Marlins stadium passes
Miami-Dade County commissioners on Monday put to rest more than a decade quest by voting in favor of a roofed ballpark for the Marlins on the Orange Bowl grounds. Commissioners cast two separate votes. First passed, 9-4, and the second came back, 10-3.
Since winning the World Series in 1997, three separate Marlins owners have sought a baseball-only facility. Now that will become a reality. The next step is moving toward breaking ground by July in hopes of getting the building open by 2012.
From the time they entered the league in 1993, the Marlins have shared Dolphin Stadium with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.
The new park will have a retractable-roof and seat 37,000 on the Orange Bowl grounds in the Little Havana section of Miami. Major League Baseball has worked actively on the stadium effort, and there are indications that in a few years after the stadium opens, an All-Star Game will be awarded to the market.
– Joe Frisaro