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01/29/2005 4:31 PM ET

Marlins set franchise single-day sales record with Saturday's Select-A-Seat

Fans purchase more than $210,000 in season tickets

 

 

 

MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins welcomed fans to Dolphins Stadium today to select their seats for the 2005 season and fans purchased more than $210,000 in season tickets. Today's sales set a Club record, surpassing the previous single-day Select-A-Seat mark of $140,000, set in 2004.

Fans interested in purchasing a season ticket package were invited to walk through the stands as part of the event and choose their vantage point for the upcoming season.

 

Two more Select-A-Seat events will take place. The next will come on February 12, from 10:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m., when the Marlins hold FanFest, a day-long event at the stadium to give fans a behind-the-scenes look and a chance to meet some of the 2005 Marlins. The final Select-A-Seat will come on March 5, from 10:00 a.m. -- 2:00 p.m. For more information, fans can contact the Marlins Season and Group Sales Department at 1.877.MARLINS.

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Unfortunately for those of us who have been going to FanFest for years this year is going to be more of a nightmare than last year's.

 

I suppose it's a small price to pay for success of the franchise but I long for the good old days of five people standing in line to get an autograph...lolol...boy am I being selfish. :brigginbounce

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A key component to the Marlins ticket success will be corporate sales. A large % of all season tickets around MLB are purchased by a large corporate base. The Marlins must do a good job in reaching out to the corporate base in Miami & FTL. When there is a solid base of season tickets, you never see the dismal #'s that occur when the Mets play the Nationals on a cold rainy Tuesday night in April. MLB counts tickets sold, not actual fans in attendance.

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I agree about corporate sales being a large component of the season tickets sales. Hopefully the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) is completed by 2006-2007. The headquarters for the FTAA will be Miami, and many companies from around the country and Latin America will undoubtedly open up some offices in Miami. We're baseball crazy in Latin America... so hopefully those same companies will buy season tickets in the BRAND NEW STADIUM so their employers and clients can go to games.

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01/29/2005 6:18 PM ET

Marlins set Select-A-Seat record

Signing of Delgado sparks intense fan interest

By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com

 

 

Saturday's sales record was set at a season ticket event at Dolpins Stadium. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

 

 

 

? Official Marlins press release

 

 

MIAMI -- Fresh off the marquee signing of slugger Carlos Delgado, the Marlins have become the toast of South Florida.

An re-energized fan base demonstrated their interest in Marlins baseball again on Saturday, setting a team single-day Select-A-Seat sales mark.

 

The Marlins announced that Saturday's event at Dolphins Stadium ended with more than $210,000 in season tickets being purchased. The previous Select-A-Seat high was $140,000, set in 2004.

 

The bump in season ticket sales comes on the heels of Delgado signing the richest contract in franchise history, $52 million over four years.

 

The Marlins have two more Select-A-Seat events scheduled. Next up is Feb. 12, at the annual FanFest at Dolphins Stadium, which will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m ET.

 

Based on the growing fan support, it is likely that FanFest will top the $210,000 in ticket sales posted Saturday.

 

The final Select-A-Seat will take place on March 5, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. More information on tickets is available on Floridamarlins.com as well as by calling 1-877-MARLINS.

 

The addition of Delgado has made the Marlins one of the favorites in the National League East. On Wednesday, the day after Delgado agreed to sign with the Marlins, the team accumulated $150,000 in season-ticket revenue.

 

The team did not break down how many season ticket plans that is exactly. But the club expects to top last year's season-ticket figure of around 10,000. While the Marlins have various ticket plans, they quantify their season tickets by the number that is the equivalent of a full season plan.

 

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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any of u guys know when the yankees come down here???so we can see them get their butts kicked.. :D

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Maybe in 2008...if we are lucky.

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i know they play them this year, but do they play here or in new york???

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Only in Spring Training. The Yankees are in the American League, the Marlins are in the National League. The Interleague this year is only the Rays, Mariners, Rangers, and Angels (in Anaheim).

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any of u guys know when the yankees come down here???so we can see them get their butts kicked.. :D

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Maybe in 2008...if we are lucky.

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i know they play them this year, but do they play here or in new york???

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Only in Spring Training. The Yankees are in the American League, the Marlins are in the National League. The Interleague this year is only the Rays, Mariners, Rangers, and Angels (in Anaheim).

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thanks for the clarification

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