How bad are things when the Miami Marlins have to sell opening day tickets on Groupon? Seriously, if you have to discount opening day tickets, why even have a franchise? But that’s exactly what the organization is doing.
You can buy a home plate box seat for $45. That ticket normally costs $77. Don’t have a bunch of cash laying around and want to save some for beer money? Get a bullpen reserved seat for $20. That’s normally a $42 seat. That’s 52% off!
That’s right, half-price tickets to opening day.
The Marlins averaged 27,400 fans per game in 2012, the first year for Marlins Park. But we all know what happened to the roster in the offseason. Ricky Nolasco is the Marlins highest paid player – $9M. Placido Polanco is the highest paid position player. He’s 37. There is only one player that fans even care about – Giancarlo Stanton.
Add it all up and you have a Groupon.
The only attraction the Marlins can really hang their hats on would be the Clevelander bar in left-center. Ironically, that ticket on opening day will cost $75.