Less fanfare for Marlins in 2013

Miami Marlins host first game April 8 versus Braves

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MIAMI - Year two at Marlins Park looks to be vastly different from when the Marlins opened the stadium in 2012.

The park opened in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood to much fanfare. But few appear to have hope in the Miami Marlins' chances this season.

"I'll pay you to take the tickets," Todd Rubin with Todd's Tickets in Aventura Mall told Local 10's Christina Vazquez.

Rubi said he has fielded one ticket inquiry for the team's first home game against the Atlanta Braves on April 8.

"I don't stock Marlins tickets because it would be a losing proposition," he said. "If they lose games, people aren't going to go."

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A series of public relations problems have left few fans defending the team and its ownership.

"I think fans right now, they're incredulous, they're a little bit pessimistic," said Eric Reed with 790 The Ticket. "I think they have some true fans left because they've given those fans memories. They've won two World Series down here in a short period of time but the memories are kind of scarred."

Business owners who moved into the area because of the park said the vision that it would spark a retail and restaurant revival in the area has been more bust than boom.

"They apparently suck at that also," said Erik Otero, who owns Mi Cuba Cigar Lounge at 1742 NW 7th Street. "We did open up with anticipation of the stadium -- it hasn't done anything. At the end of the day, if you haven't built up the neighborhood around, no one else is going to come for just one thing."

Groupon is offering discount tickets for the April 8th game. A spokeswoman said the team sold at least 30,000 tickets.

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