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MARLINS BALLPARK: Miami Marlins
Marlins Ballpark is located on the former site of the Orange Bowl and just two miles from downtown.
The home of the Miami Marlins is the newest ballpark in Major League Baseball, having opened in ‘12. By capacity it is the third smallest stadium in the bigs. From an architectural stand point, Marlins Ballpark is absolutely stunning. Its one of the first things that people notice when they enter the Miami-Dade County area and at a cost of $634 it should be.
Marlins Ballpark was built nearly entirely with the help of public funding. After a huge off-season for the Marlins in ‘11 in which the team acquired shortstop Jose Reyes and closer Heath Bell, the team sent all of their newly acquired stars packing by the trade deadline. Additionally the team sent away long time Marlins Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson, moves which angered Marlins fans tremendously. Although the Marlins likely won’t contend in the next few seasons, they do have a beautiful new ballpark which will help to ease some of the pain.
Marlins Ballpark, much like other new stadiums, was built to keep fans happy. The stadium features a retractable roof which can help shield the field of play from rainy conditions often found in South Florida. On both sides of home plate are two massive aquariums that 600 gallons and 450 gallons respectively. One of the most popular locations in the new stadium is The Clevelander, a bar which can hold up to 240 guests. In the stadium’s first season The Clevelander was filled to maximum capacity for all 81 of the team’s home games.
Year Built: 2012
‘12 attendance: 27,400 per game; 2,219,444
Dimensions: 344 to left, 386 to left-center, 420 to Bermuda Triangle, 418 to center, 392 to right-center, 335 to right
Hotels Nearby: Epic Hotel, Miami River Inn, SpringHill Suites, InterContinental Miami, Holiday Inn Port of Miami-Downtown
Thrill of victory: The Marlins have only played one full season at their new home and unfortunately for fans in South Beach, the fish failed to make the playoffs. The Marlins are currently in a rebuilding process so it may be some time before they reach the World Series, but when they do expect fans by the thousands to flock to the beautiful new stadium.
Agony of defeat: April 4, 2012: The Marlins were unable to capture a win in the opening night of their new stadium, falling to the St. Louis Cardinals in front of a sell-out crowd. Kyle Lohse notched a win for the Cards over former Marlins ace Josh Johnson.
Marlins Ticket Tips: The Marlins finished in the bottom half of attendance in their first full season of their new home and as one of the smaller parks in Major League Baseball that comes as no surprise. But if the team wants to sell out more games, they’ll have to put a more talented team on the diamond in coming years. Tickets are generally not extremely difficult to come by for Marlins home games, but if you want the best seats in the house you’ll want to order tickets in the Promenade Level.