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Tebow does his part to sell out Sun Life Stadium

Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:36 pm
 
It's Gator Day (starring Tim Tebow!) at Sun Life Stadium Sunday. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Leave it to Tim Tebow to not only save his franchise (kidding ... for now), but to do a solid for another NFL franchise, too. The Broncos' new starting quarterback will face the Dolphins Sunday in a game that will likely feature some of the worst football you'll see this season. Denver and Miami have one win between them and nine losses, and there's a chance that Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano could be out of work in weeks if not days.

And the tepid turnout at Miami's Sun Life Stadium has everything to do with sorry state of football set to be played there.  At least it did until Tebow came along.

The Dolphins are planning to honor the University of Florida on "Gator Day," which is right out of the minor league baseball "theme night" handbook -- an obvious, contrived attempt to put butts in seats if there ever was one. But this is what a once-proud Dolphins organization has been reduced to: celebrating a college team some 325 to the north whose quarterback just so happens to play for that day's opponent. It would be scandalous if it wasn't so sad.

It gets sadder.

Details via the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero:
…The number of tickets the [Gators Day] promotion helped to sell -- estimated by the Dolphins to number between 5,000-7,000 -- has helped drive sales to the point where the team is now in position to guarantee a sellout of the game and thus televise the game on local television in South Florida. …

The club will announce later (Thursday) afternoon that the game will be sold out as it will guarantee the sellout. The Dolphins, in conjunction with sponsors, similarly guaranteed the sellout of the Sept. 18 game against Houston.

Let it be known: There are still plenty of tickets remaining. So the club is hopeful a significant number of those can be sold in the days leading up to the game. But the fact the perfect storm of having this Gator Day celebration coincide with the promoting of Tim Tebow to be the Broncos starting quarterback Sunday worked for the home team.
Salguero reports that Tebow Mania (Gator Day edition) has helped sell some 10,000 seats. Previously, 28,000 seats remained unsold.

If almost 30,000 empty seats sounds exorbitant, consider this fun fact from PFT.com: The Dolphins are 1-11 in their last 12 home games. Since December 2009, the Steelers, Texans, and Patriots have each won twice at Sun Life Stadium.


The Denver Broncos look to snap their losing streak as they travel to Sun Life Stadium to square off against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan break down this game. Watch the game at 1 PM ET on CBS. Don't forget to check out the Pregame: Broncos-Dolphins edition, too.

Tebow, clearly, is the storyline heading into this game. As for what Broncos head coach John Fox expect from his new starting quarterback … well, he's not sure.

“We’re gonna find out," Fox said during a recent appearance on 104.3 The Fan in Denver (via SportsRaidoInterviews.com). "I got to see him myself live, but a lot of guys on staff haven’t except for on tape. He has that kind of leadership ability and you saw that in the second half of the San Diego game. He did spark our team and we’re hoping for more of the same moving forward.”

If there was ever a game for an inexperienced quarterback to gain some confidence, it's Broncos-Dolphins. In Miami. On Gator Day.

The Lord works in mysterious ways, indeed.

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Comments

Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:01 am
 

Tebow does his part to sell out Sun Life Stadium

RIght on post below. Ive lived in 2 cities, CLE & TB. Night and day, Passionate & Not, Good looking people & "good people"



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:43 am
 

Tebow does his part to sell out Sun Life Stadium

Really, this is a story?  Miami not supporting a team?  Come on.  I remember going to games there 6/7 years ago where the place was vacant.  That just doesn't happen in true sports cities.  The Marlins don't draw, the Phins only draw if they are winning.  I'd be embarrassed to call myself a Miami fan
Well the Heat do pretty well.

The thing is Miami, similarly to SoCal (like LA) is such a beautiful place with nice beaches and attractive people.  If our entire country was like this I don't think anybody would care about sports or celebrities or anything else.  Those things are all escapism for a shitty life.  Hence why towns like NYC, Philly and Boston are such diehard sports fans: their lives blow, the people are fat and ugly, and everyone is stuck working all day with terrible weather and pollution choking them up.

The nicer a place is the more people spend time outside playing sports rather than watching them, have mingling with members of the opposite sex instead of talking about it.



Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:52 am
 

Tebow does his part to sell out Sun Life Stadium

I agree. I've been a NY Giants fan for decades and the stadium is close to full even in down years. 



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:34 pm
 

Tebow does his part to sell out Sun Life Stadium

The only town i've seen worse than Miami is Mobile, Al.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Tebow does his part to sell out Sun Life Stadium

I will bet that Bronco fans are going to be disapointed.  That fullback/QB wanna be passing game might work in college but it won't last long against NFL linebackers.  I say it all the time--you might see a YOUNG running QB in the NFL, but you won't see any OLD running QB's.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Tebow does his part to sell out Sun Life Stadium

Really, this is a story?  Miami not supporting a team?  Come on.  I remember going to games there 6/7 years ago where the place was vacant.  That just doesn't happen in true sports cities.  The Marlins don't draw, the Phins only draw if they are winning.  I'd be embarrassed to call myself a Miami fan


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