Marlins Have a New Home
It took 12 years of constant, persistent lobbying, but the Florida Marlins are finally getting the retractable roof home they've lusted after for so long. According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, Miami-Dade County commissioners approved the stadium by a 10-3 vote. And, in a move that's only appropriate for the length of time it took to approve the stadium, deliberations before the final approval lasted more than nine hours.
The new park will be located on the current Orange Bowl grounds, and should open in 2012. The team has an ongoing lease at Dolphins Stadium through 2010, meaning that a one-year patch for 2011 would buy enough time to segue into its new home.
If there's an interesting facet to the approval happening now, it's the role that Major League Baseball played in getting the vote through. MLB has been stressing Miami's importance as a "Gateway to the Caribbean," making the Marlins' stability in Miami of paramount importance to the league's expansion into Central and South America.
Now, with the World Baseball Classic finals being held at the new park in 2013, there's even a signature event in the offing for another park that doesn't yet exist.
So, what do people think about the new digs for the fish? Considering the fact that that Nats will have to play there nine times a year, will anyone plan on making the trips? And does baseball really belong in Miami? How much are Florida's scattershot crowds due to apathy, and how much are they due to having to watch a team play in cavernous Dolphins Stadium?
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