March 2011

Retractable Roof of New Marlins Ballpark Nears Completion

MIAMI – Approximately one year away from Opening day in Little Havana, the New Marlins Ballpark is reaching another milestone, the installation of the last major structural piece of steel to be installed on the retractable roof. Media is invited to the Topping Out Ceremony, which will be held on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:45 A.M. to celebrate this historic moment. The project remains on-time, on-budget and continues to exceed all local employment participation goals. (Media is advised to arrive no later than 9:30 A.M. and must park on 1694 NW 5 Street, Miami (Parking entrance is at the corner of NW 17 Avenue and NW 5th Street).

The topping out ceremony at the Marlins Ballpark will commemorate the last major structural piece of steel of the retractable roof. The steel piece will be signed by over 800 construction workers as well as Marlins Executives, Miami Dade County officials, and City of Miami officials.

After this steel beam is installed, the remaining infill steel will be added prior to decking the center panel of the retractable roof. The last steel beam weighs approximately 6,845 pounds and will measure approximately 38 feet long. The retractable roof is composed of 11,000 pieces of steel held together by welds and over 115,240 bolts. In all, the retractable roof weighs approximately 7,500 tons.

This 1000-year-old topping out tradition started in Scandinavia when workers would place an evergreen tree on the highest structural element of construction as a symbol of the workers’ ‘respect for nature’s contribution to the building process.’ This tradition continues as a sign of good faith and well wishes for the building and its inhabitants. The traditional topping out tree will be placed on the last piece of steel at the New Marlins Ballpark.


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The Florida Marlins announced today the highly-anticipated return of Baker Concrete “Super Saturdays” at Sun Life Stadium

Pitbull and El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico Kick Off All-Star Lineup of Saturday Night Concerts



The Florida Marlins announced today the highly-anticipated return of Baker Concrete “Super Saturdays” at Sun Life Stadium. Miami-born Cuban-American international superstar Pitbull will launch the 2011 Super Saturdays lineup on April 2 followed by Puerto Rico’s Latin Grammy Award-winning salsa music orchestra El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico on April 23.

For the fifth-consecutive season, each of the 11 Saturday home games will be designated as a Super Saturday, consisting of a post-game concert featuring internationally-acclaimed recording artists, pregame activities at the Strike Zone for the entire family, and amazing fan giveaways. The concert and all other activities are free with each ticket purchased for the Marlins game that night; however, fans can enhance their “Super Saturday” experience by purchasing $25 VIP “Pit Passes” which provide on-the-field access for the post-game concert. In addition, the Marlins are featuring a special 16-game Super Saturday ticket plan, which includes discounted pricing on tickets to all 11 Super Saturdays, Opening Night (April 1), Closing Day (Sept. 28) and three additional games.

Baker Concrete Super Saturdays will feature pregame parties at The Strike Zone at Gate H including:

? Celebrity, player and alumni autograph sessions
? Appearances from Billy The Marlin, Lil’ Billy, the Mermaids and Manatees
? Special prizes and live TV/radio broadcasts
? Interactive giveaways for fans on specific Saturdays (full giveaways schedule available at

The first two acts of the 2011 Baker Concrete Super Saturdays are no strangers to the South Florida community:

April 2 – Pitbull

Miami-born Cuban-American rapper Pitbull, a.k.a. Armando Christian Prez, is a chart-topping crossover star who has taken the Billboard Top 10 singles charts by storm with his recent string of hits including “On the Floor” with Jennifer Lopez, “I Like It” with Enrique Iglesias, “Hey Baby” featuring T-Pain, and “Bon Bon.” Pitbull debuted on Lil Jon’s 2002 album Kings of Crunk, after which he released his debut album in 2004 titled M.I.A.M.I. and hit singles “Culo” and “Toma.” Pitbull released his sophomore album El Mariel in 2006, followed by The Boatlift in 2007. In 2009, Pitbull released his fourth album, Pitbull Starring in REBELUTION, which included his highest charting single ever “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” and follow-up top-10 hit “Hotel Room Service.” Pitbull released a full-length debut Spanish-language album titled Armando last year and is expected to release his latest album, Planet Pit, sometime in 2011.

April 23 – El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico

Led by pianist and musical director, Rafael Ithier, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico is one of Puerto Rico’s greatest salsa music orchestras. Four decades after their inception, the 13-piece Latin Grammy Award-winning group continues to inspire dancers with its horn-punctuated Latin rhythms and lush vocal harmonies. Their 1984 album titled Breaking the Ice led to their first Grammy nomination. In 2002, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico celebrated their 40th anniversary with two sold-out concerts at the Ruben Rodrguez Coliseum in Bayamn, Puerto Rico. This celebration spawned a renowned album that was recognized as one of the best of the year. A year later, they received a Grammy for Best Tropical Album. Among other musicians, they are one of the “enduring superstars of the island.”

An official announcement regarding the remaining nine Super Saturday concerts will be coming soon. For more information on Baker Concrete Super Saturdays and to purchase tickets, visit or call 1-877-MARLINS.




 MIAMI – The entire Diamond Club seating area at the New Marlins Ballpark is now sold out for the 2012 season; all of the 379 all-inclusive Diamond Club seats, set up right behind home plate, have been sold for the entire 2012 season. Other premium seating in the New Ballpark is also selling quickly. Currently, fewer than 80 of 296 seats in the Dugout Clubs, located behind the first- and third-base lines, remain available for 2012. To date fewer than 20 seats are available in the Championship Suites.

“We are very pleased with ticket sales at the New Ballpark and we’re confident that it will be filled throughout the 2012 season and beyond,” said David Samson, Marlins President. “The South Florida community has responded with enthusiasm since our groundbreaking and we look forward to moving into our permanent home in Miami next season.”

The New Marlins Ballpark will have many seating options that fit every fan’s budget with tickets starting at just $10. For more information, please visit or call 1-877-MARLINS.




March 1- Marlins released detailed progress of construction at their new ballpark. Reports indicate construction is going as planned and remains on budget. From the Marlins official website:


The construction of the New Marlins Ballpark is progressing according to plan;

         The first two of three segments of the Center Retractable roof truss have been de-centered and moved. The last Center truss erection has begun and is scheduled to be de-centered during the month of March. The Center panels are the final and biggest of the three retractable roof panels. The retractable roof is made up of three panels (East, Center and West) that will move independent of each other or in tandem. When in the open position, the East and West retractable roof panels will roll underneath the Center Panel.

         Interior walls are approximately 90% constructed. Final finishes will be continuing throughout the year.

         The exterior curtainwall system is being installed on the West side, with 140 panels installed to date.

         Seat installation began in February along Baseline Reserved Section 1.

         The main scoreboard video panels have been erected. The Right Field Score Board Panel and fascia ribbon boards began installation in February. Including the main Scoreboard, there will be approximately 46 display boards throughout the Ballpark.

         Sports Lights are installed around the bowl.

         The foundations of the four garages are complete. Tilt up walls in the North garages have been erected the five floors poured. Tilt up walls for the South garages are being erected.


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