Major League Baseball players are often paid in the neighborhood of $20 million or more each season. But what about paying $20 million per fan? That’s roughly what Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami are paying through the first two years of Marlins Park.
Next time you go to Marlins Park, you won’t be sitting in the nosebleed seats, at least during weekday games.
Last year at this time, the Miami Marlins were the toast of Major League Baseball and South Florida was abuzz with hope the franchise had finally turned the proverbial corner into a true contender. Just a year later, despite one of the best stadiums in baseball, the Marlins are operating about as far under the radar as any team in Major League Baseball.
The Miami Marlins will begin anew Friday as the second half of the Major League Baseball regular season gets underway. Needless to say, the Fish hope they can muster something better than their first half of the season.
The Miami Marlins and Miami-Dade County taxpayers put hundreds of millions of dollars into Marlins Park. One-third of the way through the season, attendance at the new park is improving.