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.
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