It appears as though the lowly Miami Marlins are facing some difficulty in attracting fans in advance of the 2013 season. Maybe, just maybe, this due in large part to the club selling off nearly every serviceable asset, save for Giancarlo Stanton, in an effort to cut costs for their billionaire owner. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Marlins season ticket holder total has fallen from 12,000 in 2012 to under 5000 this year. How about that publicly funded neon ballpark? What a country.
The Marlins are so desperate for fans to attend the club’s home opener that they’re actually offering a free ticket to any game in April or May to anyone willing to pay for a ticket to the April 8th game versus the Atlanta Braves. As Chris Davis notes in the Sun Sentinel piece, Marlins fans that did not purchase a season ticket plan last season had to enter a lottery for a shot at attending the team’s inaugural home opener.
The free ticket offer reportedly applies to all sections of Marlins Park, with the “Home Plate Box” excluded. Seriously, Jeffrey Loria should just replace the Home Plate Box with a shark filled aquarium.
At least you still have Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins fans. Free Giancarlo Stanton.