Floats, musical, bands, giant balloons, exotic animals, folkloric groups and characters flooded the streets of Calle Ocho this past Sunday, Jan. 12 at the 44th Annual Three Kings Parade to honor National League Rookie of the Year, Jose Fernandez, as the Grand Marshall. Univision Radio, Miami radio stations, WAMR – Amor 107.5 FM, WAQI – Radio Mambi 710AM, WRTO – MIX 98.3 FM and Univision America – 1140 AM featured entertainment for fans of all ages. Other special guests present at the parade were “Despierta America” host and winner of “¡Mira Quién Baila!” Johnny Lozada and Disney’s most loved characters, Mickey and Minnie, among others.
Sponsors included South Florida Ford Dealers as presenting sponsor, Viva Travel, South Dade Toyota, Baptist Health South Florida, Gus Machado Ford, Leon Medical Centers, Goya, CAC and Careplus, Headquarter Toyota, Simply Healthcare, Kendall Toyota, Coral Gables Hospital, 411 Pain, Metro PCS, Post Cereal, Molina Healthcare, Mahatma, Arsht Center-Flamenco Festival Miami, Institute of Nutrition, Toyota of South Florida, Milca Soda Roja, Ambar Motors, Wellmax Medical Center and US Blood Bank.
ATTN: All dancers, cheerleaders, gymnasts and break dancers come out and show off your skills
Think you got the moves to steal the spotlight? If so, come out and audition to be part of The Miami Marlins Energy Team! The Miami Marlins are searching for talented female and male dancers, cheerleaders, gymnasts and break dancers to be part of the team. Open auditions will take place at January 25, 2014 at the Marlins Park.
The Miami Marlins Energy Team is a high-energy squad with a unique mix of gymnastics, hip-hop, acrobatics, modern jazz funk and break dancing. These fabulous dancers bring excitement and entertainment to the Miami Marlins home games and appearances throughout the community. All positions are paid.
Not only will the team perform at home games but will also receive exposure through media, high profile events and community relations and receive extensive training in various styles by the best choreographers and coaches in Miami. All rehearsals, games and community appearances are paid events.
Four local charities selected will receive $25,000 and be designated 2014 Marlins Charity Partners
The Marlins Foundation is seeking to partner with charity organizations for the 2014 Charity Partner Empowerment Fund. The organization chosen must provide direct and unique programming for kids through education, arts and baseball related facilities.
Four organizations will be selected and each will receive a $25,000 donation along with season long benefits. These benefits include volunteers from Marlins Ayudan, recognition throughout the season at Marlins Park, exposure with media partners and player involvement.
“During the first two years at Marlins Park, the Marlins Foundation invested over $1.9 million in philanthropy in South Florida and over 14,000 hours of volunteer service was completed through Marlins Ayudan.” said Miami Marlins President, David Samson.
In addition to the $100,000 Charity Partner Empowerment Fund, the Marlins Foundation will continue to support South Florida charities, schools and neighborhood organizations throughout the year with other programs and fundraising initiatives.
Listed below is a timeline for the Marlins Charity Partner Empowerment Fund
• Pre-proposal live (online): Friday, January 10, 2014.
• Pre-proposal due (online): Friday, January 31, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.
• Notification and invitation to full-proposal: Friday, February 21, 2014.
• Announcement of 2014 Charity Partners: Opening Night @ Marlins Park, Monday, March 31, 2014.
If you are interested and would like more information on how to apply, please visit marlins.com/empowermentfund
Marlins Park is a state-of-the-art retractable roof ballpark located in the heart of Miami, on the historic Orange Bowl site. The ballpark features unobstructed views of Miami’s skyline made possible by six operable glass panels and has a capacity of 37,442. Conceived as an abstraction of “water merging with land”, symbolic of Miami’s coastal landscape, Marlins Park offers fans the most incredible baseball experience where beauty and baseball merge. The ballpark will host a wide variety of events throughout the calendar year. Here are some of the reasons why Marlins Park is the best of its kind.
SIT CLOSER THAN EVER
Rarely have the words ballpark and intimacy blended so well together. Seats at Marlins Park are among the closest to the playing field in all of baseball. Every seat has been placed with only one thing in mind – to provide guests with the ultimate fan experience. You will always be comfortable, cool and close to all the action and excitement.
