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Greetings Marlins fans,

 

I haven't posted here in quite too long, but I still lurk. I have Marlins fever in the worst way. April can't come soon enough.

 

In December I was able to go on a brief tour of the construction site also known as the new Marlins ballpark...one of those know somebody who knows the right person deals. It was truly a surreal experience. My many experiences on the site for college football and my intense civic pride really made the tour even more emotional for me. It'll be a wonderful moment when the Fishies (or WBCers?) first take the field and I'm excited for how the team will be able to incorporate the baseball experience in Miami.

 

I don't want to pretend that I'm a stadium know-it-all from my 45 minute brush with greatness. Surely those of us that are on the construction webcam weekly will have a feel for how its going to be. I'm just looking to share what I saw and help get people fired up for April '12.

 

Thoughts on the stadium:

-the left field window and view of the skyline will dominate the stadium. The park is not enormous and neither is the jumbotron, so in a sense that area seems like it'll be a main focal point. The homerun feature will probably be a bit over-the-top, but I doubt it is overwhelmingly so. But the left field "window" area feels so close to the homeplate seats. After spending my whole life in a football stadium, it's going to be an adjustment getting used to just how close the jumbotron and right field upper deck feels.

 

-the color-coded sections is going to look GREAT! The stadium may have a white exterior (which in itself, I think, will be unique...like Skydome maybe), but the colorful concourses will be vibrant. Remember, there will be standing room behind the bleachers (like in Philadelphia, Citi Field, etc) so I imagine the colorful concourses will be visible from throughout the interior bowl. I don't imagine it'll be fruity or anything...instead a tasteful and exciting touch, that will work well with the skyline and really give the stadium a neat feel at night.

 

-It is a tiny stadium. This is obvious. I think attendance might actually do well in the sense that there won't be many bad seats at all.

 

-The aquarium between the batter's boxes is silly, but I am looking forward to seeing how the open spaces within the stadium (underneath the scoreboard, behind the left field stands) are used to craft a local flair.

 

-I'm a little disappointed with how tall the parking garages along 7th st. ended up. I loved driving along 7th, where the Wendy's and Walgreens are, and looking up at the imposing (and quite hideous) Orange Bowl. That view is now gone and replaced with the boxy garages. The premier view is now from 836. But it's also exciting to look out and see the cranes and the retractable roof from Julia Tuttle Causeway, McArthur Causeway etc. A whole new touch to the skyline that really competes with the AA Arena, Performing Arts Center, for your attention. And driving around Flagler and 22 or coming up 17th ave from 8th street is a thrill.

 

-Not sure how the big open plaza area is going to end up. How accessible will it be? Will it be deserted during non game-days? It'll be interesting to see how they fill that in and I'm looking forward to seeing what they end up doing with the Orange Bowl block letters.

 

Some pictures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the pictures don't work, I can put a photobucket link in or something.

 

Enjoy. Go Fish.

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Re: the green and yellow tiles. That's just what the transition area between the two zones will look like. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this comes out. We aren't one of those older east coast cities...a brick concourse would have looked fugazy. Plus, I can't imagine the concourses looking any worse than that unfinished exposed concrete look at AA Arena. I think they're going to get this thing right.

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Re: the green and yellow tiles. That's just what the transition area between the two zones will look like. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this comes out. We aren't one of those older east coast cities...a brick concourse would have looked fugazy. Plus, I can't imagine the concourses looking any worse than that unfinished exposed concrete look at AA Arena. I think they're going to get this thing right.

 

 

Fine, transition area. Even so, green and yellow tiles look tacky, no? Why green and yellow though? Any significance?

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Re: the green and yellow tiles. That's just what the transition area between the two zones will look like. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this comes out. We aren't one of those older east coast cities...a brick concourse would have looked fugazy. Plus, I can't imagine the concourses looking any worse than that unfinished exposed concrete look at AA Arena. I think they're going to get this thing right.

 

 

I don't know man, aside from the tiles, it looks like there's a lot of exposed concrete to me in the concourse. Of course it's still early. Any1 know if they plan to furnish it (is there even such a thing)?

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Re: the green and yellow tiles. That's just what the transition area between the two zones will look like. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this comes out. We aren't one of those older east coast cities...a brick concourse would have looked fugazy. Plus, I can't imagine the concourses looking any worse than that unfinished exposed concrete look at AA Arena. I think they're going to get this thing right.

 

 

Fine, transition area. Even so, green and yellow tiles look tacky, no? Why green and yellow though? Any significance?

 

They have coloured sections within the stadium - red, blue, green and yellow.

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Re: the green and yellow tiles. That's just what the transition area between the two zones will look like. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this comes out. We aren't one of those older east coast cities...a brick concourse would have looked fugazy. Plus, I can't imagine the concourses looking any worse than that unfinished exposed concrete look at AA Arena. I think they're going to get this thing right.

 

 

Fine, transition area. Even so, green and yellow tiles look tacky, no? Why green and yellow though? Any significance?

 

They have coloured sections within the stadium - red, blue, green and yellow.

 

OK very nice then. I guess it's not so bad.

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Anyone else think that retractable roof is kinda low?

 

See this thread for a detailed explanation of why that's not the case:

 

http://www.marlinsba...about-the-roof/

 

As soon as I started reading your explanation I remembered I had read if before. Good posts. And yes I was thinking of Stanton's fly balls (pun 100% intended + no homo)

"No homo" is the second gayest thing a man can say.

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Anyone else think that retractable roof is kinda low?

 

See this thread for a detailed explanation of why that's not the case:

 

http://www.marlinsba...about-the-roof/

 

As soon as I started reading your explanation I remembered I had read if before. Good posts. And yes I was thinking of Stanton's fly balls (pun 100% intended + no homo)

"No homo" is the second gayest thing a man can say.

 

Now im curious....whats #1 and 3?

Not sure about three, but the number one gayest thing a man can say is "I enjoy having sex with men".

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