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Marlins' New Ballpark 60% Complete; Naming-Rights Deal Expected By April
Published February 16, 2011
FISHING FOR A NAME: Samson yesterday indicated that the team “expects to have the stadium's naming rights sold around Opening Day.” Samson: "We've got the place where the name is going to go. The steel is already up. We're negotiating. I really want that done by the end of this first quarter -- so done by April -- and that's still the goal." The project is “still on time and on budget, and an estimated date of completion has been tentatively set, but that could change if South Florida experiences an active hurricane season.” Samson: "We'd like it done for March 1, because we want soft openings with college baseball games and pro exhibition games leading up to Opening Day" (MLB.com, 2/15). In Miami, Spencer & Navarro wrote it would “only be fitting if the University of Miami played the Marlins in the first official game seeing as its the site where the Orange Bowl once stood” (MIAMIHERALD.com, 2/15).
CONSTRUCTION ZONE: Miami's WFOR-CBS noted the “first of three segments of the Center Retractable roof truss has been de-centered and moved,” and the “second section of the Center truss erection has begun.” Interior walls are “approximately 85% constructed,” with final finishes “continuing throughout the year.” The main scoreboard video panels “have been erected,” and installation of “the Right Field Score Board Panel and fascia ribbon boards began last week” (CBSMIAMI.com, 2/15). Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria said, “The building is gorgeous and will be even more gorgeous as we keep adding the glass and steel and the paint, and eventually the infield and other surprises that will be in here" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 2/16).