LITTLE HAVANA, Fla. - At the Miami Marlins ballpark, watching baseball doesn't have to equate with greasy food and cheap beer. For the right amount, you can avoid the crowds and be treated like a Miami VIP.
The ballpark has clubs and suits that include private parking, a secluded entrance, bigger cushioned seats, concierge service and a comfortable dining experience.
Miami Marlins' inside sales representative Rickey Pierre II was excited Friday when talking about the ballpark's exclusive Diamond Club and private suites.
"The five-star Diamond Club opens two hours before the game," Pierre said. "The experience is unlike any other."
The Diamond Club's 379 seats are behind home plate. Tickets include access to a well lit lounge and a restaurant with with a hostess, white tables and black linen napkins.
The home games full season prices range from $14,800 to $24,050 per person.
Through a glass wall Diamond Club patrons can get a closer look at the players, and the playing field can be viewed from behind a 450-gallon fish tank with tropical reel fish the playing field.
A suit for 60 people for only the season's weekend games can cost about $100,000 and that doesn't include food and drinks.
At the Diamond Club, you can forget about the hot dogs.
For the main course, it is likely the buffet will include a pasta station, lobster, crab cakes, beef tenderloin, lemon garlic chicken and prime ribs. At the dessert station, large chocolate chip cookies and red velvet cup cakes may be some of the choices.
While the bartender can come up with a Marlins specialty, the house wine, draft beer and Pepsi products are included in your Diamond Club access ticket.
"The hard liquor and imported wine is charged separately," Pierre said.
A suit for 16 people can cost about $125 per person. A Championship Suit with a capacity for 60 people can cost about $58,000 for Saturday games, Pierre said.
"At that price range, the prices are negotiable," Pierre said. "The suit doesn't include food, so the food packages can start at $35 per person."
For more information about suits and private clubs, call Pierre at 305-480-1543 or e-mail email@example.com
ULTRA VIP SEASON PACKAGES: The Diamond Club ranges from $14,800 to $24,050 full season 81 home games, the Bacardi Dugout Club ranges from $5,920 to $12,580, the Hall of Fame Suite is $11,100, The Clubhouse and the Home Plate boxes range from $2,770 to $7,400 and the Lexus Legends range from $1,480 to $2,775. The Jose's Heroes special is $455 and includes a T-shirt of the rookie and Bullpen section seats.
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