Miami, Marlins Planning $515M Hole In The Ground
Posted by Matt on February 18, 2008
The Florida Marlins are quite an enigma. They have two World Series rings since 1997, which is tied for second most with the Boston Red Sox behind the Yankees’ three since that year. The team also operates out of Miami, Florida where the beer flows like wine and it would seem baseball enthusiasts are in tow considering the Grapefruit League that holds court in the state of Florida each spring. Yet, despite this, the Florida Marlins have the lowest average attendance for home games in Major League Baseball, averaging just over 16,000 cut-throat fans each game — which is less than half of the 37,000 seat capacity of the new, 2011 stadium.
The average Marlins home game:
Now the franchise has made the claim that they cannot survive in south Florida without a new stadium — and I tend to agree that it would suck to play in what is normally an NFL stadium — but it seems tough to justify a $515-million dollar undertaking, with Miami-Dade contributing $347-million of that, when attendance is so low despite some of the recent successes.
I would think a better marketing department would be first in order if they expect to survive in south Florida, among other changes, and I don’t know that building a half-billion dollar stadium for people to not come to will be the long term solution.
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