Miami fans were excited this year when they saw the due process for the Marlins come into effect. The name change from Florida to Miami Marlins, the new uniform designs, the player acquisitions, and new stadium ready to be filled by Opening Day was a great experience for fans of the game of baseball. Over the past couple days, articles from various sources have been accessing the situation of Miami opening up a new stadium and whether or not expectations were met. The stadium is beautiful, and has done its job of creating a more intimate environment with fans by lowering its seating chart in the stadium. Marlins Park has a retractable roof, a gorgeous view of the city through the transparent glass windows covering the facility, and a swimming pool and bar behind the outfield fence. The issue is not how great the stadium looks, but how we can fill up more seats.
Although the Marlins have a great stadium, their fan attendance rate ranks 18th (out of 30) amongst Major League Baseball teams. The team averaged 27,401 seats filled this season, which isn’t bad considering the total number of seats within the arena (around 36,000+). From a fans perspective, the Marlins will be able to improve their attendance average once management and players are able to coexist and provide productivity and efficiency. The Marlins are currently last place in the NL East.
Miami fans don’t panic. We have LeBron James in a Miami Heat Jersey, the University of Miami football program back on the rise, and the Marlins did a great job of branding over the off-season. A few more years of rebuilding the Miami Marlins ball club and Marlins Park will be the right return investment.
Source: Sun Sentinel