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Marlins making progress on new stadium

Dec 26, 2009, 4:07 PM EDT

Joe Frisaro of has teamed up with Marlins president David Samson to provide fans with updates on the progress of the Marlins’ new ballpark.

The latest developments can be found HERE and past updates can be found HERE.

The new park is scheduled to open in 2012.  It is being built on the old Orange Bowl grounds and boasts a retractable roof.  The Marlins are also hoping it will bring a consistently lucrative revenue stream to the organization, which should help the club avoid any future fire sales and perhaps lock up ace Josh Johnson.  Whatever the result, getting away from “Land Shark Stadium” seems like a positive.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Dec 26, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Soooooo glad to see actual construction finally taking place. Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphins/LandShark Stadium is no fun when it comes to baseball.
    Perhaps by 2012, we’ll see if the Marlins are serious about baseball performance or just in it for a profit.

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    Yeah, Macondo Banana Massacre Field is sprouting up like third-year asparagus. I take a lazy drive around it every few weeks just to see what’s going on. Looks like it’s moving very quickly, kinda the way the Feesh front office races to dump players who become arbitration eligible every time a season ends.
    What I also notice is, that in classic Macondo fashion, there’s no work whatsoever going on to widen or improve the entrance and exit ramps from the Dolfeen Expressway that folks coming to the stadium would use. I also don’t notice any long-term works projects for those ramps – or for the roads they feed or drain, or for the roads adjacent to the stadium – on either the Florida DOT or Miami-Dade Expressway Authority project lists.
    It’s hard to tell whether this is just another day-in-the-life example of institutional idiocy here, or whether the infrastructure powers that be have shrugged and figure nobody is going to go to this boondoggle anyway, so why spend the money? And the way the Feesh are handling their roster these days, they’d be right with the latter conclusion: few enough of us cared before, and fewer and fewer of us care with every successive salary dump.

  5. Eat a Peach - Dec 26, 2009 at 11:12 PM

    Maybe the Florida DOT is counting on magical realism to solve the traffic problems. Of course up North, we don’t have as many Spanish speakers, so we just call it fantasy.
    Or could it be that local highway and infrastructure spending are tied to players salaries? I just convinced myself that it’s already so, but just to firm things up you ought to introduce legislation tying local infrastructure improvements that would be of benefit to the new stadium in a ratio to total player salary. Trade Josh Johnson for nickels on the dime to duck arbitration? Maybe existing ramps begin to mysteriously narrow. Buy out a couple of his arbitration years at the market rate? They double. And so on.

  6. Old Gator - Dec 27, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    If “fantasy” were a viable euphemism for “incompetence,” you’d have the ideal multi-teired metaphor for how things…well…work down here, to be euphemistic myself, something that I of course rarely am. More likely, our municipal authorities and the cadres of their relatives, some of whom still live in various rain forests and coastal villages several hundred to several thousand miles south of us, and who ostensibly provide infrastructure service here, may think they’re trading on the Orange Bowl mystique. It was a long-standing tradition here that during UM games, once the few small parking lots around that grand old stadium were filled up, for traffic to start backing up way down the expressway and through the local streets while festive Canes fans looked for freindly neighbors willing to rape them with a smile and let them park on their lawns and driveways for a caudillo‘s Swiss bank account. What these people are not taking into consideration is that unlike Feesh fans, Canes fans love their team, and many of them love their alma mater for accepting them in the first place when no other University would (and this predates the, uh, demographic shifts of the past four decades – you need serious money to get in there now).
    Here’re a few more cosas deliciosas for your delectation: not only are they doing nothing with the local infrastructure, but about ten miles west the major highway intersection of the Dolfeen and Palmetto Expressways is being completely torn down and reconstructed, a four and a half year project. What that means is that for the first two years of its existence, nobody, including yours truly, who lives on the southwest and west sides of town will be able to get to the stadium without getting snarled in the impending nightmare bottleneck. And as we all know, Bernoulli’s Principle does not apply to traffic. Ergo, folks who already go to Feesh games when they can’t think of much else to do – which is most Feesh fans, not that there are a lot of them in the first place – are going to maybe tangle with their friends and neighbors in the C-zone once and snort “coitus interruptus that.” Add to that the legions (relatively speaking) of Feesh fans who live north of Miami-Dade County in the United States who have already sworn that they’d rather have their nose hairs extracted with pliers than drive all the hell the way into downtown Macondo to go to a game anyway, and what you’ve got will be the last place in south Florida you’ll be able to go on a summer Saturday evening for a little privacy.

  7. Eat a Peach - Dec 28, 2009 at 5:33 AM

    Lessee, New Orange Bowl Gardens opens 2012, expressway project scheduled for 4 1/2 years … your jaded old leathery gator heart still has an optimistic extraterrestrial glow … since the math would lead one to believe that you think the expressway project will really be done in 4 1/2 years. Hee hee hee
    You can solve your personal bottleneck problem with a combination of the Bernoulli Principle and Newton’s second and third laws of motion. Definitely travel to Macondo via large RC helicopter or jet-pack, depending on your level of risk aversion. Or maybe 5 wild turkeys with interlocking harnessess. Talk about thrust – I was near one the other day when it took off into the air – what a tumult. Also – what a riot. It’s like watching a defensive tackle trying to run back a fumble recovery, or Mike Jacobs trying to playing defense.

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