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Marlins Selling Several Hundred Season Tickets A Day In Wake Of Signings
Published December 14, 2011
OPEN HOUSE: The Marlins said that they "expect to have their certificate of occupancy in a few weeks, and will be allowed to begin holding events at the ballpark when they get it." WTVJ-NBC's Franklin & Tester noted "several sections of the ballpark are sold out, including the MVP Suites, Diamond Club seats and Championship Suites. Marlins Dir of Business Communications Carolina Perrina said that "only 20 of 296 seats still remain behind the first and third base areas" (NBCMIAMI.com, 12/13). In Miami, Viglucci, Rabin & Mazzei report Miami-Dade County’s inspector general is "asking questions about the integrity of structural elements of the sliding roof on the new Miami Marlins stadium in Little Havana, after learning that a subcontractor allegedly falsified inspection reports on some critical welds." Samson said yesterday that the team "welcomed the IG's review." He said, "We want inspections. That's great for us. I hope he's looking at everything in the ballpark -- everything" (MIAMI HERALD, 12/14).
LOCAL FLAVOR: The SUN-SENTINEL's Davis noted three restaurants with "deep roots in the community will be serving local fare in the Taste of Miami area on the Promenade level on the third base side: Papo Llega y Pon, Latin American Grill and Don Camaron." Marlins Exec VP/Ballpark Development Claude Delorme said, "Each concept will feature a specialty item, including seafood, pork sandwiches and Cuban sandwiches. It is important that we provide a unique experience for our fans" (SUN-SENTINEL.com 12/13). In Miami, Barry Jackson notes the Marlins will "announce soon that a high-school baseball matchup between Columbus and Belen will be the first game played at their new ballpark, at 7 p.m. on March 5." Though the stadium "seats nearly 37,000, capacity for the high-school game will be 5,000." Each school will be "responsible to sell 2,500 tickets." The Marlins will "hold at least five events at the new stadium before the April 4 regular-season opener against" (MIAMI HERALD, 12/14).