Monday, September 13, 2004

Storms hurt attendance

The Miami Herald
Sept. 12, 2004

CHICAGO - The nomadic Marlins will fall short of attendance projections this season due to the loss of no fewer than three ''home'' games that are being played this week in Chicago because of hurricane weather in South Florida.

''We have lost significant numbers,'' Marlins president David Samson said Saturday. ``We were hoping to get between 1.8 million and 2 million fans this year. Think about what was lost.''
The Marlins were counting on crowds approaching 45,000 fans for each of the three games against the Cubs at Pro Player Stadium last weekend that were wiped out by Hurricane Frances. Samson said gloomy weather also reduced the size of crowds for the team's midweek series with the Mets.

''The next series [against the Mets] was going to be 20,000 to 25,000 minimum,'' Samson said, ``and we ended up getting 14,000, 14,000 and 13,000.''

The Marlins, who could play as many 11 games (albeit four of those contained in two doubleheaders) at Pro Player between now and the end of the regular season, have totaled close to 1.5 million in home attendance so far.

Read the entire article here on the Miami Herald website.