Major League Baseball announced its 2012 regular season schedule today and in doing so shared an official little nugget of information regarding the Florida Marlins, who will be changing their name to the Miami Marlins starting next season when they open a new ballpark that will have 37,000 seats, all of which are rumored to have the option of being occupied. From MLB’s official press release:
“The Marlins, changing their name to the Miami Marlins, will open the 2012 season by hosting the inaugural game at the New Marlins Ballpark on Wednesday, April 4th against the St. Louis Cardinals. Located in Little Havana, west of downtown Miami, the venue will seat 37,000 fans, will feature a retractable roof and will have spectacular views of downtown Miami.”
Changing the name to Miami is a lock to assist in all marketing endeavors but is also expected to draw thousands of fans who know little to nothing about sports, as well as adult males who wear giant Ugg boots to sporting events. I know it’s early to say such a thing, but this is a victory for everyone.