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SBD/March 7, 2012/Facilities
Marlins Roof Closing Goes Off Without A Hitch During Soft Opening At New Ballpark
Published March 7, 2012
BEST LAID PLANS: In Ft. Lauderdale, Juan Rodriguez notes the original plan for yesterday's game "was to leave the roof open and close the window panels beyond the left- and center-field walls." For tonight's game, the Marlins will "test the playing conditions with the roof closed and panels open." When the Marlins host the Yankees on April 1 "in the second-to-last soft opening, they'll close everything." The following night "they'll open it all." More areas of the ballpark opened to patrons yesterday, and services will be extended for tonight's game "with a crowd of 15,000 (5,000 more than Tuesday) expected" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 3/7). In Miami, Linda Robertson notes yesterday "was a good inaugural test run of the weather-proof ballpark." The air conditioning "kept fans comfortable and a stadium employee made sure by checking the temperature in different locations with a turkey thermometer." This is what taxpayers and team Owner Jeffrey Loria "shelled out $634 million to build and it worked without a hitch" (MIAMI HERALD, 3/7). In Ft. Lauderdale, Craig Davis wrote under the header, "It Will Take Time To Tell How Marlins Park Plays." Davis noted yesterday's game "didn't shed much light on the issue." The "ultimate answer may be that it depends." Marlins 3B Hanley Ramirez said, "After they closed the roof it was totally different. There’s no wind (with it closed), but if you hit it good it’s still going to go out” (SUNSENTINEL.com, 3/6).
GETTING TANKED: ESPN’s Colin Cowherd said of Marlins Park having fish tanks in the outfield, “A lot of people are ripping this, but this is Miami. It’s not Fenway Park. ... I totally get it. They’ve tried to create something new. Miami’s different, it's not a diehard baseball city. They’re trying to make it a unique park” (“SportsNation,” ESPN2, 3/6).