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.