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“Not much character” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Marlins Park

Marlins Park
501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125
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Ranked #11 of 278 things to do in Miami
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Memphis, Tennessee
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Not much character”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

I was surprised at the lack of character. There just isn't too much to say in that regard. I bought a Cuban sandwich at the Taste of Miami section. It wasn't evenly hot. It was a large sandwich, tasty, and a decent value. The stadium is intimate and there's good seating. I also like the multitude of areas where you can stand and eat (and in most cases, watch the game at the same time). I took a cab to and from the park, and the cab drivers navigated easily to and from the park.

Visited August 2013
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Great modern stadium, able to see action even when purchasing food, but misses the great ambience of its predecessor.

Visited September 2012
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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“Nice New Ballpark”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

I went to the see the Marlin's late in June'13. Their ballpark is beautiful and quite comfortable. Like all modern parks it has all the amenities one could want. It would be wrong not to mention it has a retractable roof that was closed for the game. The AC worked like a dream...especially on a steamy Florida summer night.

The best thing about the ballpark: The outfield bar. Buy the least expensive ticket in the house...and just enjoy a few beers at the apex of the outfield. the GIANT TV (adjacent) ensures you have the best seat...maybe standing room...in the house.

Parking was easy but cost a lot. Traffic getting to the ballpark wasn't bad, but the game was far from a sellout. If it was a busy night...I would think traffic would be awful.

It was actually difficult to find a ticket window. They are not near parking...rather about 1/3 of the way around the stadium on the stadium wall (I may have just gone the wrong way...but was following the crowd. The ticket sellers were very efficient and pleasant. I always feel kind of dumb as (of course) the ticket sales folks easily went back and forth from Spanish to English.

The food....was a bit of a disappointment. Kind of all plastic "Disney" versions of what should be at a baseball game.

The one thing that was missing from the ballpark...character. It was all sort of perfect...but all sort of contrived. That said...once the "new smell" is gone this may be a really great place to see a game.

Visited June 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

One of major league baseball's newest stadiums, Marlins Park is in downtown Miami and stands out on the skyline like a spaceship just landed. Built to accommodate fans in the tropics with a motorized roof and big windows overlooking downtown, the facility is located on the site of the old Orange Bowl in the heart of "Little Havana" neighborhood of Miami. Though no rapid transit serves the location, the Metrorail does go fairly nearby and buses do transport fans to and from the stadium. A trolley fleet goes from downtown Miami (Bayside/Biscayne Blvd) to the stadium and back for every game. It is on a regular bus line.
Plopped amidst aging duplex/triplex/appartment houses from the 50's and 60's the area surrounding the park is not conducive to long time visits and walking tours. Basically you go to the stadium see the game and leave. The Marlins management touted a myriad of national retail shops and restaurants around the ball park.......none of which has happened; only, monolithic city parking garages. For $15 you can park right at the site. Sellers have lots nearby at $10 or less...however, it is not unusal to get blocked in until the end of the game....hence: pay extra for the team/city's gargages which are well managed and secured.
Once up the escalator into the building there's a color scheme of garish yellows,blues and greens which were designed to be Miamiesque. Perhaps. Various murals and sculptures dot the walls with mainly tropical design. There are several "signature" items that certainly set Marlins Park aside from others: A hideous centerfield sculpture that becomes an action mobile when a Marlin hits a home run (infrequent) An acquarium with exotic tropical fish is behind homeplate (largely invisible to the audience but well within good eye sight of the opposing team catchers and umpires). A bobblehead "museum" display behind first base featuring hundreds of MLB bobbles...all bobbling!!!

Wide concourses offer sweeping views of the playing surface with fast food restaurants side by side around the entire stadium. It's worth the walk as you land at the Budweiser bar in deepest centerfield....an excellent place to kibbitz and watch the game from a different perspective. Below the BUD bar is the Clevelander bar and playground complete with swimming pool. This is a favrorite of younger fans and generally ranges from rowdy to rowdier....something not associated with the rest of the stadium. Bathrooms are plentiful and easily accessible. There are plenty of elevators and escalators to move fans between the three seating tiers.
Sightlines are Camdenyardesque. Not really a bad seat in the house and a wide pricing scheme. With the dimensions of the field a ridiculous 418ft to dead center 335 to right field foul pole, most of the balls hit STAY in the stadium...means a seat in right field isn't at all a bad deal.
Some vendors wander amidst the crowd hawking mostly beer, cotton candy and ice cream. Hot dogs/hamburgers/chicken/tacos/pizzas and more exotic fare you have to go up to the concourse. Prices: ballpark high...on a par with San Francisco's ATT Park.
With the team being a loser for the most part, the stadium and its newness is supposedly attracting fans. That ship has sailed. Most weekday nights vs. mediocre/even high competition will find 5-10,000 people (many fans of the opponents). Cubbie, Mets, the infrequent Yankees will boost the crowds a bit. However, there's no chance of a sellout and tickets are easily available EVERYWHERE at game time or via one of the on-line discount ticket brokers.
Marlins Park is unique amidst the MLB 31 other parks. It is a good place to see a game. There is an intimacy and with the roof closed, almost a quiet, living room feel to the place. As the team improves, so may the vibe.

Visited September 2012
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Melbourne, Florida, United States
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Nice park, lousy food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Overpriced food that is poor quality. Rubber hot dogs with no flavor.
Great indoor stadium. Didn't get to see dome opened, would be nice. Great view from behind home plate. Good view of downtown from outfield windows.

Visited July 2013
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