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Burns visits Dolphin Stadium

Ken Burns, of film and documentary fame, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Dolphin Stadium on Wednesday.

A baseball historian, Burns is in South Florida promoting a film on the national parks, like the Everglades.

The historian, who claims baseball remains the best game, praises the Marlins for being an expansion team that has already claimed a couple of World Series titles. In 1997, in the fifth year of the franchise, Florida claimed a title. Then in 2003, the Marlins won it all again.

“This is an expansion team with a quick route to a World Series championship,” Burns said. “That’s pretty good news.”

What hurts a comparatively new team like the Marlins, who began play in 1993, is the fact there are so many entertainment alternatives. In markets like New York, Chicago and Boston, baseball has long been part of the fabric of the community.

“It’s a concern because we have so much competition,” Burns said. “When I was growing up, there was nothing. Football was just taking off.

“The only game was baseball. Now the competition for dollars, and there is more entertainment. But it’s still the best game around.”

Burns points out that the NFL, under former commissioner, the late Pete Rozelle, did an excellent job promoting his sport.

“I don’t know how baseball let Rozelle let football get ahead of baseball on this national pastime business,” Burns said. “Because when you aggregate all the baseball markets, and all the games that we play, there is a much bigger audience than who watches football. They get their Super Bowl, which is understandable, but it’s a one-time thing.

“Even our one-time thing [World Series], it’s potentially seven times a one-time thing. I just think we’ve got to do a better job selling it, and bringing it back.”

The Marlins are selling themselves while playing in Dolphin Stadium, a football stadium. In 2012, the Marlins will have their own ballpark, a retractable-roof facility on the Orange Bowl grounds in Miami.

With the new park should come re-newed interest.

“I’ll come back in three years, and that will be great,” Burns said. “That will be wonderful. That will give the blood pressure of this market something, and that will be good.”

– Joe Frisaro

Parking lot Opening Day

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Fans park and arrive at Dolphin Stadium.

 

Crowd arrives

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crowd arriving at Dolphin Stadium on Opening Day

 

Classic's economic impact

The first pitch hasn’t even been thrown and already the World Baseball Classic is making a positive economic impact on South Florida.

The Marlins released some interesting information on Wednesday morning. Second-round matchups of the Classic from March 14-18 at Dolphin Stadium are estimated to infuse $30 million to the local economy.

This is a conservative estimate, according to Marlins Senior Vice President of Stadium Development, Claude Delorme.

By Wednesday morning, more than 50,000 tickets already were sold for the six games. Large walkup crowds also are expected. Tickets are available on www.marlins.com and www.mlb.com.

More than 25,000 visitors are expected to book hotel rooms locally.

Awarding sound round games to Miami is part of MLB’s on-going commitment to South Florida. If the Marlins gain approval on a new retractable-roof stadium on the Orange Bowl grounds in Miami, there is a good chance the new ballpark will be picked as the host site for the 2013 World Baseball Classic finals.

“The Marlins are proud to be hosting this world-class tournament and we are extremely pleased on how ticket sales and interest from fans outside the State have both increased in recent weeks,” said Delorme.  “We expect sales to increase significantly once the final four teams are confirmed.  We appreciate the opportunity to welcome baseball fans from throughout the region and around the world and we hope to build on this excitement for the next tournament in 2013. Fans will be treated to great baseball, featuring the best players from around the globe.”

– Joe Frisaro

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