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The Miami Marlins keep finding ways to extract revenue out of their new stadium in Little Havana. The team has begun offering tours of Marlins Park on non-event days for $10 a person.
The tour takes fans all over the park, including the area behind home plate on the field. The home clubhouse, home batting cage area and Diamond Club, and the bobblehead museum are also featured stops on the tour.
And if the Marlins Park tour is like any other tour, it probably ends with a trip to one of the team shops inside the stadium.
Tours operate Monday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., except when the Marlins play at home or when other major events are scheduled at Marlins Park. Group tours (accommodating between 10 and 25 people) are available by appointment.
The cost of a ticket, while cheaper than the least expensive Marlins game ticket, might strike Marlins fans as a bit steep nonetheless. Since local governments footed most of the bill for the stadium's construction, shouldn't residents get free admission for a tour?
At the very least, the tour should include a swim in the Clevelander pool, a chance to open or close Marlins Park's retractable roof, and a snack from Heath Bell's locker (we're guessing he's a Little Debbie connoisseur, though he may also keep a stash of Big League Chew in his locker).
The team could also let tour patrons feed the fish in the tanks behind home plate and show fans the holding pen where they keep Jeff Conine. The possibilities are endless.
Fans can call l 1-877-MARLINS or e-mail email@example.com for more information. All tickets can be purchased at the ticket windows located on Felo Ramirez Drive (NW 6 Street between NW 14 Avenue and NW 15 Avenue).