04/14/09 7:13 PM EST
Sept. Marlins-Phillies game moved
Teams to play game in July to accommodate NFL schedule
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
On Tuesday night, the Marlins announced they are switching their Sept. 21 game with the Phillies to July 16 at Dolphin Stadium. The change comes to accommodate the Miami Dolphins, the primary tenant at the stadium. Tickets issued for the Sept. 21 game will be honored on July 16.
The Dolphins will be playing a Monday night game on Sept. 21 at home against the Indianapolis Colts.
What the change means for the Marlins is they will gain an off-day in late September. But instead of a three-game set with their NL East rival Phillies, that series now will be two games.
The change impacts Florida's final homestand. The Marlins will now have a five-game homestand at Dolphin Stadium from Sept. 22-27 against the Phillies and Mets. New York will be in town Sept. 25 for the first of three games.
Moving the game to July 16 means the Marlins will have a three-day break for the All-Star Game. Before the switch, it was going to be four days.
Now, Florida will face the Phillies in a four-game set at Dolphin Stadium from Sept. 16-19. The Sept. 16 game will be at 7:10 p.m. ET.
The All-Star Game is set for July 14 in St. Louis.
The Marlins share Dolphin Stadium with the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami football team.
In 2012, the Marlins will be moving into their own park, a 37,000-seat, retractable-roof facility on the Orange Bowl grounds in the Little Havana section of Miami.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.