Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/8/13
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 to about 27,000. According to the Miami Herald, the upper bowl will be closed for six dates during the team’s nine-game homestand that begins next Tuesday. Marlins Park is just a year old, and was built for $634 million, with the team paying for $160 million of that, and taxpayers saddling the rest of the burden. The stadium features a retractable roof, aquariums behind home plate, a swimming pool in a bar and a ridiculous home run sculpture. Check out the photo below of Marlins Park during a home game on April 15 against the Nationals. Photo via Twitter/@Cbaranik

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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