The site is fewer than two miles from downtown Miami, only three-quarters of a mile from the westbound SR 836 exit at 12th Avenue, and 0.4 miles from the eastbound exit at 17th Avenue. Via Interstate 95, the site is 1.25 miles from the NW 8th Street exit.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING
Transportation to Marlins Park includes the Civic Center Metrorail Station and Culmer Metrorail station, Tri-rail – Metrorail transfer and the City of Miami Trolley Service. Also, fans will be able to park anywhere along the Miami-Dade Metrorail system, exit at Culmer Station and enjoy the dedicated Express Shuttle to Marlins Park. There will also be pedestrian access, bicycle routes, taxi and limousine access, bridge opening regulations to alleviate traffic, civic center parking and group bus parking.
Marlins Park will also feature four state-of-the-art parking facilities with a capacity of 4,700 vehicles. The parking garages will be managed by the City of Miami. The parking garages are located along first base, third base, home plate and center field, which render their names. Garage parking pricing will be dynamic. There will also be 1,000 parking spaces in surface lots to the east and west of the ballpark. A majority of season ticket packages come with a reserved parking space right next door to the ballpark. Fans purchasing single-game tickets may also purchase parking in a garage based on availability.
CONCOURSE OF ACTION
The ballpark will feature an open 360-degree Promenade Level, giving fans a live view of the playing field no matter where they are. The Taste of Miami concession stands, provided by Levy Restaurants, feature Don Camaron, Papo Llega y Pon and Latin American Grill, and will provide specialty items, including seafood, pork sandwiches and Cuban sandwiches. This area will be located on the Promenade Level on the third base side, looking out at Miami’s skyline. Levy Restaurants is the official concessionaire partner of the Marlins, welcoming each fan with world-class food and heartfelt hospitality. Marlins Park will also contain accessible seating locations and aisle-transfer seats offering a full complement of prices, locations and amenities.
The Marlins are committed to offering fans the best baseball experience and that starts with keeping a cool environment, literally. The state-of-the-art retractable roof will ensure that Marlins fans never again have to worry about the unpredictable Miami weather. The roof and air conditioning will provide a cool, comfortable environment every day. At Marlins Park, it will always be 75 degrees.
Marlins Park is the smallest ballpark in baseball with a maximum capacity of 37,442.
The Marlins broke ground in July 2009 and after 33 months of construction, the team opened Marlins Park for the 2012 MLB season.
The Miami Marlins are committed to offering affordable baseball entertainment to fit every budget. Marlins Park will have many individual seating options starting at just $15.
TIMELINE TO MARLINS PARK
March 8 – Following the lead of Miami Dade County Commission, the City of Miami Commission votes, unanimously, to move the planned $490 million project to the site of the Orange Bowl.
May 24 – The Miami-Dade County commissioners give approval to the City of Miami for a large financing package that could help fund the construction of a new ballpark on the current site of the Orange Bowl. The plan is for a 37,000 seat retractable roof ballpark. The County and City would contribute $370 million, through tourist tax and general obligation bonds, and the Marlins would give $155 million plus pay for cost overruns. The team would also be renamed the “Miami Marlins”.
December 18 – Miami-Dade County Commission votes in favor of two proposals that would assist in funding.
January 23- Miami-Dade County will contribute $347 million, mostly from tourist dollars. The City of Miami will pay $23 million, with $10 million going to the demolition of the Orange Bowl. They will also pay $94 million for a new parking garages. The Marlins will pay $155 million, $120 million up front, with the rest in installments of $2.3 million in rent and contributions towards capital improvements. The team agrees to a 35 year lease, to pay for cost overruns and to change their name to the “Miami Marlins”.
February 21 – City and County Commissioners vote to approve funding for a new ballpark for the Marlins.
November 21 – Circuit Judge Jeri Beth Cohen signs an order that says that a voter referendum is not required for the 37,000-seat stadium’s financing plan. This decision is the final remaining charge of Norman Braman’s original seven court lawsuits and Judge Cohen rules in favor of the Marlins in all of them.
March 19 – Miami commissioners approve building the new ballpark in a 3–2 vote. Commissioners also approve, by a 4–1 vote, a bid waiver for a private contractor, Hunt/Moss, A Joint Venture, to build the ballpark.
March 23 – Miami-Dade County commissioners vote, 9-4, ending the Marlins’ 15-year quest for a permanent home by agreeing to the stadium complex to rise on the grounds of the old Orange Bowl site. Also, by a 10–3 vote, commissioners approve a bid waiver for the ballpark’s private contractor. Florida Marlins will be renamed Miami Marlins.
April 1 – Miami’s planning board votes 6–1 to approve the overall construction permit for the Marlins’ new ballpark.
July 1 – Miami-Dade County commissioners cast the final vote on a set of last-minute changes that cleared the way for the sale of more than $300 million in bonds to pay for construction of a new ballpark in Little Havana. The team contribution increases to $161.2 million.
