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Marlins Park attendance dip not unusual

     There were quite a few empty seats last night for the second game ever at Marlins Park, and the announced paid figure of 30,169 appeared to clearly exceed the actual number, as is often the case in many ballparks. But take a look at crowd trends for other ballparks that have opened in recent years. With only a few exceptions, the second-game attendance numbers are lower -- no surprise given the buildup for every new ballpark opening. Some of the dropoffs, though, are more pronounced than others: 

      Marlins Park (2012) -- First game: 36,601; Second game: 30,169

      Target Field (2010) -- First game: 38,145; Second game: 38,164

      Yankee Stadium (2009) -- First game: 48,271; Second game: 45,101

      Citi Field (2009) -- First game: 41,007; Second game: 35,581

      Nationals Park (2008) -- First game: 39,389; Second game: 20,487

      Busch Stadium (2006) -- First game: 41,936; Second game: 40.648

      Citizens Bank Park (2004) -- First game: 41,626; Second game: 37,519

      Petco Park (2004) -- First game: 41,400; Second game: 41,625

      Great American (2003) -- First game: 43,343; Second game: 22,878

      Miller Park (2001) -- First game: 42,024; Second game: 40,651

      PNC Park (2001) -- First game: 36,954; Second game: 35,045

      Minute Maid (2000) -- First game: 41,583; Second game: 39,018

      Comerica Park (2000) -- First game: 39,168; Second game: 21,405

      AT&T Park (2000) -- First game: 40,930; Second game: 40,930

      Safeco Field (1999) -- First game: 44,607; Second game: 43,252

      Chase Field (1998) -- First game: 47,484; Second game: 43,758 

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