Marlins new park next up for MLB

With the recent opening of Target Field, the next new MLB ballpark to open will be the next home of the Marlins.

More than 30 percent completed, the Marlins retractable-roof stadium remains on schedule and on budget. The doors of the park will open in 2012.

newparkinterior1.jpgOn April 12, eight members from the Marlins organization traveled to Minnesota for the first game of the Twins new home, Target Field.

Marlins president David Samson gives high marks to the Twins, and their president, Dave St. Peter.

“It could not have been a better opener,” Samson said. “It was an example of how an organization does everything right. Their Opening Day ceremony. The details in the ballpark. Not one detail went untouched and unlooked at.

“Dave st. Peter, to me, is simply a magician as a team president. It’s just remarkable what he’s done.”

Samson is impressed with how the Twins had driven up their season-ticket base, as well as how they repeatedly are a contending club.

“This is a team that wins consistently, year in and year out,” Samson said. “I just give him all the credit in the world. That ballpark is simply magnificient. They were so gracious with their time on Opening Day.”

The Twins were the last team to open a stadium before the Marlins get underway in their park in 2012.

All details of the Marlins ballpark can be followed via the new ballpark webcam on Fans can view construction from the interior and exterior of the ballpark online.

“Now, we feel like, we’re next,” Samson said. “We’re no longer on deck. We’re at the plate right now.”

— Joe Frisaro

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