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The Marlins Get your Marlins Tickets now!' lengthy odyssey to build a ballpark suitable for baseball is over with the opening of their state-of-the-art facility in Little Havana. For fans, the journey is just beginning.

 

Anxiety about transportation and parking in a congested urban setting is high as Marlins Park plays host to the first crowds of 25,000 and larger for exhibitions Sunday and Monday against the New York Yankees. Those are appetizers to Wednesday's sellout opening night of 37,400.

 

The Marlins attempted to ease concerns by announcing Saturday that about 3,000 additional parking spaces have been identified in 14 off-site lots (see below). Eleven are within a mile of the ballpark, with those more distant offering shuttle service.

 

The advice from the Marlins and Miami parking officials: Arrive early and have a plan.

 

Be advised that the four ballpark garages are sold out for the three games. Anyone without a prepaid parking pass will need to revert to Plan B. Or Plan C or D.

 

Start by visiting Marlins.com/parking for maps and transportation and parking options. Garage parking passes can be purchased for games after the opener for $15.

 

"It's going to take people some time to get used to. It's just a natural learning curve that occurs," said Art Noriega, head of the Miami Parking Authority. "Ultimately, people are going to develop a pattern and figure out what works for them."

 

Hardly reassuring, but that was the case when the Dolphins and Hurricanes played at the Orange Bowl on the same site. Marlins Park has half the capacity and twice as much on-site parking as the Orange Bowl had. It also brings a different dynamic with 81 games a season, many of them on weeknights.

 

For Marlins fans it is a huge culture shift from Sun Life Stadium, where ample parking and easy access were the only advantages over the new park.

 

"People are used to getting to our games at 7:03 and getting into their seats at 7:05. That's over because there's going to be so many more fans," Marlins President David Samson said.

 

There are appealing reasons to arrive early for this week's games, which will have a big-event atmosphere. Get acquainted with the ambience of the park: Check out the bobblehead museum and sample a lime 'n' lobster roll, shrimp burger or mahi taco — or a SoBe dog served on a toasted bun.

 

First up Sunday afternoon and Monday night is the chance to see baseball's most storied team help baptize the most unconventional ballpark. The Yankees have done that before, as they played in the first exhibition in the Houston Astrodome on April 9, 1965. Mickey Mantle hit baseball's first homer under dome.

 

Will A-Rod or some other Yankee bopper clang one off the home run sculpture in center field? Or will Giancarlo Stanton or Hanley Ramirez be the first Marlins to set off the wild home run celebration of spinning marlins and flapping flamingos?

 

On Wednesday, music and other pregame activities begin about 4 p.m. on the West Plaza. A pregame show produced by Emilio Estefan will start about an hour before the game. But first there is the matter of getting there.

 

Angst about access and parking was heightened before a Marlins exhibition against Florida International a few weeks ago with a crowd of 15,000 when a wreck contributed to a backup on the Dolphin Expressway, and lines at the garages overflowed with fans believing they were open for general admission.

 

Noriega said there will be considerably more police and event staff providing direction beginning this weekend, and those with prepaid passes will proceed to specific garages.

 

"None of that will be perfect for the first game. I think it will be much better [than the FIU exhibition], and as people develop a pattern for themselves those issues will get more comfortable," Noriega said. "We had all kinds of issues when they opened the AmericanAirlines Arena downtown. Now you go to a Heat game and there's a system to it."

 

Some will pay to park on nearby residents' lawns and driveways as Dolphins and Hurricanes fans did for the Orange Bowl. Another option is to park north of the Miami River in lots near the Civic Center and in the health district along Northwest 12th Avenue and ride free trolleys to the game.

There will also be a shuttle service from Metrorail's Culmer Station.

 

"There's 8,000 spaces within three-quarters of a mile, whether lawn parking, street parking of business parking," Samson said.

