The excitement is palpable as fans line up to buy single game tickets at the new Marlins Park today.
It's all part of Marlins Fan Fest, a Saturday where fans get a sneak-peek preview of the park and what it offers. Fans can meet the players and coaches, get autographs, walk through the new park, and take pictures before the inaugural season.
"Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this," said fan Manny Suarez. "It beat my expectations."
Fans can also enjoy live music, entertainment, games and activities for the whole family at the west plaza of the park. Season ticket holders got an exclusive look an hour earlier than the scheduled 11 a.m. start time.
"It's a lot different from years' past. You just feel the energy," said Miami Marlins Pitcher Ricky Nolasco." It's really different. There's a lot more fans, it's something good, gives you a good felling coming into the new season."
For some fans, previewing the new park has changed their opinion about the controversy surrounding the ballpark deal.
"I'm so happy," explains fan Daniel Hernandez. "I was so totally against this ballpark getting built; but then you come over and you forget about all the taxes, everything. It's so beautiful."
Single game tickets for the inaugural season were also made available today via Marlins.com or at the Marlins Park Box Office, which is located on the north side of the ballpark between Home Plate and Third Base Entrances.
Opening night for the inaugural season at the new Marlins Park is April 4. Tickets will only be available for those buying full season plans, half season plans, 20-game plans and 10-game packs.