The Miami Marlins today announced that Hall of Fame quarterback and Miami Dolphin legend Dan Marino will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Marlins’ Opening Night game on Monday, March 31 (7:05 p.m.) at Marlins Park.
“We are honored to welcome back Dan Marino to the site where he began his hall-of-fame professional career,” said Marlins President, David Samson. “There is no better way to start a season at Marlins Park than with a pass from this South Florida sports icon.”
Marino enjoyed a 17-year NFL career, all with the Miami Dolphins, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. The 1983 NFL Rookie of the Year was named to the Pro Bowl on nine occasions. He was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player (1984), Offensive Player of the Year (‘84), Comeback Player of the Year (’94), AFC Player of the Year (‘84, ’94) and Walter Payton Man of the Year (‘98). Marino was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the fourth round of the 1979 First-Year Player Draft, but decided to play football at the University of Pittsburgh instead.
In addition to Marino throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, Opening Night festivities include KC, from KC and the Sunshine Band, singing the national anthem, a special celebrity Opening Night video and an in-game celebration honoring Henderson Alvarez’s no-hitter, the fifth in Club history. Following the game, all fans are encouraged to remain in their seats to enjoy a free fireworks show presented by Pepsi.
All fans attending Opening Night will receive a 2014 magnetic schedule courtesy of Miccosukee Resort and Gaming and a Jose’s Heroes ‘K’ card. Tickets to the season opener are available at Marlins Park North Ticket Office, online at www.marlins.com or by calling 1-877-MARLINS.
The Marlins have announced a transition to paperless ticketing, a transformative technological advancement that will allow fans a level of convenience unprecedented in the South Florida market. Marlins fans will now have the ability to access their tickets, scan into Marlins Park and even transfer their tickets to others, in a Mobile environment using their smartphones and tablets.
“Accessing and managing tickets in this manner is a groundbreaking enrichment to the fan experience that puts the power in the palm of the fans’ hands and is one we are thrilled to provide for South Florida fans,” said Sean Flynn, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Event Booking. “Never again will fans have to worry about forgetting their tickets at home, meeting with friends to pick up their tickets or about leaving tickets for a family member under a doormat.”
“Paperless ticketing and Mobile ticket management are part of the Marlins’ efforts to transform the fan experience through the application of innovative technology,” said Alex Buznego, Director of Business and Digital Innovation. “As a community, Miami is quickly becoming a major Technology hub in our region and the Marlins are proud to be on the leading edge of this movement.”
Marlins Park is well-prepared to handle the transition to Mobile ticketing as it is already equipped with complimentary mobile device charging stations, high-density Wi-Fi, as well as sophisticated signal amplification systems for the five largest carriers in the South Florida area, all of which provide fans with unique capabilities for the South Florida market.
The transition to paperless ticketing also serves as a continuation of the Marlins’ commitment to the environment, as evidenced by Marlins Park’s distinction as the only LEED-certified retractable roof building in the world. More about the Marlins’ commitment to the environment can be found at Marlins.com/MarlinsPark.
The Club has partnered with Tickets.com and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) to launch the features through the MLB.com “At the Ballpark” mobile app. The MLB.com “At the Ballpark” app already features interactive ballpark maps, live food ordering and also new for 2014, Season Ticket Holders will be able to access the Rewards Plus Season Ticket Loyalty Program. For additional information, please visit MarlinsRewardsPlus.com.
On Monday home games in 2014 (including Opening Night on March 31), the popular All You Can Eat Seats return for just $22 in the Home Run Porch or $32 in the Lexus Legends Level. The All You Can Eat Seats include a game ticket and unlimited Kayem Beef Franks, Peanuts, Popcorn, Nachos, Pepsi Soft drinks and Aquafina Water. The offer will be available online, at the Marlins Park Ticket Office, or for groups of 20 or more by calling 305-480-2523, or visiting marlins.com/groups. Also on Mondays in 2014 (excluding Opening Night), all active and retired military personnel, veterans, first responders, military civilians and their spouses and children (up to 4 family members) can take advantage of complimentary tickets with the South Florida Heroes Mondays promotion. The South Florida Heroes Monday offer is available on the day of game only, beginning two hours prior to the scheduled first pitch. Fans must present a valid ID at the Marlins Park East Ticket Office. Additionally, GovX Members (which include military, police, fire, EMS, first responders and government agencies), can take advantage of a Buy One Ticket, Get the Second 50% Off special offer on all Monday through Thursday home games in 2014 (excluding Opening Night). For more information see the GovX special offer at marlins.com.
