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Marlins Using At Least Seven Fan Suggestions In Designing New Ballpark

Fan idea led to Jumbotron outside the venue which will air live Marlins games
The Marlins have decided to use at least "seven fan suggestions” in building their new ballpark, according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. The “most significant” suggestion the Marlins will implement was to “have a clear view of the city beyond the outfield seats, in left and left center.” That will be “one of the stadium’s most appealing features.” Marlins President David Samson said, “In most ballparks, there are bleachers there." Samson noted fans "will be able to stare out and look at the skyline” through six transparent glass panels that can be opened. Another successful fan idea was “installing a 39-by-21 Jumbotron in the west plaza outside the stadium, where fans can mingle.” The Jumbotron will air Marlins games live. The Marlins also accepted ideas to maintain a "little-league baseball field in the parking lot near the west plaza,” and to bury a “time capsule.” Samson: “We thought, wouldn’t it be interesting if 50 years from now, when the building was taken down, people discovered some of the artifacts.” Jackson notes the Marlins “will keep the dome closed for about 70 games next year.” It will “stay open on nights (likely in April) before it gets too hot.” The new ballpark also is expected “to host a three-game series against the Red Sox next June and likely, a March exhibition against the Yankees” (MIAMI HERALD, 7/22).
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