Right now the Marlins are in Seattle and I can’t help but think about how much they are watching the stands as they are watching the action on the field. The front office staff, that is.
The Marlins have begun their plans to build a new ballpark on the site of the old Orange Bowl – in fact all that stands now is the scoreboard. In designing their new park, they have taken feedback from fans to gauge where they are with their ideas. On June 24th, representatives from Miami and Dade County will get together with the Marlins and hammer out what will be the final design – which will be released to the public.
Safeco Field, launched in 1999, has a retractable roof and a more modern design – it does use elements that harken back to the old days of baseball in its architectural homage. With the Marlins touring the Mets new stadium construction as well as Houston’s Minute Maid park and other ballparks as they go on the road, you can bet that Safeco is being toured as well.
What are some of the key elements the Marlins are looking to incorporate? For starters, the stadium will serve as a destination for gatherings year round, not just during baseball season. And the Marlins would like to redevelop the area around Little Havana in order to make the baseball games more like events that are not just three hour baseball games. This would also help regulate traffic flow and also allow for the Marlins to draw fans to the games from areas that are further away.
According to the Mariners web site, Safeco Field has several of these elements in place. The Marlins could do well to take notice.