With Miami Herald Half Price Tuesdays, fans can purchase tickets in the Lexus Legends Level, Baseline Reserved, Bullpen Reserved and Home Run Porch for half their regular price on any Tuesday home game in 2014. Fans can purchase up to 8 tickets per transaction, online at marlins.com or at the Marlins Park ticket office. This offer is also available for groups of 20 or more by calling (305) 480-2523 or visiting marlins.com/groups.
On Kids Eat Free Wednesday Nights, all kids 12 and under can eat free (excludes Wednesday matinee games on May 7, June 18, July 30 and Aug. 20). The Kids Eat Free Wednesday Nights promotion is valid for all seating categories in the ballpark. Each child 12 and under will receive a voucher at the ballpark entrance for a free Kayem Beef Frank, a bag of Frito Lay chips and a small Pepsi or Aquafina water, redeemable at any Fan Feast or D’ Town Favorites concession stand in the ballpark. Also on Wednesdays, fans can take advantage of the Chevron “Crazy 8’s” Ticket Offer and get $8 Bullpen Reserved or $18 Home Plate Box tickets to any Wednesday home game in 2014 with the purchase of eight (8) gallons or more from any participating South Florida Chevron station. Fans can present their registered receipt at the Marlins Park Ticket Office to receive this offer or go to marlins.com/chevron for more details.
A new promotion, Marlins Cap Thursday Nights (for groups only), will provide fans with a take home gift from their Marlins experience. Fans will receive a Marlins baseball cap for every group ticket purchased (except for April 3 & May 22 games). This promotion excludes premium seating, Suite Rentals, Bullpen Zone, Budweiser Balcony and Clevelander Seating. Also on Thursdays, fans age 55 and older can take advantage of the Seniors Free Ticket Thursdays promotion presented by Wellmax Medical Centers and receive a complimentary ticket to any Thursday home game in 2014. Valid identification must be shown at the Marlins Park East Ticket Office at the designated window on the day of game only, beginning two hours prior to scheduled first pitch. Tickets will be based on the best available seating, not to exceed Baseline Reserved.
Weekends will be highlighted by several promotions and events, beginning with Fireworks Fridays, which features a pregame party on the West Plaza, including radio broadcasts and appearances, live music on the stage, Marlins Energy Team performances, sponsor activation areas with interactive displays and entertainment for all ages. Immediately following the game, fans can enjoy a fireworks show over Marlins Park from the comfort of their seats.
Saturday Spectaculars return this season and will include a pregame party on the West Plaza featuring live music on the main stage, appearances from the Marlins Sea Creatures, interactive displays and entertainment for all ages. Eight of the 13 Saturday Spectacular home games (7:10 p.m. games only) will feature a post-game party at The Clevelander at Marlins Park, on the East Plaza, with local and regional DJs, drink specials and entertainment for all fans. The remaining five Saturday Spectacular home games (May 24 and 31, June 14, 21, and 28) return the popular West Plaza post-game concerts with national recording artists, plus food and beverage kiosks, appearances from The Energy Team and more. A full schedule of artists will be released on marlins.com and marlinsbeisbol.com closer to the start of the season. The All You Can Eat Seats will also be available on Saturday Spectaculars, for just $27 in Home Run Porch or $37 in the Lexus Legends Level. Like Mondays, menu items will include Kayem Beef Franks, Peanuts, Popcorn, Nachos, Pepsi Sodas and Aquafina Water. Fans will be able to claim their food and beverages from concession stands at Section 205 for the Lexus Legends Level guests and section 36 in centerfield for the Home Run Porch. The offer will be available online, at the Marlins Park Ticket Office, or for groups of 20 or more by calling 305-480-2523 or visiting marlins.com/groups.
All 13 Sunday home games in 2014 will be designated as Marlins Family Sundays. Activities will include appearances with music, games and prizes from Radio Disney AM 990, face painters, interactive games, Selfie Snapshot Sunday photo opportunities with players and more. Fans can get a photo with a Marlins player at Selfie Snapshot Sunday in the New Era Team Store on the West Plaza. All kids 12 and under can run the bases in Diamond Dash after all Sunday games. The Pepsi 4-for-$54 Pack is back for Marlins Family Sundays, with packages available in the Lexus Legends Level, Baseline Reserved and Home Run Porch. The Pepsi 4-for-$54 Pack includes four (4) tickets, four (4) Kayem Beef Franks and four (4) Pepsi soft drinks, starting at just $54. This promotion will be available online, at the Marlins Park Ticket Office, or for groups of 20 or more by calling 305-480-2523 or visiting marlins.com/groups. Hot dog and Pepsi vouchers will be printed with the tickets and redeemable at any Fan Fest concession stand on the day of the game only. All Marlins Family Sunday home games will also include a Marlins giveaway item. A full list of scheduled giveaways can be found below and at marlins.com or marlinsbeisbol.com.
