The good news is that when SunLife Stadium is empty on Sunday afternoons between now and September, there will at least be a good reason for it.
The Marlins christen their new park this week, which means that SunLife Stadium will lose its 81-games-per-year tenant. Since Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also owns SunLife Stadium, the departure of the Marlins means that he’ll be taking an undetermined financial hit.
According to Local10.com in Miami, the Dolphins won’t say how much they’re losing as a result of the Marlins move. Team P.R. chief Harvey Greene specifically said it’s merely an assumption that the team will lose any revenue, which means that it’s possible the Dolphins didn’t realize much if any profit from hosting the Marlins.
As Greene points out, the move clears dates on the calendar that can be replaced with concerts and other events. On Sunday, SunLife Stadium hosted Wrestlemania, a “sport” which entails baseball bats hitting things other than balls.