- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2011

MIAMI (AP) - The Florida Marlins scheduled two exhibition games in their new ballpark against the New York Yankees next April 1-2.

About 25,000 tickets will be available for the April 1 game, which will start at 1:10 p.m., the Marlins said Tuesday. About 30,000 tickets will be available for the April 2 game, scheduled to start at 7:10.

“It was a great selection to play the Yankees,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said in New York before his team played the Mets. “They always seem to draw well. Give the people of South Florida and Miami a chance to see the new ballpark.”

Marlins 2012 full-season and partial-plan ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to the two exhibition games. A limited number of tickets will go on sale to the general public next spring.

The ballpark near downtown Miami is more than 76 percent complete, the Marlins said, and is scheduled to open next year.

“It’ll be nice. You get some of the bugs out before the season,” McKeon said.

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