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Marlins’ new stadium will be called “Marlins Park” … for now

Jan 25, 2012, 7:37 PM EST

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Marlins president David Samson told Miami’s 790 The Ticket on Wednesday that the organization is in talks with multiple companies interested in buying naming rights to the nearly-completed stadium.

But no agreement has been struck yet, and that might not change before the facility opens its doors April 1 for an exhibition game against the Yankees.

Here’s the Samson quote, via beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

“We were down the road [in negotiations], then all of a sudden we signed some players and some more companies got interested and then the price started changing,” said the Marlins president during his weekly live segment. “When you get into bigger numbers, it takes a lot longer to finish a long-term deal like that and I didn’t want to pressure anyone or myself. We’re happy to start with Marlins Park and see what happens.”

Marlins Park will host its first official big league game on April 4, when the Cardinals visit on Opening Night.

  1. phillyphever - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Should be named IRS Park. Either that or Taxpayer’s Field.

    • 18thstreet - Jan 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      The IRS is a federal agency. This stupid stadium was financed by the non-voters of Miami-Dade county.

  2. bjg5091 - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Creative.

    • phuckphilly99 - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      actually, there was zero creativity in that statement.

      http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3726892

  3. b7p19 - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    The Shelter?

    • jimbo1949 - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      Thread weaver!

  4. simon94022 - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    This is what the Nationals said in 2008. Four years later they’re still using the “temporary” name of Nationals Park.

    • jwbiii - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:03 AM

      The problem with the Nationals is that the primary businesses in Washington are the government and the military. Neither of these are going to be paying millions of dollars per year to hang their sign on a stadium. The next tier of businesses are defense contractors, law offices, and lobbyists. To pick a few, General Dynamics, Kirkland & Ellis, and AIPAC are also unlikely to pay to hang their names on a stadium.

    • 18thstreet - Jan 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      There’s a lot of college here, too. But I agree with the thrust of the statement.

  5. lyon810 - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Labatt Park

  6. mojosmagic - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    If the homeless get in “Needle Park”.

    • paperlions - Jan 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      Yeah, that’s the only reason people are homeless….no one is homeless because of corporate greed that resulted in the cutting of millions of jobs in the US and the building of hundreds of factors by “American” companies over seas or in Latin America. Nope, no one is homeless because there are more people that jobs that allow you to pay rent. None. It’s just drug addicts.

      • Old Gator - Jan 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        Thanks PL. You listen to these right-wing shut-ins moralizing about “drug addicts” when their idiot champion of champions Shrub watched six million jobs disappear on his watch, and his hapless successor watched another couple of million evaporate, and you just have to shake your head at the appalling ignorance and stupidity of these people.

      • 18thstreet - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        Watched? He passed a huge, unpopular bill that saved millions of jobs.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/business/economy/17leonhardt.html

  7. whatthehellisansky - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    “The Barrio”

  8. proudlycanadian - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Old Gatorade Park

    • Old Gator - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      Like you think I would spend that kind of money to name a giant Osterizer after myself?

  9. donttazemebro - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    the Ballpark where fans will come just to see the fish and then abandon in 2 years when the Marlins continue to suck Field?

  10. Old Gator - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Macondo Banana Massacre Field always sounded right to me.

    • pauleee - Jan 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      Came here for that, leaving satisfied.

  11. dondada10 - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    When does the bronze Jeff Conine statue go up?

  12. westwarrior2014 - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    They should name it Blowfish Field because those

  13. westwarrior2014 - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    dumbasses think that the marlins will be good.

  14. scoregasmic - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    NARNIA!!!!

  15. jimbroney - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Rocky biddle polo grounds.

  16. detroitcityryda - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    We Orange juice park

    • Old Gator - Jan 26, 2012 at 7:57 AM

      Lo siento, no hablamos ebonicas aqui.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        Si Senor!

  17. cur68 - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    The Loria Emporia

  18. Bryz - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    If they’re going to stick with that gaudy home run display in center field, it’s gotta be Jazz Hands Field, right?

  19. thegonz13 - Jan 26, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    How about SEC Stadium? Carpetbagger Park? Bribe Park?

  20. thegonz13 - Jan 26, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Scumbag Stadium? Swindlers Park? El Estadio de los Hijos de Puta?

    • Old Gator - Jan 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Assuming by “puta” you mean the county and city commissioners of Macondo, right?

  21. thegonz13 - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    OldGator… No Senor! By “Hijos de Puta”, I meant Loria, his pet chihuahua David Samson and all the local politicos they bribed so the city could fund the stadium while Loria pockets the profits

  22. notover91 - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    M&M Park. “See the MM’s at M&M’s” They could have four big M&Ms that light up: a green one when a marlin hits a home run, an orange one for a triple, a yellow for a double and a brown for a single; just like in that old commercial. They could try to become synonomous with basball like peanuts and Cracker Jack. The on the field races could be with M&M’s costumed characters like the sausages and the presidents.

  23. notover91 - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Maybe Eminem could sing the national anthem on opening day!

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