MrAndMrsFish Posted July 12, 2005 Share Posted July 12, 2005 The Florida Marlins remain confident they will be able to assemble financing for a new ballpark, according to baseball commissioner Bud Selig. The team's latest ballpark plan, 38,000-seat stadium with a retractable-roof that would be built adjacent to Miami's Orange Bowl, came apart this spring. The ballpark has an estimated cost of $420 million to $435 million, and the financing plan included $60 million in state funding. While money was approved in April by the Florida House, the Florida Senate refused to go along. South Florida government officials and the team did not meet a June 9 deadline established by Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, for a detailed update on the funding plans. ??They keep saying they still think they're going to get something done, they need to get something done,'' Selig said Tuesday during a pre-All-Star game meeting with the Baseball Writers' Association of America. ??If they're optimistic and hopeful, I am, too.'' Florida's home attendance average of 22,385 is last in the National League and 27th among the 30 major league teams, ahead of only Tampa Bay (12,257), Kansas City (18,849) and Cleveland (22,037). ??I'm always concerned about teams that need new stadiums, and it's obvious they do. That's not a secret,'' Selig said. ??Somehow there has to be the political will and the private-sector will to get a stadium built. I mean, they are struggling mightily.'' Marlins officials met in December with Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, but Selig said a move isn't currently under discussion. ??There isn't anybody at the front of the line for moving. There isn't anybody moving anywhere right now,'' he said. Selig also expressed worry about Florida's other major league team, the Devil Rays, who are a major league-worst 28-61 and have never finished above .500 since starting play in 1998. Manager Lou Piniella last month criticized the team's ownership, saying: ??They're not interested in the present, they're interested in the future. And that's their right.'' New York investor Stuart Sternberg last year bought 48 percent of the team, which is run by managing general partner Vince Naimoli. There has been speculation that Sternberg will take over at some point. ??That's a thing that he and Vince Naimoli are going to have to work out,'' Selig said. ??Obviously, they're struggling on the field and off the field in a lot of different ways. It's another area that if you look at the basic demographics, it should be a good major league market, and the fact that they've struggled as much as they have is obviously ? it's always a concern.'' Source: AP Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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