For anyone who had bet the over on “Will the Miami Marlins‘ stadium honeymoon last more than a week?”, things aren’t looking great for either you or the Marlins. After selling out all 36,600 seats for their opening game on April 4, the Marlins’ attendance over the weekend looked like this: 30,169, 31,659, 34,232.
Now, that’s not chicken feed, especially for a series against the Houston Astros, whose best-known player is … okay, I can’t actually name a single member of the Houston Astros. And it’s nearly double their pace from last year, even if you give them credit for the numbers that they reported to the league, not the meager number of fans who actually showed up to games. Still, it’s worth noting that when the Minnesota Twins opened Target Field in 2010, they didn’t fail to sell out a game until 2011. So it’s not exactly an auspicious beginning in Miami when they can’t fill the place even with curiosity-seekers hoping to get a look at either the roof or Jose Reyes’ .238 batting average.
On the other hand, though, maybe Marlins fans really did retroactively avoid buying tickets to the first weekend series because they were mad at manager Ozzie Guillen for saying nice things about Fidel Castro. Or maybe the sellouts will commence now that everyone has gotten a look at the Red Grooms home run sculpture in action. Anything is possible.