Marlins Caravan for the Troops 2011
Every year the Florida Marlins organization engages in Caravan. The purpose of the Caravan is to not only promote the upcoming season, but also to get the community involved in a good cause. Last year’s Caravan for Earth, centered itself around promoting the “Go Green” movement. This year’s Marlins Caravan for the Troops 2011, was dedicated to both the New Marlins Ballpark and those serving in our armed forces.
The week-long celebration began Monday, February 14, with a visit to the Miami Beach U.S. Coast Guard Station. Marlins players, coaches, executives, Mermaids, Manatees and Billy the Marlin, participated in the day’s festivities. The group, led by Team President David Samson, arrived by boat, took a tour of the base and signed autographs for the troops.
Next on their list was a visit to the New Marlins Ballpark. On Tuesday, media was invited to witness the first seat installed in the ballpark, as well as the first batting practice. After batting practice, the players, led by All-Star Hanley Ramirez, served lunch to construction workers of the new ballpark. The day concluded with interviews from Marlins Executives Jeffrey Loria, David Samson and Larry Beinfest, as well as an update of the construction from Hunt/Moss engineers.
The group resumed the caravan on Thursday with a trip to the Homestead Air Reserve base. Once again Marlins players, coaches, executives, Mermaids, Manatees and Billy the Marlin participated in an autograph session with Airmen, a tour of the base and a 3-inning game of softball against the troops.
Friday was Soldiers Appreciation Day. The Marlins group honored the military personnel at the United States Southern Command in Doral. The day began with an official pregame ceremony followed by lunch, an autograph session and a game of wiffle ball.
The Caravan concluded on Saturday at the 16th Annual Jiffy Lube FanFest hosted by InterContinental Hotel Miami. The Marlins invited all their fans to Sun Life Stadium for a day of family-friendly activities and games. The event was free to the public and included activities such as autograph sessions with players and coaches, live performances from the Mermaids and Manatees and the opportunity to discuss the new ballpark with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. Fans were also able to purchase single game tickets for the upcoming season, including Opening Night, Super Saturdays, Closing Day, and key series against the Phillies, Mets, Dodgers, Braves, Giants, Angels, and more.
*Tickets can still be purchased at www.marlins.com and the stadium box office.
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.
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
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
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)
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.