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Eye on Photos: Marlins new ballpark

Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:55 pm

By Matt Snyder

The Marlins new ballpark is set to open in 2012 -- which is why they were trying to spend money like madmen at the Winter Meetings -- and it's now more than 90 percent complete, according to team officials. Tuesday, members of the local media were treated to a tour of the entire facility.

Joe Capozzi (Twitter handle: joecapMARLINS) of the Palm Beach Post's Fish Tank blog was kind enough to let us post the following pictures that he took on the tour. Check out the pictures below. Click on any individual picture for a full size (630x500 px).

This will be the spacious Marlins' clubhouse. The steps leading up to the center-field seating area. 
A nice view from center field, overlooking the entire playing surface, facing home plate. 
The view of home plate from the left field foul pole, almost literally. 
Nice view of the playing surface from the press box, which would be a similar view to nearly any seat in the area.  An announcer scouts out his new view ... 
This is an indoor batting cage, that will have a viewing area, so fans can watch players take batting practice. A view of right field from seats on the third base side of the stadium. 

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Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:37 pm

Eye on Photos: Marlins new ballpark

Well, for starters, lets not foget you are talking about a team that has won two world series championships.  My feelings are that the team went from being the Florida Marlins to being the Miami Marlins.  Possibly following suit with the Miami Heat, and Miami Dolphins.   I prefered the name Florida Marlins because it sounded more inclusive, but the Cacasions were not buying tickets when the games were played at Pro Player Stadium.  The team is also comprised of several persons who generally make up the communities around the brand new stadium.  The brand new stadium also offers secured parking with restricted access so parking and visiting the stadium will be safe.  Now, there are several poor people who live near the stadium who will likely charge for parking in their residential parking lots.  Those residents are also known to take very good care of your car when you park in their homes because they know you are aware of where they live.  So why did they build a stadium there in Miami where the Orange Bowl used to be?  Simply stated, I speculate the same stadium on any other lot of land in S. Florida would have been too costly.  Additionally, the Hispanic culture embraces baseball, and the diversity offered within the nearby community will show that poor people will fester up money to go and see the games during the good and bad time.  I also beleive the stadium will offer seating for rich and poor persons alike.  The stadium will also create jobs for those poor families living in the area, and shall generate income for those who rent parking spaces.  The stadium will help the local businesses, and restaraunts that surround the area in high end neighborhoods near Brickell Avenue.  There are also several 5 Star Hotels nearby, South Beach, and the Miami Heat!!!  We are all so excited about the new ball park.  I hope this helps you with your analysis of the situation.     

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:57 pm

Eye on Photos: Marlins new ballpark

Why in the world would they build a BRAND NEW stadium in that area????  I gurantee those that can afford to go to the games will NOT feel safe going this beautiful stadium! Not unless there is a plan to get rid of what resides in the area now! Which is what is being done in the South Bronx( I feel as if I'm in another country whenever I go to the Stadium! ) and Newark! A Hockey team moving to Newark makes A lot of sense to me! The trash in the area has been moved to another area! All of the trash hasnt been moved, but its getting there!

Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:06 pm

Eye on Photos: Marlins new ballpark

THE reason the marlins have a small draw is because of the weather here in south Florida. You are sitting in a stadium that is enclosed all the way around and no draft or breeze gets in the park. it 95 degrees at 7pm with 100% humidity. Unless you are in bathing suites and a pool it is very uncomfortable to sit and watch a game. Mark my words the new stadium will draw above average crowds because Miami is a big baseball town.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:47 am

Eye on Photos: Marlins new ballpark

Marlins have averaged barely half of what the rest of the league has done in attendance for the last few years.  Granted, the product on the field hasn't been all that compelling so it's hard to blame the fans.  Still, even in 97, when they had an exciting team that won the World Series they didn't even draw 30,000 a game.  I only wish up here in the northeast we could get a gorgeous new stadium (sorry, Citifield doesn't cut it), shiny new free agents, and an owner with deep pockets.  Beautiful facility for a fan base that just isn't into going to baseball games.

Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:32 am

Eye on Photos: Marlins new ballpark

Sounds like sour grapes.......

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:25 am

Eye on Photos: Marlins new ballpark

There were more people in the new park for the tour than will be in there in July. Include Reyes in that because he will likely be on the DL.......

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:31 am

Eye on Photos: Marlins new ballpark

Less than 4 months to finish the last 10%... chop chop fellas!

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:33 pm

Eye on Photos: Marlins new ballpark

Very Nice Stadium looking forward to going.  Disagree with comment that no one will show as now ownership should be able to keep players due to fact that parking and concession money will now stay with Marlins unlike when Marlins were playing at Sunlife Stadium.  This has started to be shown by free agent splash this year.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:01 pm

Eye on Photos: Marlins new ballpark

Where's the aquarium?

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:44 pm
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