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Marlins president optimistic about attendance

Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:09 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


The Miami Marlins are looking to spend some money this offseason as they prepare for a uniform makeover and a move into a new home (see above) in time for the 2012 season. Evidently they're expecting to be a big hit with the local fans, too, because team president David Samson told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, "we're going to be drawing 30,000 to 35,000 every single game."

That's a pretty lofty goal. Only half of Major League Baseball's teams averaged at least 30,000 fans per game last season -- six playoff teams (excluding the Rays and D-Backs), the defending champs, the Red Sox, the Mets, the Cubs, both Los Angeles teams, the Twins, the Rockies and the Braves. The Marlins, meanwhile, averaged 19,007 fans per game and haven't even averaged more than 20,000 fans per game since 2005.

Yes, it's possible a new stadium and some new, popular players (Jose Reyes? C.J. Wilson?) in addition to who will surely be a popular manager in Ozzie Guillen would all help bring in large crowds, but the estimation that they'll average more than 30K automatically seems pretty optimistic.

Hat-tip: Hardball Talk

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Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Marlins president optimistic about attendance

They draw year 1.  If they don't sign big FA's and lose in year 1, attendance will not be any better than what it was before.  They have alienated the fans they did have changing the name to Miami Marlins.



Since: Jul 13, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:46 pm
 

Marlins president optimistic about attendance

Yeah................until the novelty wears off.   The first few years they packed them into Joe Robbie stadium.  Then, they were lucky to get 12 - 14 thousand.



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Marlins president optimistic about attendance

The catchment area likely to hel increase the fanbase but think upto 25k in the first 4 to 5 years achievable. More than that is an achievement



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Marlins president optimistic about attendance

Go get Albert Pujols and I am positive you will draw that number.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Marlins president optimistic about attendance

The Marlins could go 162-0 and not sell out a playoff game. South Florida will NEVER support that team. Why? Because nobody in South Florida is FROM South Florida. They are Yankees fans, Mets fans, Phillies Fans and YES, even Orioles fans. They could sign both Fielder and Pujols and still they would not draw. Most nights, you will find more peole at the Jai Lai fronton or the Dog Track than at the Marlins game. Maybe if they signed JOEY (OK, only those old time Jai Lai betters will remember him) would they even draw a little bit. Someone do an intervention and get David Samson off of the mushrooms A.S.A.P.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:11 pm
 

Marlins president optimistic about attendance

The Miami Marlins are not realevent in south Florida people in that area just dont support basball teams. I would bet that they do not draw close to 20,000 fans.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Marlins president optimistic about attendance

Samson is a complete buffoon.  I wish the media would ignore him so he would go away.  They might average 30K in the first year, but after that, when they cut the payroll down the the salary of one of the police officers on security duty, the initial "new stadium" buzz will disappear like a bikini top on South Beach.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Marlins president optimistic about attendance

Thank you, The Don Rey.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Marlins president optimistic about attendance

You guys are not realizing that attendance also includes tickets bought, not exactly used. A lot of corporations purchase tickets and award them to employees who don't show. The attendance includes them even though they are no show. This is why the attendance is higher than what appears to be there. The actual PHYSICAL attendance is much lower than what is reported for this reason.



Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Marlins president optimistic about attendance

In order to hit that 30,000 mark consistently, the Marlins ought to bring along the person(s) responsible for reporting attendance at various Sun Life Stadium.  At last Saturday's Miami vs. Duke game, the listed attendance was 62,053 (stadium capacity: 74,916) . . . but from my upper deck seat, it looked like there were far more than +/- 13,000 fans dressed as bright orange seats; a figure of 38,000 would be more realistic.  That 75k figure is further reduced by several thousand, due to the giant green "U" tarps usually placed over most of the seats in the four corners of the upper deck.  As for baseball games, I've long lost track of the number of Marlins' home games where there MAY have been as many as 1,500 fans -- yet the box score reports a five-figure number.  Once the novelty of the new stadium wears off, it's likely the team will have to be in playoff contention to come close to having regular sell-outs.    &
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