MIAMI — The Miami Marlins'' invitation for cleaning companies to bid on a large cleaning contract also came with a large stipulation, according to the Miami Herald.
The winner of the contract would be required to purchase a skybox suite, valued at $150,000, for each year of the contract, the article stated.
"And they said they were only hiring companies with experience cleaning ballparks — which knocked out 98 percent of the people," said Rodney McGilvery, who was invited to bid as owner of the janitorial company Dream Clean South Beach.
According to the article, for smaller firms the full-time job of cleaning the 928,000-square-foot stadium, with its 36,000 seats, and dozens of restrooms and restaurants and gathering areas, would have required many additional hires, not to mention a new inventory of cleaning equipment.
The Marlins eventually went with the more experienced Pritchard Sports & Entertainment Group out of Maryland; the same company that already cleans South Florida’s two other large sporting venues, the article noted.
Pritchard''s final deal with the stadium let the company off the hook for the entire MVP suite package, instead taking a half suite and opting to make up the difference by purchasing ads, the article added.
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