Season Ticket Seating Info
An all new seating section and ticket package was released for the 2014 season. The Jose’s Heroes section at Marlins Park is one of the best new fan areas in Major League Baseball. Jose’s Heroes seats will be in the Bullpen Reserved sections in Left Field, above the Clevelander at Marlins Park (Sec. 29-32). Fans can purchase these tickets through:
- Season Ticket Plan for $499:
- Offer includes tickets to all 81 games, all 6 commemorative Jose’s Heroes t-shirts, K-Cards and an invitation to an exclusive Meet & Greet with Jose Fernandez.
- Group tickets:
- Bring your group of 20 or more to any Jose’s Heroes game in which Jose starts for the Marlins. Each ticket is $16 and includes that month’s commemorative Jose’s Heroes t-shirt for every group ticket purchased.
- Single game tickets:
- Join the fun and purchase a ticket in the Jose’s Heroes section. Tickets can be purchased online at marlins.com or at the Marlins Park Ticket Office. Fans who attend all of Jose’s home starts will receive an invitation to the exclusive Meet & Greet with Jose.
Also this season, Businessperson Specials will be offered for groups on weekday matinee games. Matinee games are ideal for entertaining clients, hosting meetings or simply enjoying an employee lunch at the ballpark. Each Businessperson Specials group ticket includes $10-$20 in concessions credit or a customized hospitality event suited for your group. This offer is available for weekday matinee games only and excludes Premium Seating, Suite Rentals, Bullpen Zone, Budweiser Balcony and Clevelander Seating.
Single game tickets for the 2014 season go on sale this Saturday, February 15, at 10 A.M. at Marlins Park during the T-Mobile Miami Marlins Winter Warm-Up (10AM-2PM), and online beginning at 10 A.M. at marlins.com and marlinsbeisbol.com. The T-Mobile Miami Marlins Winter Warm-Up will also give fans an opportunity to meet Marlins players, get autographs and enjoy live music, games, rides and activities for the entire family.
The Miami Marlins today announced the creation of the “Jose’s Heroes” fan zone in recognition of the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year, Jose Fernandez. The exciting, new and energetic fan zone will be located in the left field Bullpen Reserved, sections 29-32. Fans can purchase a Jose’s Heroes full season ticket package (all 81 home games, including Opening Night) for just $499 per seat.
As part of the added value to this great opportunity, fans who purchase this package will receive one Jose’s Heroes t-shirt per month throughout the season to wear during a Fernandez start, one “K card” per game to cheer on Jose with every strikeout and one Meet and Greet opportunity with Jose in 2014. Fans will be encouraged to make signs, dress up as their favorite heroes and create a wild and crazy energetic fan atmosphere in this area at the left field porch.
The Winter Warm-Up is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 15. Fans can sit in and select their seats for the 2014 season through a variety of new season ticket plans, including Full Season, the 41-Game Weekend Plan, the 40-Game Business Plan, the 28-Game Weekend Plan, the 15-Game Saturday Plan, the 13-Game Sunday Plan and the new Jose’s Heroes season ticket package. Single game tickets will go on sale for the 2014 season beginning at 10 a.m. at the Marlins Park Ticket Office, and online at marlins.com and marlinsbeisbol.com. Plus, fans can enjoy a fun-filled day with player autograph stations, the T-Mobile Phone A Friend booth, live music and entertainment, a Sports Card and Memorabilia Show, ballpark food and beverages, and activities for the entire family. Also during the Winter Warm-Up, there will be a game played on the field by children from the Miracle League of Miami beginning at 10 a.m. In addition, all current Season Ticket Holders and Group Leaders will be invited to exclusive events, including a private autograph session and a special Chalk Talk session with President of Baseball Operations, Michael Hill and VP/General Manager, Dan Jennings. For more information on purchasing a season ticket plan, go to marlins.com/seasontickets.
For additional information on the new Jose’s Heroes Fan Zone, please visit marlins.com/JosesHeroes. For additional information about the T-Mobile Miami Marlins Winter Warm-Up, please visit marlins.com/WinterWarmUp.
Week-long celebration highlighted by Player visits in the community, Jack McKeon Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic and T-Mobile Miami Marlins Winter Warm-Up
The Miami Marlins will kick off its Marlins Ayudan Week 2014 on Friday, February 7th with a visit to Key West for the Chas Freeman Memorial Preseason Classic, featuring Key West vs. Somerset Academy at Rex Weech Field.
