With his city still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Irma, Miami Marlins president David Samson announced Wednesday his club's weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers - originally scheduled to be played at Marlins Park - will now be played at Miller Park.
"Major League Baseball in conjunction with the Miami Marlins, agreed that it is in the best interest of our community to relocate this weekend's Marlins games against the Milwaukee Brewers to Milwaukee," Samson said in a statement. "Marlins Park stood ready to host the game, but we all agreed that burdening public service resources was not the proper course of action.
"Following Hurricane Irma, the Miami Marlins realize that all of our employees, as well as our entire community, have other needs that must take a priority at this time. The Miami Marlins look forward to returning home on Monday to play the Mets."
The three-game set gets underway Friday at 7:10 p.m. CT, with a 6:10 p.m. start time for Saturday's game and a 1:10 p.m. first pitch for Sunday's series finale. With the series getting relocated to Milwaukee on short notice, only Field Level tickets will be available for Friday's opener, limiting the capacity to roughly 10,000, but Loge Level seating will be available for purchase for the last two games of the series, bumping the capacity to about 23,000.
"The change of venue was made at the request of Major League Baseball and the Marlins, due to the conditions caused by Hurricane Irma," Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger said. "We will be ready to host this weekend and are working to put all of the logistics in order. With limited capacity, we strongly encourage fans to purchase their tickets in advance, especially for the Friday game."