July 18 – Groundbreaking.
August 14 – First foundation pour for the new ballpark.
August 26 – Marlins bury time capsule with memorabilia from the 1997 and 2003 World Series Championships, as well as items from 2009 and 1993.
September – Eight “Super Column” foundations are poured and completed; first vertical concrete pour for the ‘super columns’.
October – Passing of the 100th day of construction; Marlins launch new ballpark website.
November – The first deck on the west side has been cast and the first main concourse pour is 75% formed; The Marlins, together with Hunt/Moss, A Joint Venture, Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami launch program to help local workers find employment.
December – West administration deck and the east administration deck have been finalized.
January – The Marlins new ballpark welcomed the New Year ahead of schedule; Eight of the 12 super columns that will support the retractable roof completed; public Infrastructure improvements for the month of January include installation of a new 48” Storm Drainage System; six months into construction, Marlins announce 63% of workers are from Miami-Dade County, 28% are from the City of Miami.
February – The super-columns are all nearly complete, with one crossbeam already in place, which will support the retractable roof; Marlins together with Hunt/Moss and Populous conducted a green media tour to announce that Marlins Park is implementing several green initiatives in order to achieve LEED Certification.
March – With six of the 10 track beams in place, initial preparations for the next major phase of construction – retractable roof steel erection – now underway on the west end of the site; All seven levels of the Ballpark can now be seen on the west side of the bowl.
June – The steel beams that will form the fixed roof structure on the west side of the ballpark are being installed.
June 15 – Marlins Park Sales Headquarters opens.
July – Installation of the retractable roof steel trusses has begun. The trusses make up the structure of the retractable roof; the interior bowl is being completed; the concrete structure of the Promenade, Administrative, Founders and Media levels have been completed; Marlins hosted hard hat media tour to mark one year of construction at the New Ballpark site; the project is approximately 35% complete.
August – The Legends level is two elevated deck pours away from completion while the rakers that will support the seating structure continue with production; Marlins chose Tickets.com as new ticketing service provider; project is approximately 40% complete.
September – The foundations for the two north garages now 100% complete; a total of four sets of stairs, two ramps and four escalators located behind home plate have already been installed; Diamond Club seats for Marlins Park nearly sold out.
November – The main center roof being constructed; structure that supports the scoreboard is being installed; first sets of sports lights installed just above left and center field.
December – Final and biggest of the three retractable roof panels, the Center, is underway; the two south garages’ foundations are 90% and 65% complete.
January – Kitchens and concession stands taking shape.
February – Interior walls are approximately 85% constructed; sports lights are installed around the bowl.
February 15 – First seat installed at Marlins Park. Season ticket holder helps install red seat located in Section 19, Row H, Seat 12.
March – Completion of final roof panel; interior walls are approximately 95% constructed; main scoreboard video panels have been erected; hand rails are being installed at the upper concourse, lower bowl.
April 4 – One year away from Opening Night 2012.
May – Seat installation is ongoing. To date, approximately 18,000 seats have been installed.
June – Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing work are progressing throughout the ballpark.
July – Championship suites and Diamond Club seats sell out for 2012 season.
August – Air conditioning has been powered on; MVP Suites sell out for the entire 2012 season.
September – Marlins team receives the 2011 Tekla North America BIM Award for New Marlins Ballpark; painting of walls, ceilings and doors are ongoing in all levels.
October – Flooring throughout the Marlins Clubhouse and other interior rooms currently being installed; hot and cold plunge pools have been installed in the Clubhouse; Marlins unveil The Clevelander at the New Marlins Ballpark.
November – All seats have been installed; installation of ceramic wall and floor tile through the ballpark is ongoing.
November 11 – Marlins unveil new uniforms and new name: Miami Marlins.
December – The decking of the retractable roof is complete; the months of November and December have marked record-breaking ticket sales; the white roof membrane is 95% complete; Marlins continue to fill over 2,000 positions at the New Marlins Ballpark; 52% of firms working on the project are from Miami-Dade County, 60% of the workers are from Miami-Dade County, 27% are from the City of Miami.
January – Ballpark is 94% complete; concrete installed for left field swimming pool; installing TVs throughout; Marlins announce Taste of Miami partners, local shops, Papo Llega y Pon, Latin American Grill and Don Camarón will have a spot at Marlins Park; Marlins announce La Baguette, Holiday Bakery and YoBlendz as West Plaza retail restaurants.
February – Laying of the sod, installing clubhouse lockers; enclosure of aquariums behind home plate.
March – A Taste of Miami food court area to be finished.
March 3 – Fanfest.
March 5 – Belen vs. Columbus high school game.