The week of community engagement will continue throughout the week with visits to local schools, little leagues, senior centers and corporate partners, as well as a firehouse adoption, and several events at Marlins Park, including an RBI Clinic, a Marlins Partner School educational tour, and a Season Ticket Holder Batting Practice. Ayudan Week will culminate the following weekend with several events, including the T-Mobile Miami Marlins Winter Warm-Up at Marlins Park on Saturday, February 15th, as well as the Miami International Boat Show and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival on Sunday, February 16th.
Marlins Ayudan Week 2014 will engage the community through outreach events and one of the Marlins Foundation’s signature annual events, the Jack McKeon Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic taking place at Crandon Golf Course on February 12th. For the first time, the Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic will pay homage to former Marlins manager and 2003 World Series Champion, Jack McKeon. Limited foursomes and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information about the Jack McKeon Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic, go to www.marlins.com/golf.
The week is highlighted by the T-Mobile Miami Marlins Winter Warm-Up on Saturday, February 15th. The Winter Warm Up is free and open to the public from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Fans can sit in and select their seats for the 2014 season through a variety of new season ticket plans, including Full Season, the 41-Game Weekend Plan, the 40-Game Business Plan, the 28-Game Weekend Plan, the 15-Game Saturday Plan and the 13-Game Sunday Plan. Also on sale for the first time will be the Jose’s Heroes Season Ticket Package, which features all 81 games in the new Jose’s Heroes section, plus six commemorative Jose’s Heroes t-shirts, K-Cards and an exclusive Meet & Greet with Jose at the end of the season, all for just $499. Single game tickets will also go on sale for the 2014 season beginning at 10 A.M. at the Marlins Park Ticket Office, and online at marlins.com and marlinsbeisbol.com. Plus, fans can enjoy a fun-filled day with player autograph stations, the T-Mobile Phone A Friend booth in which Marlins players will make phone calls to fans, live music and entertainment, live broadcasts from the Marlins’ flagship radio stations: 940 WINZ Miami’s Sports Station (English) and Radio Mambi 710AM (Spanish), a Sports Card and Memorabilia Show, ballpark food and beverages, and activities for the entire family. Also during the Winter Warm-Up, there will be a game played on the field by children from the Miracle League beginning at 10:00 a.m. In addition, all current Season Ticket Holders and Group Leaders will be invited to exclusive events, including a private autograph session and a special Chalk Talk session with President of Baseball Operations, Michael Hill and VP/General Manager, Dan Jennings. For more information on purchasing a season ticket plan, go to www.marlins.com/ticketss.
For additional information on the 2014 Marlins Ayudan Week and the T-Mobile Miami Marlins Winter Warm-Up, including a schedule of events and ticket information, please visit the team’s official websites at www.marlins.com or www.marlinsbeisbol.com. Marlins Ayudan Week schedule below. Dates, times, locations and players are subject to change.
Students from Hialeah Gardens High School, including members of the local RBI program, joined MLB Grounds Crew members from across the league, representatives from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, executives from the Miami Marlins, Hialeah Gardens High School faculty and local dignitaries in a ribbon cutting ceremony introducing the newly renovated field Tuesday, January 28 at Hialeah Gardens High School.
Funds for the renovation were granted by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and the Miami Marlins. Donations were made by MLB Groundskeepers Conference sponsors, The Toro Company, Turface Athletics and Covermaster Incorporated, as well as local vendors.
“The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is honored to collaborate with the Miami Marlins, MLB Groundskeepers, The Toro Company, Covermaster and Turface Athletics in a field renovation to support the growth of youth baseball,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “We are pleased to support not only the Hialeah Gardens High School and local RBI teams, but all players who will benefit from a safe, quality field.”
“The Miami Marlins are proud of the partnership that made this baseball field renovation possible,” said Marlins President David Samson. “This is another great example of Major League Baseball having a lasting presence in South Florida.”
Team will visit Kuwait, Oman and United Arab Emirates during seven day tour
The Marlins organization is set to visit U.S. troops stationed in Kuwait, Oman and United Arab Emirates from January 27 through February 3, 2014. The tour, organized by Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE), will mark the Marlins’ fifth visit to U.S. military personnel stationed overseas. This will be the second time the Marlins visit Kuwait. In 2010, the Marlins became the first Major League Baseball team to take active players to visit U.S. troops deployed overseas. At that time, the group visited military bases in Iraq and Kuwait. In early 2011 players and front office staff traveled to Bahrain, Germany and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Later that year, the Marlins visited Japan, Guam and Hawaii during a 12-day trip.
