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Marlins new ballpark nears completion

Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:19 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 12:23 pm
By Matt Snyder

The new Marlins ballpark continues to get its finishing touches, including the sodding of the field, which just happens to be taking place Thursday. Courtesy of Juan C. Rodriguez, the Sun Sentinel's Marlins beat writer (definitely click through to see a lot more pictures of the stadium), here is a beautiful shot of the field -- which gives our best idea yet of how the park will look during play:

Also, here is a shot -- again, from Rodriguez -- of the aquarium that's behind home plate. It's not directly behind, instead a bit to the side, closer to the dugout.

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Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:06 pm

Marlins new ballpark nears completion

Dont care for that multi-colored thing in CF, but overall it looks great.   Huge step up from joe robbie met sun life pro player miami dade county stadium.   Enjoy this miami sports fan.   I applaud them having the guts to go modern when everyone else is going retro.

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:56 pm

Perhaps the Jersey Shore look is to your liking

Hey Snooki!  You must know what you're talking about.  Miami loves college football so much, the Hurricanes ranked 45th in attendance among BCS schools in 2011.  Wow.

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:14 pm

Marlins new ballpark nears completion

Congrats Miami. If you were going for the gayest ballpark ever created, you win. Holy crap, you should have Rupaul sing the 7th inning stretch every night. When will people learn? Florida people do not care about pro sports. They love college football and being seen at the beach. So until that skittle ballpark can move on over to Ocean Drive it will be empty in June.

Since: Oct 31, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:34 pm

Marlins new ballpark nears completion


Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:19 pm

Marlins new ballpark nears completion

This stadium was not built as a hitter's park.  Check the dimensions out.  Left field line, 340.  Left-center, 384.  Center, 416-420.  Right center, 392.  Right field line, 335.  Definitely NOT a hitter's park.  They built it to support pitching.

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:51 am

Marlins new ballpark nears completion

I guarantee you someone, SOMEONE (PETA, Friends of the Earth, Lunatics Inc., ...I don't know) is going to complain that placing the fish in the stadium is cruel and unusual.  Noise levels, proximity to rosin, hot dog fumes, they'll dream up something.

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:07 am

Marlins new ballpark nears completion

Beautiful ballpark.  That is what Tampa needs for the Rays! 

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:16 pm

Marlins new ballpark nears completion

Cool...a pinata in left centre!!!

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:13 pm

Marlins new ballpark nears completion

Having a 'fish tank' at the new stadium is incredibly disgusting.  Have you ever wondered where the fish come from?  Here's an excerpt from how they are harvested.

When the ornamental fish trade in the Philippines began in 1952, the fish were caught with cotton nets and traps. Collectors knew the behavior of each fish they would catch and used that to their advantage.

      In 1962, a fish collector named Gonzales began to use the chemical compound sodium cyanide to stun fish, making them easy to capture. It has been suggested that Gonzales learned to use the cyanide from reading a 1958 fish toxicant study done by the Fish and Wildlife service in the US.

      Since the sixties, the use of cyanide has spread through the Philippines to Indonesia and other marine collection areas. According to reports from the WWF, every year over 6000 cyanide divers squirt an estimated 150,000 kg of dissolved poison on some 33 million coral heads.

      To make the cyanide solution, collectors mix crushed cyanide tablets (provided by unscrupulous exporters) with saltwater in a squeeze bottle. The solution is then squirted into coral reefs where fish are hiding. Fish are stunned and disorientated, some go into spasms, making them easily gathered. In some cases, however, the fishermen have to use crowbars to pry coral heads apart and retrieve the stunned fish.

In other words, they are destroying the coral reefs to make your fish tank pretty.  Is that really what you want?

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:26 pm

Marlins new ballpark nears completion

Am I the only one that invisions a foul ball, broken bat or catcher running down a pop up crashing though that sweet fish tank they have?
No way a catcher, drifing back as he would on a foul ball, would even come close to smashing it.  Heck , no catcher would even be charging at full speed and if he was, there is NO WAY it would break.  The engineers have thought about this (really, they have!) don't you think that the aquarium glass has got to be WAY thick so that a foul ball wouldn't even gash it.  So there is no way a bat (the bat would shatter first, like hitting a wall) or especially a player is going to crash it! 
But I'm sure a cheesy lame movie would try to have such a scene.  Maybe in "Moneyball II: Revenge of the fish".... then have a shark come out of the tank .... and eat the poster who came up with this in the first place!

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