Morning, all. We took in a game at Marlins Park a couple weeks ago and it isn't bad as ballparks go. Sure, it do with less teal but otherwise, good food and great seats.
I live in Miami about half of the year and despite having spent a lifetime travelling around to different ballparks (at least 21 of them) I have not visited the new Miami Marlin Stadium and never will. I even turn down very easy to score free tickets often offered to me, even when the Dodgers are in town. Why? The people of Miami voted down financing the stadium twice in referendums but the mayor found a way to push it through anyway. The decision was so unpopular that a recall election was held and despite the fact that the mayor had been popular enough to get elected in the first place, 87% of people voted to recall him. Do you know how hard it is to get 87% of the people to agree on anything?
Despite having promised not to do so, almost as soon as the park was finished Jeffrey Loria started dumping players and soon got back to the position he is most comfortable in - the lowest payroll. The team draws flies as it always has but Loria laughs all the way to the bank leaching revenue sharing from other teams and the Marlins are one of the most profitable franchises. If the ex-mayor does not have a well hidden bribe stashed away he is an even bigger putz than I think he is. The contract he signed was so ridiculously one-sided that even though the Marlins didn't build the park or own it, when events happen there that actually draw crowds, like concerts and soccer games, the Marlins get big revenue from them.
If none of that is enough to get you to stay away, ponder this. The park was built in a poor, mostly Cuban neighborhood. The homes there do not have garages and the people park their car in front of their own homes on the street. When the park was built, very little parking was built with it so on the occasions when there are actually crowds (opening day and concerts etc.) the parking capacity is easily over-stripped. They passed a law making it illegal for those poor people to park in front of their own homes on those event days to make room for the customers. Instead, the poor people are being forced to park two miles away and walk home.
I ask you to never in any was support the Marlins or attend a game in their park even if offered a ticket for free.