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Fins finagle a “real” sellout versus Patriots

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In recent years, the Miami Dolphins have sold out their home games by selling to themselves or their sponsors the excess non-premium tickets.

For Sunday’s showdown with the Patriots, such measures won’t be needed.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported earlier this week that the game is a sellout.  A real sellout.  As in a 71,000-tickets-sold sellout.

Unfortunately, the team expects that 20,000 of the seats will be filled by Patriots fans.  But that’s better for the bottom line than no one buying the tickets, which has been the case all too often for the Dolphins.

At a time when the Bills and Chargers each have more than 10,000 unsold seats, the Dolphins should simply be happy that someone bought the tickets.

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25 Responses to “Fins finagle a “real” sellout versus Patriots”
  1. James Light @JamesALight says: Nov 29, 2012 6:24 PM

    Really blows when your team can’t sell out consistently. Lions had this problem all the time when they played at the Silverdome.

  2. grpatriot says: Nov 29, 2012 6:25 PM

    That’s what I thought!

  3. randomguy9999 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:29 PM

    yup Pats fans like to come to sunny Fla once the winter weather gets started…

    it’s likely to be a painful game for the Phins…. but the good news is there is no way it could ever be as bad as what they did to the Jets ….

  4. ranadicus says: Nov 29, 2012 6:33 PM

    Miami hasn’t had a game blacked out since 1999. Buying up the remaining tickets still means you’re selling most of them. Miami sells a good number of season tickets and then people decide whether to spend the day at a football game or go elsewhere to enjoy the tropical paradise we live in depending on how well the team is playing.

    As for the large number of opposing fans in the stadium, that’s always been the case. The population of South Florida is mostly transplants from other states. Miami is in the position of having to practice with fake crowd noise for some home games.

  5. bigdingyguy says: Nov 29, 2012 6:34 PM

    We always play the Pats tough, and I think we have a chance. Even if we don’t, I am happy to have one of those 75,000 tickets

  6. squinn21 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:46 PM

    Coming from a lifelong Fins fan, I’ll be the first to tell you that Sun Life stadium is a dump. The seats are way too far from the field and the game experience is ridiculously lame. Plus, the stadium is in the middle nowhere. Why pour money into this dump on Sunday when you can catch a game at any of the bars/clubs in Lauderdale and South Beach and be surrounded by beautiful women?

  7. valentino8100 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:48 PM

    At least the Dolphins fans will still retain the majority, which is a lot more than can be said for Rays, who have yet to play a home game against either the Sox or the Yanks.

  8. lolo376 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:49 PM

    That’s pretty sad. 71,000 seats but 20,000 belong to Patriots fans. Priceless! Hope the fins get crushed.

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Nov 29, 2012 6:50 PM

    I have season tickets, but honestly; who cares about how many fans go to games? The Dolphins are among the most popular teams in the league nationwide. Watching them on TV doesn’t make you less of a fan. In fact, watching it on TV is so much better than going. So really, what does it matter how many people actually buy a ticket?

  10. brohamma says: Nov 29, 2012 6:55 PM

    Here’s an idea Miami… TRADE UP TO GET A REAL QB TO BUILD AROUND!

    But wait, let me guess.. you will likely swing a trade for Vick or Alex Smith and continue down the same road you are destined to travel.. mediocrity.

  11. davearnone says: Nov 29, 2012 6:56 PM

    Packer fans don’t need to worry about a black out until 2,968.

    The waiting list is 956 years.

    Go Pack!

  12. dkrauss93 says: Nov 29, 2012 7:24 PM

    Here’s an idea Miami… TRADE UP TO GET A REAL QB TO BUILD AROUND!

    But wait, let me guess.. you will likely swing a trade for Vick or Alex Smith and continue down the same road you are destined to travel.. mediocrity.
    ————————————————-
    I’m a Jet fan and to be honest you should shutup. Tannenhill is only a rookie and he has possibly the worst receiving core in the league and yet they’re in the playoff hunt.

  13. 8man says: Nov 29, 2012 7:35 PM

    Bostonians love a road trip.

    Miami in December? “Wicked ahsum.”

  14. yankeemofo says: Nov 29, 2012 7:52 PM

    randomguy9999 says:
    Nov 29, 2012 6:29 PM

    it’s likely to be a painful game for the Phins…. but the good news is there is no way it could ever be as bad as what they did to the Jets ….
    ———————————

    I recall a 41-14 beat down two years ago that the Pats scored a TD 5 different ways or something. Pat Chung was a nightmare for the ‘phins

  15. slayer47 says: Nov 29, 2012 7:53 PM

    there is nothing to do in green bay unlike south florida

  16. bluvayner says: Nov 29, 2012 7:54 PM

    Every year there are imore Pats fans than Fins fans in the stands.

    It’s probably 50% Pats fans, 20% Fins fans, and 30% disguised as empty seats. Where they keep coming up with imaginary sell outs is beyond me.

  17. cantonbound13 says: Nov 29, 2012 8:43 PM

    Maybe if the Dolphins drafted receivers in the first round instead of offensive linemen people would be excited to watch this team.

