Team Says Small Ballpark Will Not Work

After consulting with architects, construction professionals and consultants to Major League Baseball, the Florida Marlins have concluded that it is not feasible to construct a smaller, 25,000-seat baseball park that would later be expandable to up to 40,000 seats with a retractable roof. On April 4, immediately after Florida Governor Jeb Bush expressed his opposition to the Florida Marlins’ financing plan to build a 40,000-seat baseball park, the team began to explore several alternatives including the possibility of building a new ballpark in stages. Given Chairman John W. Henry’s desire to keep a young, improving team together despite impending player arbitration cases in the coming off season, it is critical that the Marlins pursue a plan that would put them in a ballpark capable of generating competitive revenue streams by Opening Day, 2004.

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