he 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 during 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 May17-19 games against Arizona.
Marlins representative P.J. Loyello said the team has not decided whether to close the upper bowl for all Monday-through-Thursday home games, and decisions will be made before each homestand. About 10,000 of the stadium’s 37,442 seats are in the upper bowl.
Closing the upper bowl for some games “will give an overall better fan experience,” Loyello said, adding from a standpoint of concessions, restrooms and other services, “it will be better for fans” than if they were scattered in a larger area.
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