March 6-7 – Spring training games with UM and FIU.
April 1-2 – Exhibition games against New York Yankees.
April 4 – Opening Night against the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
COST OF BUILDING MARLINS PARK
The cost of Marlins Park was $515 million. The Miami Marlins provided $161.2 million and were committed to funding any and all construction cost overruns, though there were none. Additionally, the team purchased from the City of Miami $100 million worth of parking spaces in the newly constructed garage and will pay for maintenance, repairs, operations and insurance.
Miami-Dade County will provided for the ballpark $50 million of Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond funds that were specifically allocated for the Orange Bowl site and $297 million of county tourist-tax revenues. Under Florida law, these funds are set aside exclusively for tourism-related projects. No new taxes were levied for the project, nor were any tax rates increased. The City of Miami, provided the land and $13 million towards construction.
MIAMI’S SPORTS TRADITION EVOLVES…
Marlins Park replaced the legacy of the memorable Orange Bowl in Little Havana, just west of downtown Miami. With Marlins Park, the former Orange Bowl site will open its next chapter, continuing a legendary 77-year history of football, baseball, soccer, public events and major concerts attended by tens of millions of fans. Situated on the same footprint, Marlins Park will be the anchor for major redevelopment in the area. The home of the Marlins is a first-class ballpark, constructed on approximately 17 acres of the historic 42-acre Orange Bowl site. The ballpark features a unique structure composed of a natural grass playing field, including 39 private suites, the moveable wall in left field showcasing spectacular views of downtown Miami, two 450-gallon salt water aquariums located on each side of home plate, and incredible food options at The Clevelander, Taste of Miami, concessions and shops on the West Plaza.
Miami-Dade County owns Marlins Park and the City of Miami owns the four adjacent parking garages. The Miami Marlins, however, are responsible for maintaining and operating the ballpark.
Marlins Park is the first retractable roof Gold LEED Certified facility in the world. The ballpark’s environmentally friendly design incorporates conservation, sustainability and energy efficiency. During construction, the Miami Marlins recycled more than 98 % of the construction waste and engaged in pollution prevention plans. The design of the ballpark and the materials selected help promote conservation, pollution prevention as well as water reduction and energy efficiency. The Marlins also engaged in an indoor air quality plan to ensure the comfort and well-being of all fans.
THE WEST PLAZA
The West Plaza at Marlins Park is a major change from the character of the old Orange Bowl. The west plaza reconnects Little Havana and creates an urban center. The West Plaza is unlike any other place in Miami, changing as the roof is rolled over the park below. The ballpark will feature four retail shops, including La Baguette, Holiday Bakery and YoBlendz intentionally creating a street edge that connects to the surrounding neighborhood. Fans will enjoy comfortable dining, shopping as well as special events, concerts and more. The West Plaza is the size of three and a half football fields and will be open to the public 365 days a year.
MAKE A SPLASH AT THE CLEVELANDER
Literally, fans can enjoy an authentic South Beach experience at Marlins Park. The Clevelander at Marlins Park will feature an exciting, poolside venue with great food, entertainment and private event space year-round. The Clevelander at Marlins Park will hold approximately 260 guests and will also offer Field Level seats, select table service located beside the Marlins bullpen, and a menu of great Clevelander classic food selections with a ballpark twist. The Clevelander at Marlins Park will also be home to the exciting entertainment of the original South Beach location, including dancers and DJs live from the pool area. The new poolside bar and grill will also be open for extended periods following each Marlins home game, and will also be available for private events for corporations, social groups and friendly gatherings.
• 37,442 spectators in three seating decks
• Home Run Porch in right field
• 39 premium and luxury suites
• Three-panel retractable roof
• 928,000 square feet facility on the former Orange Bowl site
• Promenade Level average width: 40 feet
• Vista Level average width: 26 feet
• Field dimensions:
Left field: 344’
Left field power alley: 386’
Center field: 418’
Right field power alley: 392’
Right field: 335’
• State of the art concession and restroom amenities
• Ballpark is an urban gallery filled with color and light, a reflection of Miami’s diverse culture
• West plaza for year-round use
• The Clevelander at Marlins Park is a unique pool-side bar and grill area accessible to individuals and groups and is located in left field.
• Taste of Miami is located down the third base line of the Promenade Level.
• Half-acre moveable glass wall is 240 feet wide by 60 feet high.