  18. jakescott13 says: Nov 29, 2012 8:55 PM

    I was in Foxboro in December ’91 or ’92 for a fins game and it was like 16 degrees. Pats sucked and fins were already in playoffs. There were easily more than 50% of the fans supporting the Dolphins. Everybody loves a winner.

  19. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Nov 29, 2012 9:11 PM

    Yo CB13. Do the words, “Ted Ginn is a Miami Dolphin” mean anything to you? Doesn’t matter what position we draft, we’re just not good

  20. cuda1234 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:25 PM

    Obviously this is because of Ryan Mallett. I mean, that’s what causes sell-outs right? The visiting team’s backup qb?

  21. ghjjf says: Nov 29, 2012 9:28 PM

    Look at the picture, who the hell would want to go to a stadium where the seats are 30 yards away from the field??

  22. brohamma says: Nov 30, 2012 6:59 AM

    Here’s an idea Miami… TRADE UP TO GET A REAL QB TO BUILD AROUND!

    But wait, let me guess.. you will likely swing a trade for Vick or Alex Smith and continue down the same road you are destined to travel.. mediocrity.
    ————————————————-
    I’m a Jet fan and to be honest you should shutup. Tannenhill is only a rookie and he has possibly the worst receiving core in the league and yet they’re in the playoff hunt.
    ————————————–

    You are right dkrauss, I am completely wrong. I was channeling your Jets team situation there.. my bad.

  23. 1uniquename says: Nov 30, 2012 7:07 AM

    I agree with the comment above when i first started following football the pats, who i don’t even think were in our division, were a complete and total mess, worse than the dolphins. Then they started drafting well with parcells, then hit the lottery with Brady and have been great ever since. If tannehill pans out, 8th pick or not people will consider it hitting the lottery as well and perhaps now it’s the Phins turn again to fill up opposing stadiums with our fans.

  24. lanman11 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:09 PM

    I was there for the 1985 AFC Championship Game in 1985 in the Orange Bowl. We had to fly into Orlando, rent a car, and drive to Miami because all flights into Miami were booked. Forget about finding a hotel room. They didn’t have much parking to speak of so we parked on some guys lawn for $5 and headed towards the stadium. I sat in the wooden bleachers at the open end of the horseshoe stadium looking up and in, at over 20,000 Patriot fans that demanded to be heard. As the game wore on, they just got louder. Of course, the Dolphin fans got quieter as it became evident the game was slipping away from them. Those bleachers were literally right behind the end zone at ground level, and I could see right into Marino’s eyes as he barked out signals as the Dolphins were trying to score from about the three yard line. We could hardly hear him though, because it was so loud, and we ourselves were absolute raving lunatics. There were guys running back and forth on the grass in front of the bleachers that were tearing apart stuffed dolphins with their teeth; no hands, and sometimes multiple guys on the same dolphin like a school of piranhas. The stuffing was everywhere as the fans, with raised fists, chanted “SQUISH THE FISH! SQUISH THE FISH! SQUISH THE FISH!” To keep us from wandering into the stadium they wheeled giant gray trash barrels full of canned beer and ice down to the field to sell us just what we needed…..more beer. Once it was clear the Patriots would be winning the game and advancing to the Super Bowl, they rolled out the riot police and the police dogs and formed a wall to keep us from tearing down the goal posts, which was not very hospitable. Believe it or not, I made a few friends with Dolphins fans who were duly impressed with our fan support, given the history between the franchises at that point, and how the Patriots had blown the Division Championship game in Miami on a Monday night just three weeks earlier. I grabbed a newspaper as we flew out of Orlando the next day and read how the bars around the Orange Bowl had all run out of beer that night after the game. Those were the days when going to an NFL game was still fun! Spare me the political correctness. It was the 80’s….. We tried for a repeat performance in New Orleans at the Super Bowl, but it was not to be. It wasn’t for a lack of trying though. That Patriots team was the first team ever to win three straight road games as a wild card team and reach the Super Bowl.

    Prior to Bob Kraft coming down out of the stands to buy the team (thank God!), the franchise suffered from terrible ownership, but I laugh when I read on here about how Patriots fans didn’t exist before Belichick and Brady. Yes, they played behind the other Boston Sports teams due to the endless ownership blunders, but there was a hardy core of fans then as their is now, though I think as with many NFL venues, they have priced the more passionate fans out of the stadium experience and replaced them with doctors, lawyers, and business executives more interested in SAYING they went to the game rather than actually participating in the experience.

    I also saw the same thing in Arizona in 1999. 20k Patriots fans on a mid-winter desert vacation, though it wasn’t quite as wild.

    Because they are an AFC team formed in the early 60’s, and did not have much success in the first 30 years (so most people’s Dad’s weren’t Patriots fans – we often inherit our favorite team from Dad), they don’t have fans spread across the country like the Packers, Bears, Cowboys, Steelers, etc, but they can definitely travel with the best of them.

  25. lanman11 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:15 PM

    I forgot to mention that the look on Marino’s face while those guys were tearing apart the stuffed dolphins was priceless.

    As for the Super Bowl, we had to fly into Houston and drive 10 hours to New Orleans and stay in some fleabag no-tell mo-tell somewhere I wouldn’t want to ever visit again. Heck, I had a Super Bowl ticket I paid face value for so I was goin!

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