Jul 29, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins fans cheer on prior to a scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins 2-0 Start Enough For Fans?

The Miami Dolphins are 2-0 for the first time since 2010.  They have yet to face an opponent at home.  Will the perfect start to the season be enough to bring fans back into Sun-Life  Joe Robbie Sun-Life Stadium?  According to Ticketmaster the answer is no.  In fact there are quite a few seats available for this weekends game despite the fact that owner Stephen Ross has promised to buy remaining tickets so the game be seen locally.

Apparently the 2-0 start isn’t enough yet to drive fans back into the parking lot and stadium.  A win on Sunday, and maybe that will change.

The Dolphins face a very formidable opponent in the Atlanta Falcons.  The Falcons could be missing as high as four defensive impact players and have already listed RB Steven Jackson as out with an injury.  The following week the Dolphins will travel to New Orleans before coming home for two games and their bye week.  Could a 4-0 start drive fans back into the lifeless stadium?

It’s too early to talk of perfection and that is not what we are doing here.  The Dolphins will not go  undefeated this season and if I were a betting man I would say the chances of the team making it to the bye week or even back home for their 2nd home game of the year perfect would be a stretch of the imagination.  It’s not a knock on the team but the reality of the NFL where it is so hard to win week to week, and let’s face facts, Miami is a young team and will still have a few growing pains.

What the Dolphins do need is support.  Support they are not getting from home.  Not yet.  Wins change the mentality of a fan base.  Especially a disgruntled one.  For Miami the stakes are little higher.  The losing ways of the team has spanned into another generation of fans who have opted to root elsewhere.  It’s the harsh reality that kids want to root for winners, not losers.  Changing that thinking will only be done by putting a product on the field that can and will sustain wins and a competitive balance within the division.

On Sunday it would be great to see a flood of aqua and orange surrounding the field in the stands.  It is likely a little too early to ask that of our local fan base.  It’s not a knock on them.  South Florida has to be one of the hardest places to rile fan support on Sundays.  Making matters worse is the “SnowBird” arrival in the next two months.  The southern migration of middle to elderly aged northerners bring northern alliances to the city and thus fans of other franchises.  Even the thousands if not millions of permanently relocated northerners in Miami hold allegiance to our division rivals.

There is also a strong influence of latin American culture in South Florida.  American football is secondary to world soccer and many of the southern Floridian’s would likely support a pro-soccer team than the Dolphins.  At this point.  For the Dolphins it’s a tough game but one that they can win.  Gaining back fans is a must and to do so they have to become exciting.

Frankly two weeks into the season the Dolphins are perfect but not quite exciting yet.  They are inching closer.  The additions of Mike Wallace and the several defensive playmakers are making a difference on the field and that has fan support rising quick.  Victories will put fans back in the stadium and ramp up the energy of that fan base.

I suspect that the 2-0 start will be enough for many edge fans to return to the stadium on Sunday to see if this is for real with their own eyes.  I suspect the lower bowls to be quite full and the upper bowl to still be empty in spots.  I would be shocked if the stadium was a blanket of orange and teal on all levels.  Maybe for Buffalo or Baltimore.  Of course if the Dolphins make a hard run at the playoffs, it’s safe to say that the home games late in the season should see Miami with a capacity crowd.

Now wouldn’t that be a nice site?

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  • Lee Henthorn

    Being a long time Dolphins fan (from the David Woodly era) from up north (PA), if someone were to send me tickets to the game & airfare, I would be at every home game!!!!

  • Fraziel

    Beating Atlanta should get some fans back but i think perhaps the stadium is too big. A 60000 stadium is big enough but will the rebuild happen now? Its better to have a smaller stadium thats full all the time than a larger one 3/4 full imo. I do think Dolphins fans are terrible whiners at times though. The uniform change being a case in point. I live in Glasgow, Scotland and have been a Dolphins fan since 1982 . I also support a soccer team called Glasgow Celtic who change their uniform every year! The fans buy it no matter what and every year it is one of the biggest sellers in Europe despite the team not being in a big country or a top league. You support your team no matter what and buy the merchandise, no matter what. Thats what supporting is all about imo and if miami change to pink and orange day glow tops i would still support them an still buy their gear!

  • mike

    The problem is that most of the Dolphin fans are not in Miami. If I lived in Florida I would go to the home games.

    • Paul Bennett

      True Mike, me being born and raised in Hollywood FL, I used to go to just about every home game there was, now Im living in North Carolina in Panther Country, Im just itching to go and be in those stands, wins or no wins..Dolfan Forever..

      • mike

        I am not from Florida but always been a fin fan.I’m stuck in bills country…sux! I have a lot of friends that like the Bills but going to the game in a dolphins jersey…not wise! These fans drink a lot and just act stupid, it’s not safe. If it were any other stadium I wouldn’t care. I’ve watched Miami play in Tennesee and the fans joked around and were cool to be around. Not Buffalo!

        • mike

          Maybe one day I’ll fly down to see them play. Go Fins!

  • Nitram

    I’ve been a fin fan since 1972 win or loose and im from nc would never pull for panthers

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    I live in Miami, I love my town and neighbors and have been a life-long Dolphan. I went to 3 training camp work outs, the scrimmage and plan to be at as many home games as I can. Before the Dolphins won a game, the open to the public work outs were packed, several times the attendance of recent years attendance. Local fans finally had a team who was more interested in putting players on the field than celebrities in the owner’s box Some of the best football talent around comes from Florida and the top high school football teams are from Miami. Miami is and will be a football town and knows its football, thus hate to be patronized with A-lister owners and Harboughgates.
    The older fans are getting…er… older, and kids I run into at the super market never felt they had anything to rally around so sadly, they have abandoned their long held family tradition of rooting for the Phins and found refuge in college teams. The local fans are coming back, but they know their football and celebrity owners alone is NOT going to bring them back. The old timers have never stopped being fans, but our kids have yet to experience more than just the one Pennington winning season. My daughter is one notable exception and a die-hard Dolphan, who comes into town exclusively for training camp work outs and games. Dolphin games were sold out ever since Miami had half its present population. I understand why the new generation has stayed away but expect them back with the new approach to the team. Luckily for football’s sake, the local fan refused to be wooed in by celebs, catchy new songs and unrelated fanfare and fortunately, the Phins have become about football once again.