• Street-level retail shops include – La Baguette, YoBlendz and Holiday Bakery
• Street-level team store
• High definition main scoreboard measuring 51 feet tall by 101 feet wide
RETRACTABLE ROOF FACTS
• 3 panels elevated over the playing field and ballpark canopy
• 547 foot span track to track
• 338,000 square feet of roof surface areas (7.76 acres)
• 216 foot clearance over second base
• 13 minute operation to fully close or fully open the roof
• 4 to 5 minutes to open or close the moveable glass wall
• Roof panels can be operated independently to produce micro shading effects over the playing field and/or guests
• 6th retractable roof MLB facility
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES AT MARLINS PARK
Marlins Park features five art installations that differentiate it dramatically from other ballparks in the country. This effort was part of Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places initiative.
Miami-Dade Art in Public Places serves the community through the implementation of art installations and educational programming dedicated to enriching the public environment and to preserving and enhancing the artistic and civic pride of Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade Art in Public Places promotes collaboration and creative art projects that improve the visual quality of public spaces. At their most successful, these public art installations can transform public spaces from ordinary civic areas to sites that can lift the spirit and connect with the community.
Marlins Park will feature works of art from renowned artists Daniel Arsham/Snarkitecture, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Red Grooms. The signature home run sculpture will be implemented by American pop artist Red Grooms. A pioneer of site-specific sculpture and installation art, Grooms “sculpto-pictorama” design for the home run sculpture depicts an elaborate tableau of bright colors, stylized water and spectacular lasers. Dotted with clouds, flamingos, seagulls and plenty of Florida-inspired kitsch, the design incorporates moving parts that will activate when a Marlins home run is hit. He’s internationally known for his enormous outdoor spectacles, starting with his urban “happenings” back in the 1960s.
In addition to Grooms, Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, an originator of kinetic and color sculpture, will transform Marlins Park’s main entrance, while local artist and architect Daniel Arsham will light up the structure’s towering columns and also provide a tribute to the now-demolished Orange Bowl.
Upon arriving at the ballpark, fans will experience Cruz-Diez’s unique perspective on perception and color when walking on the East Plaza toward the Home Plate entrance. Occupying four acres of land on the west side of the ballpark, the West Plaza will be one of the largest of any stadium in the history of the United States and will serve as a canvas for Cruz-Diez to transform the vast, urban space into a beautiful, inviting and active entrance. An integral element of the plaza hardscape, the geometric paving patterns will visually guiding ballpark visitors from the parking lots toward the ballpark. The design of the paving system will be based on color, line and viewer perception, allowing the colors to create a sensation of movement as the relative position of the viewer changes. Entitled “Chromatic Induction in a Double Frequency”, the paving designs are described by Cruz-Diez as “chromatic events in continuous transformation, which alter as pedestrians walk by and as the conditions of sunlight or artificial light vary.”Cruz-Diez, an icon in his native Venezuela and famous since the 1960s for his work involving sensory manipulation, will use a paving system based on color, line, and viewer perception to create visual signage to the various ballpark entrances.
At the east entrance, Arsham erected his Orange Bowl tribute. Across this plaza, ten-foot-high reproductions of the letters that spelled out “Miami Orange Bowl” on the old stadium will be scattered — some standing, some leaning, some on their sides. Based on Arsham’s vivid memories of the “Miami Orange Bowl” sign, the Commemorative Marker (A Memorial Bowing) will replicate the orange and white letters on the former football stadium.
Christian Moeller’s art will be visible on the four main entryways of the ballpark’s garages. Moeller’s work will incorporate approximately 8,900 square feet of the garage façade. Moeller’s concept is to involve residents in generating photographic images of children peering through a ballpark fence, which the artist then will “translate” into large-scale “murals” that will cover the sides of the garages facing the stadium. The murals are created as “bit-map” paintings through a technique developed by Moeller that involves affixing a matrix of plastic discs on fencing; the works are produced with digitally programmed machinery owned by the artist.
The Diamond Club will be Miami’s most exclusive premium entertainment experience. Located on the Field Level directly behind home plate, these seats are ideal to entertain clients, friends and family, reward your employees, socialize with other guests, or simply to enjoy the best seats in the house for each Marlins game.
All-inclusive high-end dining, dessert and beverage service, complimentary in-seat service during the game, complimentary beverages post-game, with the first row is located just 47 feet from home plate. Diamond Club seats are oversized and cushioned with high backs and additional legroom. The Diamond Club consists of just 386 seats, with a total of eight rows and five seating sections, the opportunity to purchase your Diamond Club seats to all post-season games, as well as all other events held at the ballpark. The Diamond Club also includes a private entrance located near your parking space, modern, spacious restrooms, easy access to the Diamond Club lounge before, during and after events, full concierge service, one premium on-site parking pass for every two seats purchased, and opportunity to reserve Diamond Club restaurant/lounge for non-event dates.