Well, as we have been following this story for the better part of 7 years now, this could be the best news yet. In fact, it could be the most pivotal moment.
Bud Selig has come to town to meet with officials about the possibilities of a new stadium for the Marlins. With UM bolting the Orange Bowl after this season for the updated Dolphin Stadium, the door has swung wide open for the Marlins to fall upon the OB and develop a project for a home.
Ultimately, this deal should get done. The Miami-Dade metropolitan area has one of the largest TV markets in the country – more so than any other alternative site being used as a “threat” to move the Marlins to. Selig knows this, and also is relying a bit on Jeffrey Loria to get a stadium because MLB put up a loan that made Loria ultimately the Marlins owner.
“I believe in this market,” Selig told the press today. But he also stated that this market needs a roof on its stadium, indicating that he is in line with the thinking around the Marlins front office and even Bob DuPuy about what approach the Marlins should take to their design.
With the demographics of South Florida, Selig agrees that the South Florida market would be competitive with the rest of MLB – provided they get the right stadium facilities in place.
Selig also was reluctant to stamp a deadline on the project, but recognizes there is a practical concern over getting it done within a certain time period.