The Miami Marlins have looked in the mirror and accepted their situation.
Ranking dead last in the league in home attendance isn't exactly what the team had in mind when it led the charge to open up Marlins Park last season. But this is precisely the case for the fledgling Marlins in 2013.
So, in an effort to give fans an overall better experience, the Marlins have decided to close off the upper deck for at least six games next week, and possibly more throughout the season.
From the Miami Herald:
The Marlins, whose attendance ranks last in the National League five weeks into the season, have decided to close the upper bowl at Marlins Park for at least some weeknight games – an approach the team used at times at Sun Life Stadium.
The upper bowl will be closed for six dates in the team’s nine-game homestand that begins next Tuesday. Fans can sit only in the lower bowl for games May 14-16 against Cincinnati and May 20-22 against Philadelphia. The upper bowl will remain open for May 17-19 games against Arizona.
Additionally, the team also plans to make a decision before each homestand for the rest of the season about whether to close the upper deck to fans.
This spells trouble for hundreds of stadium employees, because the move will mean fewer shifts, and ultimately less money to go around.
The Fish are averaging 18,865 fans per game in their second season at Marlins Park. This figure is less than a 100 more than the average crowd (18,772) they attracted in their final year at Sun Life Stadium.
Via Hardball Talk