More Details on the Ballpark

A few more observations from reading the 5 agreements:

  • The ballpark capacity is about 37,000 and takes up 927,703 square feet.
  • Garages and parking lots will hold at least 5,713 cars with parking likely costing more than $10 per spot per game.
  • Construction formally begins on July 1, 2009 with first concrete pouring August 20, 2009. The ballpark will be completed on March 29, 2012.
  • The Marlins are locked for 35 years subject to terms of a Non-Relocation Agreement.
  • The City of Miami may develop an MLS soccer stadium on site (subject to many restrictions).
  • There are different seating sections: Batter’s Box Seats (behind home plate), Dugout Club Seats, Owner’s Box (12 seats within the Batter’s Box Seats), Home Plate Reserved (behind Batter’s Box Seats), Field Box Seats (behind dugouts), Club Level Seats, View Level Box Seats, and Standing Room Positions.
  • Suites will come in various sizes and features: Luxury Suites, Founder Suites, Super Suite, Party Suites, Owners Suite, Home GM Box,
  • Bleachers will be located in the Fiesta Deck in the outfield.
  • A 150 person Party Room will be located behind the outfield wall and will featured catered area with 2 tiers of seats.
  • The Field Box Seats and Dugout Club and both will have a pregame buffet, in-game food service and their own bar.
  • The main concourse near left field will feature a “Taste of Miami Food Court”.
  • The scoreboard will be HD (of course) and there will be several other ribbon boards througout the ballpark.
  • Interactive Kids’ Zone will be located in the outfield by Fiesta Seats
  • The swimming pool and “beach” will be located in the outfield.
  • Main retail store will be accessible from the outside on non-game days.
  • Player’s family can relax at a private lounge near the clubhouse.
  • A special room will be allocated, if and when needed, for female umpires.
  • The bullpens will have artificial turf.

Yes, There Will Be an Animatronic Marlin in the Outfield

The new ballpark will feature a large-scale animatronic marlin in a tank which will “jump” when the Fish hit a home run. It will be placed in the “Bermuda Triangle” area in center field. Above is the overview of the “Marlins Feature” from the ballpark agreements.

Features and Dimensions of the New Marlins Ballpark

We’ve been looking closely at the renderings and here are our observations:

This is not a retro ballpark. It retains many of the swooping round design cues that can be found in both the American Airlines Arena and in the old renderings of the ballpark that included the Orange Bowl.

Dimensions are somewhat similar to Dolphin Stadium: 335 down the right field line, 392 in the gap, 416 leading to 420 in a Bermuda Triangle like layout in center, 384 in the left-field gap and 340 down the left-field line. Speaking of the Bermuda Triangle, the outfield walls curve rather than bend and the Triangle looks more like a sea shell then a triangle. Also, the outfield has a pool/beach area and a large animatronic marlin that will jump when the Marlins hit a home run. All the currently available renderings obscure that part of the ballpark which may also include a new version of the Teal Monster.

Right and center field have glass walls leading to green park areas and hopefully views of downtown Miami.

The roof both slides (like in Seattle) and accordions (like Houston). That means that the area outside the ballpark along the first base line will be partially covered when the roof is open. One side of this area is bound by a stretched spiral walkway which appears to have a large video screen for people outside the ballpark.

Conceptually, the ballpark has 3 seating tiers but even within tiers there are some breaks. The upper deck features several sections that are pushed back a bit to create standing room space. Also, the first group of rows along the first and third base lines seem to be separated from the rows above them. We’ve seen this in other ballparks where the premium seats are offset from the rest.

Large HD like scoreboards are located in the right field and left field gaps.

Outfield Glass Wall

There are several green areas around the ballpark and every external walkway is lined with trees. Some of the flat green areas appear to be recreation areas for the community to use during the off season (one even has a diamond and dugouts that) that can be converted to parking during the season.

Outfield Glass Wall

The site features four 4-story parking decks and several smaller surface lots.

Outfield Glass Wall

Marlins, County Reach Deal; Vote Scheduled for February 13th

The Florida Marlins have reached agreement with Miami-Dade County on 5 contracts (read them here) which were necessary to close the deal for the new ballpark. The agreements will face final approval by both the County and the City of Miami on February 13, 2009. Among the concessions made by the Marlins:

– If Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria sells the team in the seven years after the agreement has been reached, the county would almost double its share of any profits.

– The ball club’s $2.3 million a year in rent will go up by 2 percent each year.

– Extra costs due to scheduling or problems between the contractor and subcontractors will now be paid by the Marlins.

And, we get the first official renderings here and here.

Nolasco, Amezaga and Ross Sign; Uggla Headed to Arb

The Marlins were able to close the gap with Ricky Nolasco, Alfredo Amezaga and Cody Ross.

Florida reached agreement on a one-year deal with Ricky Nolasco early Tuesday afternoon, according to a baseball source.

The 26-year-old right-hander will earn $2.4 million, plus he can earn another $50,000 in incentives. The sides had been about $200,000 apart in recent days. Locking up Nolasco means both sides avoid an arbitration hearing.

And…

The Marlins have avoided salary arbitration with outfielder Cody Ross, who agreed to a 1-year deal for $2,225,000 shortly before Tuesday’s noon deadline.

That leaves Dan Uggla unsigned. Uggla has put up monster numbers in his first three years and rightfully believes he will get a huge number in arbitration.

Update: Uggla wants $5.35 million

Cantu and Hermida Get Big Raises

Marlins avoided arbitration with both Jorge Cantu and Jeremy Hermida:

Cantu’s deal is for $3.5 million, and it comes after he made $600,000, including $100,000 in incentives, last year. Hermida’s deal is for $2.25 million with a chance to earn another $50,000 in incentives.

Same Story, Different Day

Surprise! The final votes on the Marlins ballpark deal have been delayed until next month.

Today’s excuse?

The holidays, coupled with Tuesday’s presidential inauguration — which will be attended by several elected officials — combined to push back the final votes that could bring the team its long-elusive permanent home in South Florida.

Clearly the Fish know that this will take forever which is why they pushed groundbreaking to May or June.

Marlins Sign Jay Gibbons

The Marlins have signed Jay Gibbons to a minor league contract. The 31 year old lefty may end up as a good backup at first and in the outfield.

This is a low-risk signing for the Fish with a big upside as Gibbons has been a solid player through out his career. Unfortunately, he was named in the Mitchell Report and teams avioded him last season. With that cloud fading away, Gibbons has something to prove which is always a good motivator. You have to wonder how much impact Gibbons’ former teammate and now Marlins front office employee Jeff Conine had to do with this decision.