August 2009

MARLINS BUILT FOUNDATION ON TWO WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS

Time Capsule with Memorabilia from 1997/2003 Championships was buried beneath the Foundation of New Ballpark

In an effort to look back at the past triumphs and look forward to a bright future in Miami, The Marlins ‘Built their Foundation on Two World Series Championships’. A time capsule with memorabilia from 1997 and 2003 World Series Championships was placed beneath the foundation for generations to come.

The concrete poured during the event constituted the foundation of one of the ‘Super Columns’. There will be a total of 12 ‘Super Columns’ supporting the retractable roof for the New Ballpark.

Leading up to Opening Day 2012, fans can follow the ballpark’s progress from a webcam that overlooks the site of the new ballpark.  These pictures can be viewed exclusively at www.marlins.com. Click on “Camera Control” to the left of the main image and zoom in and out.  You can also click on the archive tab to look back in time. The camera’s orientation is from North to South and images are updated every 15 minutes.

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The new ballpark’s footprint will have a south-east orientation, with unobstructed views of Miami’s skyline made possible by six operable glass panels.  The ballpark will be located on the parcel of land bordered by NW 6th Street to the north, NW 4th Street to the south, NW 16th Avenue to the west and NW 14th Avenue to the east. With a capacity of approximately 37,000 spectators, the retractable roof, air-conditioned ballpark will be built on 927,000 square feet on the former Orange Bowl site. The ballpark will celebrate Opening Day in April 2012 and will attract a wide variety of events throughout the

entire calendar year. 

Log on to www.marlins.com for more information on upcoming developments.

Ground broken for new Miami ballpark

The Florida Marlins officially broke ground for the new ballpark
Saturday, July 18.  The historic ceremony, hosting nearly 5,000 fans,
started at 10:00 A.M. at the site of the new Ballpark located at 1501
NW 3rd Street in Miami.

The event included the unveiling of
videos of the new Ballpark and renderings shown to the public for the
very first time. Festivities were free and open to the public with the
first 1,000 fans receiving a coupon for a ballpark-style lunch and a
commemorative Groundbreaking pin, courtesy of Gulf Plumbing.  There was
music, games, live entertainment, Billy the Marlin, the Mermaids and
Manatees, all leading up to the official ceremony that commenced at
11:00 A.M. The ceremony was hosted by Marlins broadcasters Dave Van
Horne and Felo Ramirez.  Following the groundbreaking, all fans had the
unique opportunity to participate first-hand by shoveling dirt at the
exact spot of home plate at the new ballpark.

Also participating
in the celebration were special representatives from the State of
Florida, Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami, the Marlins and Major
League Baseball.  There was also a ceremonial first pitch thrown by
Charlie Hough and caught by Benito Santiago – the first ever “battery”
in franchise history.

Seeing lines of people extending through
the site and into the street to be part of this historic moment further
confirmed how special this new ballpark will be for our fans,” said
Marlins President, David Samson. “This was a very proud day for our
community, one that made dreams into reality.”

The Badia Spices
Groundbreaking Ceremony, built by the Florida Carpenters Regional
Council, was presented by South Florida Ford Dealers, Preferred Care
Partners and Baker Concrete Construction.

Leading up to Opening
Day 2012, fans can follow the ballpark’s progress from a webcam that
overlooks the site of the new ballpark.  These pictures can be viewed
exclusively at http://www.marlins.com. Click on “Camera Control” to the left
of the main image and zoom in and out.  You can also click on the
archive tab to look back in time. The camera’s orientation is from
North to South and images are updated every 15 minutes.
                             
The
new ballpark’s footprint will have a south-east orientation, with
unobstructed views of Miami’s skyline made possible by six operable
glass panels.  The ballpark will be located on the parcel of land
bordered by NW 6th Street to the north, NW 4th Street to the south, NW
16th Avenue to the west and NW 14th Avenue to the east. With a capacity
of approximately 37,000 spectators, the retractable roof,
air-conditioned ballpark will be built on 928,000 square feet on the
former Orange Bowl site. The ballpark will celebrate Opening Day in
April 2012 and will attract a wide variety of events throughout the
entire calendar year.

Log on to www.marlins.com for more information on upcoming developments.

Marlins poured concrete for new ballpark

The Florida Marlins poured the foundation for the new ballpark August
14th, 2009. The concrete pour was the first of twelve that will be
needed to complete the foundation for all the super columns.  There
will be approximately 450 different foundation pours that will be held
throughout the project. Those pours will form the foundation for the 12
super columns supporting the roof as well as other load-bearing
foundations.
 
This first construction milestone took place
over an 8 foot deep hole, measuring 40 ft. by 40 ft.  A total of
approximately 250 cubic yards of concrete was poured this morning. An
estimated 60,000 cubic yards will be poured in the Marlins New Ballpark
all together.

The concrete crew at the New Marlins Ballpark was
composed of 25 workers. Contractor Colasanti Specialty Services Inc.
spearheaded the foundation work with the help of various Community
Small Business Enterprises (CSBE) and Small Business Enterprises (SBE)
affiliated contractors.

The concrete mix consists of water,
cement, and aggregate with a compressive strength of 6,000 pounds per
square inch (psi). The process of pouring concrete started with
excavating and dewatering of the grounds. Earth forms are then created
in the shape of the foundation and then the reinforcement is set.  This
process was completed today with the placing of the concrete.