How Will New Marlins Ballpark Play?
MARLINS BALLPARK is less than two miles from downtown Miami on the site of the old Orange Bowl.
The newly named Miami Marlins will begin play in their new ballpark for the 2012 season. Seats will be some of the closest to the field in all of MLB so be alert. It will always be 75 degrees and sunny during every game in the new park thanks to the retractable roof that will keep out the hot Florida sun and stop the terrential rains in the area. The cozy park will seat 37,000 with 21,500 in the lower section and only 4700 in the outfield. The Marlins will occupy the third base dugout.
In left field, the Taste of Miami will feature local cuisine. Guests who aren’t afraid to show a little flesh in front of 37,000 friends will be able to take a dip in The Clevelander’s (formerly known as La Playa) swimming pool just beyond the outfield fence. The Clevelander, a South Beach experience hotel, will feature a bar and private suites.
Those of you already suffering through a northern winter can only dream about owning season tickets to the Miami Marlins. If you are shopping for Marlins season tickets, you can check out the 3-D views of your new tickets on the Marlins web site. The Marlins will open up the stadium with two preseason games against the Yankees on April 1 and 2.
BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE: With only 37,000 seats, all are close to the action in New Marlins Ballpark.
New Marlins Ballpark is built on the site of the Orange Bowl — a WPA Project from 1936. Perhaps, the new ballpark will help the Little Havana section of Miami out of its current economic downturn. The park was built for $515 million plus a parking lot next door for $94 million.
There has been much speculation about what the new look Marlins uniforms will look like during the 2012 season and that mystery will be cleared up this Friday at 11 pm on 11/11/11.
New Marlins Park Favors Pitchers
But, how will the new Marlins ballpark play? Will it be a hitters’ park or will it favor the pitchers?
Sun Life Stadium, really a football field, was 330, 361, 404, 361, 345. The ballpark home run index at Sun Life Stadium was 80, thus making it a pitcher’s park, at least as far as giving up long balls. Dimensions at Marlins Ballpark are 340 in left field, 384 in left center, 420 in center field, 392 in right center, and 335 in right field. Hence, it appears as though the pitchers’ will be happy in their new home.
2012 Fantasy Baseball Projection: Florida Marlins Hitters — Given the dimensions of the new Marlins Ballpark, it will be difficult to project higher home run totals for Miami hitters in 2012…regardless of what color their new uniforms are.