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SBD/September 19, 2012/Facilities
Guillen Says Marlins Park Dimensions Not The Cause Of Team's Struggles
Published September 19, 2012
IMPROVED ATTENDANCE: In West Palm Beach, Capozzi noted the Marlins will “end their first year at Marlins Park with attendance of at least 2 million,” a mark they reached Monday. The Marlins have reached 2 million fans “just twice in franchise history," and this year's current mark of 2,002,047 is the "most since they drew 2,364,387 in 1997 at Sun Life Stadium,” the season in which the Marlins won the franchise's first World Series. The first season at Marlins Park still has been “somewhat of a disappointment because team officials had predicted average crowds of at least 30,000.” Through Sunday, the Marlins are “averaging 27,482, 12th among the NL’s 16 teams and 18th among 30 major-league teams.” However, this season has been a “huge success compared to the crowds they drew at Sun Life, where the Marlins were frequently last in the league in attendance.” Last year they averaged 19,747 (PALM BEACH POST, 9/17).