cincinnati and May 20-22 against Philadelphia. The upper bowl will remain open for May 17-19 games against Arizona.
The Marlins notoriously draw sparse crowds, but the thought going in when Marlins Park was constructed was that the new state of the art stadium would draw a crowd.
Not only has it not, but the people of Miami are left paying the hefty taxes on it, too.
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The Miami Marlins, who rank dead last in MLB attendance, reportedly will close off the upper deck at Marlins Park for several games this season.
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It’s no secret that the Miami Marlins have struggled with their attendance numbers since Opening Day. The team ranks last in attendance in the National League, and have decided to take steps to give their home field a little more of a home field feel.
The team has announced they will be closing the upper bowl of recently built Marlins Park to reduce stadium capacity from 37,442...
Miamai Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna appears to be camped under a lazy fly ball off the bat of Will Venable. Moments later Ozuna loses the ball, reason being it was a home run that he was never close to catching. Even Venable was confused on the play as his body language indicated he thought he was out.
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Early yesterday, we reported how in just the second year of a new ballpark, the Miami Marlins were on pace to potentially see the largest attendance drop between first and second year for a new facility. Based on dumping of player payroll after lavishing money in the 2010-11 offseason the Marlins could see a decline of more than 38 percent, which would break the record held by in...
On Monday night, the Miami Marlins suffered a 5-0 loss to the San Diego Padres, but shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria continued to prove he belongs in the big leagues. The 24-year-old Cuban made a diving stop that has to be among the early leaders for defensive play of the year.
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We've posted some pretty bizarre Major League Baseball moments over the years here on Outside the Boxscore but a moment from last night's Marlins/Padres games might take the cake for one of the strangest.
The moment happened in the second inning of play as Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia delivered a pitch to San Diego's Will Venable who appeared to hit a lazy fly ball...
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It led Will Venable to do this:
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In poll after poll, column after column...