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.
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.
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.