February 2011

MARLINS UNVEIL 2011 PROMOTIONS SCHEDULE

The Marlins have unveiled their 2011 promotions schedule. This season’s promotions schedule features 10 fan giveaways, 11 Super Saturday post-game concerts, two fireworks shows (Opening Night and July 4th), the monthly All-You-Can-Eat Seats, as well as several group and theme nights during the home games scheduled at Sun Life Stadium.

Weekends at the ballpark promise not to disappoint, with festivities beginning Friday home games and continuing throughout Sunday. Every Friday home game will be Jiffy Lube Fiesta Friday and will include Dominando con Los Marlins and a pregame party at the Strike Zone with a live Salsa band. Catch your Florida Marlins playing as Los Marlins and enjoy live music provided by The Marlins Pachanga Band. After the game, don’t miss the fun as the celebration continues with the 10th inning party featuring the Marlins Mermaids, Manatees and Maniacs.

Baker Concrete Super Saturdays return for the fifth consecutive season and will feature post games concerts, as well as pregame autograph sessions with Marlins players and celebrities, meet and greets with Billy the Marlin, Lil’ Billy, the Mermaids and Manatees, live entertainment and activities. Throughout the game fans will get the opportunity to participate in premium giveaways and various in-stadium promotions featured on MarlinsVision.  

Family Sundays will bring the weekend festivities to an end with pregame activities that include Radio Disney 990 AM entertainment, interactive games, bounce houses, radio station broadcasts, and Snapshot Sunday where fans can take pictures with Marlins players, Billy the Marlin and the Mermaids and enjoy a pregame performance from the Marlins  Minnows on the Strike Zone stage.  After the game, fans 12 and under will have the opportunity to run the bases in Diamond Dash.

Single game tickets on sale and can be purchased through the Florida Marlins website at www.marlins.com, The Marlins in Miami Store and at Sun Life Stadium.

MARLINS CARAVAN FOR THE TROOPS 2011

Marlins Caravan for the Troops 2011

Every year the Florida Marlins organization engages in Caravan. The purpose of the Caravan is to not only promote the upcoming season, but also to get the community involved in a good cause. Last year’s Caravan for Earth, centered itself around promoting the “Go Green” movement. This year’s Marlins Caravan for the Troops 2011, was dedicated to both the New Marlins Ballpark and those serving in our armed forces.

The week-long celebration began Monday, February 14, with a visit to the Miami Beach U.S. Coast Guard Station. Marlins players, coaches, executives, Mermaids, Manatees and Billy the Marlin, participated in the day’s festivities. The group, led by Team President David Samson, arrived by boat, took a tour of the base and signed autographs for the troops.

Next on their list was a visit to the New Marlins Ballpark. On Tuesday, media was invited to witness the first seat installed in the ballpark, as well as the first batting practice. After batting practice, the players, led by All-Star Hanley Ramirez, served lunch to construction workers of the new ballpark. The day concluded with interviews from Marlins Executives Jeffrey Loria, David Samson and Larry Beinfest, as well as an update of the construction from Hunt/Moss engineers.

The group resumed the caravan on Thursday with a trip to the Homestead Air Reserve base. Once again Marlins players, coaches, executives, Mermaids, Manatees and Billy the Marlin participated in an autograph session with Airmen, a tour of the base and a 3-inning game of softball against the troops.

Friday was Soldiers Appreciation Day. The Marlins group honored the military personnel at the United States Southern Command in Doral. The day began with an official pregame ceremony followed by lunch, an autograph session and a game of wiffle ball.  

The Caravan concluded on Saturday at the 16th Annual Jiffy Lube FanFest hosted by InterContinental Hotel Miami. The Marlins invited all their fans to Sun Life Stadium for a day of family-friendly activities and games. The event was free to the public and included activities such as autograph sessions with players and coaches, live performances from the Mermaids and Manatees and the opportunity to discuss the new ballpark with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. Fans were also able to purchase single game tickets for the upcoming season, including Opening Night, Super Saturdays, Closing Day, and key series against the Phillies, Mets, Dodgers, Braves, Giants, Angels, and more.

*Tickets can still be purchased at www.marlins.com and the stadium box office.