Representing the Marlins on this tour will be former Marlins Outfielder & 1997 World Series Champion Cliff Floyd, former Marlins Catcher & 1997 World Series Champion Charles Johnson, Marlins Vice President & General Manager Dan Jennings, Executive Vice President of Ballpark Operations & Events Claude Delorme, Director of Community Outreach Angela Smith and two members of the Marlins Energy Team.
The Marlins Visit to the Troops is part of an organization-wide effort to partner with the military. The Marlins recognize the great service our countrymen and women do for our nation every day and have coordinated a variety of military-friendly promotions and initiatives. These include the South Florida Heroes Mondays presented by Outback Steakhouse where military servicemen and women, veterans, police officers, firefighters and all local first responders with proper I.D. can claim free tickets at Marlins Park north ticket office. As part of South Florida Heroes Mondays, the Miami Marlins honor a current police officer, first responder, and armed forces member during games. Also, Marlins offer ticket savings to military and first responders through the Gov X Ticket Offer. The Miami Marlins also team up with Bunkers in Baghdad to provide golf equipment to military stationed overseas as well as wounded warriors and veterans at home. The Marlins are also partnering with Savannah’s Soldiers in bringing back the Letters to the Troops campaign. The Marlins also sponsor Pros vs. G.I. Joes where Miami Marlins Players play Call of Duty on XBOX 360 versus active service men and women overseas.
Throughout the tour, Marlins players, the Marlins Energy Team and front office staff will participate in activities such as baseball clinics, Energy Team Performances, meet and greets and participate in a softball game with U.S. soldiers.
Fans and media can follow the Marlins overseas at the Marlins’ “Beyond the Ballpark” blog at beyondtheballpark.mlblogs.com, website at marlins.com/troops and through the @MarlinsAyudan account on Twitter, as well as through other official Marlins social media channels: facebook.com/marlins and @marlins on Twitter.
Join former Marlins Skipper Jack McKeon and current Manager/ Event Chair Mike Redmond for a day of golf with the 2014 Miami Marlins team
The Marlins Foundation announces the Inaugural Jack McKeon Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic to be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Crandon Golf Course Key Biscayne. Previously known as the Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic, the Marlins will pay tribute to Marlins former Manager John “Jack” McKeon, a two-time National League Manager of the Year and 2003 World Series Champion.
Marlins personalities scheduled to attend include: President David Samson, President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill, Vice President and General Manager Dan Jennings, Marlins Manager Mike Redmond, along with Marlins players and other community leaders.
Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit the Miracle League of Miami-Dade County; a Marlins Charity Partner. The Miracle League is a nationally recognized baseball program for children with special needs. The mission is to provide children with developmental, intellectual, mental and/or physical challenges the opportunity to play baseball on special custom designed rubber turf fields that accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.
“We look forward to honoring Jack for his contributions to baseball in South Florida. Thanks to the generous donations of individuals and organizations, we can continue to impact the lives of children through baseball,” said Mike Redmond, Marlins Manager and Event Chair. “This event will give participants the opportunity to play alongside Marlins players as well as donate to a worthy cause.”
The daylong event will follow the below agenda:
Registration: 9:00 AM. – 10:30 AM
Shot Gun Start: 11:00 AM
Awards Dinner: 4:00 PM
Program includes healthy eating and exercise seminars, CPR training and certification
The Marlins Foundation is pleased to announce the second cycle of Compression for Life, a program that teaches heart health and provides CPR and first aid training to the youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade.
In 2012, the Marlins Foundation and Catcher Jeff Urgelles launched a CPR class for the kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Miami Dade. This program was inspired by news of Urgelles’ vital role in saving the life of a young woman who had collapsed with cardiac arrest during a Marlins away game in Arizona.
“The Compression for Life Program helps our kids understand and learn the importance of CPR.” shares Alex Rodriguez-Roig, President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade. “We’re thankful to Jeff and the Marlins for helping make our community a safer and healthier place.”
During the first year of the program, Compression for Life taught the importance of heart health to over 100 youth at the Boys & Girls Club Hank Kline Campus, and provided CPR certification for twenty Boys & Girls Clubs employees. This year, the program will continue with additional support from the local American Heart Association and 911 Education Consultants to offer Compression for Life at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade Kendall Campus.
Heart Health – Monday, January 27, 2014 4:00 PM
Teaching the importance of healthy eating and exercise and how both aspects contribute to positive heart health.
CPR Training – Monday, February 3, 2014 4:00 PM
Teaching the skills needed to provide CPR, AED and First Aid.
CPR Certification Class – Saturday, February 8, 2014 9:00 AM
Certification Ceremony – Monday, February 10, 2014 4:00 PM
Location – Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade – Kendall Campus
9475 N Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33176