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.

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.

Latest Ballpark D-Day: January 22, 2009

The Marlins are finalizing five agreements with the City and Country and expect all 5 to come up for final vote on January 22.

Five documents still must be agreed upon by commissioners from the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County. The vote is expected on Jan. 22. If all goes according to script, that could be the day the team’s retractable-roof park will become official.

What are these documents?

The five documents that commissioners will address are: City/parking agreement; operating agreement; construction/administration agreement; non-relocation agreement; and the assurance agreement, where all parties are bound by all agreements.

We also learned that ground breaking is scheduled for sometime between May 15 and June 15th.

If You Build a Stadium Website, It Will Come

There’s an addition to the Marlins family and it’s not a new catcher or outfielder, it’s a website for the new ballpark: http://www.marlinsnewballpark.com/.

First, there are a couple of design elements that standout. The website is orange and black (kind of like the colors of Fish@Bat) and the favicon is the Marlins “M” (again, kind of like our favicon). We know that the team is changing to Miami and we also know that there will be new uniforms so this is possibly a first step.

Also, The Marlins are also trying to generate some viral buzz, asking fans to show their support by printing banners and submitting photos. Amazingly enough, though, they insist that you print the banners professionally so I’m guessing this won’t go too far. Regardless, we look forward to seeing this site grow, especially when those design renderings are finally available.