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Marlins' Ballpark 80% Complete, Expected To Open On Time And On Budget
Published September 8, 2011
THE REVIEWS: In Miami, Israel Gutierrez writes the ballpark “already has the quaintness of a Petco or Minute Maid Park.” Despite not being “in downtown Miami, there’s a connection to the city with the skyline view.” There is “a uniqueness to it, too, and that’s without the fish tanks behind home plate in place yet.” Gutierrez: “It’s hard to understand the appeal of the park until you experience it. It’s such a departure from the place the Marlins have called home since 1993, and it’s exactly what fans from other cities have been spoiled with for years” (MIAMI HERALD, 9/8). In West Palm Beach, Greg Stoda writes the facility “already has a cozy feel to it with a capacity of 37,000 when the standing-room-only count is included.” There are “splashes of color in blue, green, yellow and red quadrants of the stadium.” Still, Stoda writes the “old real estate refrain -- location, location, location -- kept creeping into my head.” The available parking “will accommodate fewer than 6,000 vehicles, and mostly will be reserved for season-ticket holders.” There are “shuttle-bus routes planned from the remote lots, rail stations and downtown Miami, but it's not at all difficult to imagine traffic jams before and after games on residential streets as fans attempt to access or leave the stadium to get on or off the nearby highways.” The Marlins “don't have a Wrigley Field or the surrounding environs of a Wrigleyville,” but they are “about to embark on a new beginning in what appears will be a beautiful stadium” (PALM BEACH POST, 9/8).