 

Here are the new lots specified Saturday: Kristi House Lot, 1355 NW 12th Ave; Civic Center Jury Lot, 1255 NW 11th St.; Civic Center Lot 26, 1355 NW 12th St.; Mahi Shrine Parking,1480 NW North River Dr.; Highland Park Garage, 1801 NW 9th Ave.; Park Plaza East Garage, 901 NW 17th St.; RAD Property, 1001 NW 7th St.; Lyons Lot, 1250 NW 7th St.; Cardona Medical Center, 1390 NW 7th St.; Robert King High, 1401 NW 7th St.; Walgreens, 1699 NW 7th St.; St. John Bosco Church, 1358 NW 1th St.; Suntrust Bank, 100 NW 12th Ave.; Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave.

 

Entrepreneurs are expected to help fill the void. ParkWhiz.com is selling spaces in several lots with prices ranging from $22 to $33. BallgameExpress.com will be running buses from bars in Broward and Palm Beach counties during the season.

 

For anyone who wants to scout routes and parking choices and get an early look at the Marlins, the team's workout from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday will be open to the public. Garages will be open. In addition, a limited number of standing-room tickets for Wednesday's opener will go on sale for $25 at the ballpark box office at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Naysayers are predicting that traffic and parking woes will replace rain and heat as reasons for not going to Marlins games. Noriega said there will be growing pains but access issues shouldn't interfere with the enjoyment of the ballpark.

 

"The only thing that will keep the Marlins from doing well is if they don't win. I think it will come down to the success of the team," he said. "I think the experience is going to be a lot of fun. The baseball stadium itself is such a monumental improvement over what baseball fans have experienced at the old stadium."

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http://www.sun-senti...,0,523059.story

 

The Marlins Get your Marlins Tickets now!' lengthy odyssey ...

 

...For anyone who wants to scout routes and parking choices and get an early look at the Marlins, the team's workout from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday will be open to the public. Garages will be open. In addition, a limited number of standing-room tickets for Wednesday's opener will go on sale for $25 at the ballpark box office at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Naysayers are predicting that traffic and parking woes will replace rain and heat as reasons for not going to Marlins games. Noriega said there will be growing pains but access issues shouldn't interfere with the enjoyment of the ballpark.

 

"The only thing that will keep the Marlins from doing well is if they don't win. I think it will come down to the success of the team," he said. "I think the experience is going to be a lot of fun. The baseball stadium itself is such a monumental improvement over what baseball fans have experienced at the old stadium."

 

 

Thats a huge risk if you are willing to take those "standing room only" tickets.

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http://www.sun-senti...,0,523059.story

 

The Marlins Get your Marlins Tickets now!' lengthy odyssey ...

 

...For anyone who wants to scout routes and parking choices and get an early look at the Marlins, the team's workout from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday will be open to the public. Garages will be open. In addition, a limited number of standing-room tickets for Wednesday's opener will go on sale for $25 at the ballpark box office at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Naysayers are predicting that traffic and parking woes will replace rain and heat as reasons for not going to Marlins games. Noriega said there will be growing pains but access issues shouldn't interfere with the enjoyment of the ballpark.

 

"The only thing that will keep the Marlins from doing well is if they don't win. I think it will come down to the success of the team," he said. "I think the experience is going to be a lot of fun. The baseball stadium itself is such a monumental improvement over what baseball fans have experienced at the old stadium."

 

 

Thats a huge risk if you are willing to take those "standing room only" tickets.

 

Well it's the only option for those who can't afford to blow hundreds on one night of baseball. It's either that or watch at home, but at least you're in the ballpark.

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http://www.sun-senti...,0,523059.story

 

The Marlins Get your Marlins Tickets now!' lengthy odyssey ...

 

...For anyone who wants to scout routes and parking choices and get an early look at the Marlins, the team's workout from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday will be open to the public. Garages will be open. In addition, a limited number of standing-room tickets for Wednesday's opener will go on sale for $25 at the ballpark box office at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Naysayers are predicting that traffic and parking woes will replace rain and heat as reasons for not going to Marlins games. Noriega said there will be growing pains but access issues shouldn't interfere with the enjoyment of the ballpark.

 

"The only thing that will keep the Marlins from doing well is if they don't win. I think it will come down to the success of the team," he said. "I think the experience is going to be a lot of fun. The baseball stadium itself is such a monumental improvement over what baseball fans have experienced at the old stadium."

 

 

Thats a huge risk if you are willing to take those "standing room only" tickets.

 

Well it's the only option for those who can't afford to blow hundreds on one night of baseball. It's either that or watch at home, but at least you're in the ballpark.

 

Im guessing anyone who is interested in these should probably start making the line at around 3:30-4:00pm, just so you're guaranteed a ticket. Otherwise, it sucks driving all the way over there just to find out tickets are sold out :(

 

Unless of course there are flatscreens and a good atmosphere to watch the game from outside the stadium. Which if you think about it, it's what Boston and Chicago (Cubs) has going for them- is that if you can't get any tickets, just walking across the street you can find a bar that's going to be showing the game and a great (albeit annoying fans) baseball atmosphere.

 

I only wish that area of the ballpark is developed in the future to provide this kind of atmosphere.

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$25 for standing room is pretty sweet. There are plenty of places to sit for a bit and have a drink. At the fiu game, people were standing around talking to friends and they had seats. The ballpark really invites you to do that.

 

 

But that's for people who had tickets, I'm talking about people who don't have tickets/ sold out and can't get in the ballpark.

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$25 for standing room is pretty sweet. There are plenty of places to sit for a bit and have a drink. At the fiu game, people were standing around talking to friends and they had seats. The ballpark really invites you to do that.

 

 

But that's for people who had tickets, I'm talking about people who don't have tickets/ sold out and can't get in the ballpark.

Wait...what? So they are for people who already have tickets to that game? How does that make sense?

 

IDK, I'm confused too.

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Lime and lobster roll? :patriot :wee

 

They were trying some new menu items at RDS this year. We were thinking it might be a check out thing for the new park. This one wasn't on it, but the mahi-mahi tacos were. They didn't have shrimp burgers, but they had a shrimp po'boy that was pretty good.

 

We tried the steak sandwiches at FanFest. Not bad.

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$25 for standing room is pretty sweet. There are plenty of places to sit for a bit and have a drink. At the fiu game, people were standing around talking to friends and they had seats. The ballpark really invites you to do that.

 

 

But that's for people who had tickets, I'm talking about people who don't have tickets/ sold out and can't get in the ballpark.

Wait...what? So they are for people who already have tickets to that game? How does that make sense?

 

IDK, I'm confused too.

 

The tickets the Marlins are offering for $25 are simply standing-room-only. You buy one, it gets you in the building for Opening Day and you can find a place to hang out and watch from the concourse, but that's about it.

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$25 for standing room is pretty sweet. There are plenty of places to sit for a bit and have a drink. At the fiu game, people were standing around talking to friends and they had seats. The ballpark really invites you to do that.

 

 

But that's for people who had tickets, I'm talking about people who don't have tickets/ sold out and can't get in the ballpark.

Wait...what? So they are for people who already have tickets to that game? How does that make sense?

 

IDK, I'm confused too.

 

The tickets the Marlins are offering for $25 are simply standing-room-only. You buy one, it gets you in the building for Opening Day and you can find a place to hang out and watch from the concourse, but that's about it.

 

I see. My point is, that's a big risk to take if they are sold out because it's not like Chicago or Boston where you can just hand out around the ballpark and go to a bar to watch the game.

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The standing room only seats are on sale Tuesday at 5PM, what risk is there to take then?

 

If you don't get the tickets, atleast you walk inside at 6PM and see them workout before Wednesdays Opening night.

 

 

Wow thanks for clearing this up for me, I thought the tickets went on sale the day of.

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