Sun Life Stadium, Home of the Florida Marlins
One of the premiere multi-purpose stadiums around the country, Sun Life Stadium is home to the Florida Marlins during the Major League Baseball season. It is the only stadium today that caters to the NFL, NCAA Division I football, and the MLB.
There have been several renovations to Sun Life Stadium over the years. Today it has two of the world's largest video boards. It is by far the best entertainment package integrated with a stadium experience.
You will also find plenty of pre-event entertainment. Whether it's the AT&T Grand Plaza or The Courtyard, both are perfect ways to gear up for a Florida Marlins baseball game.
If you're a club member then you get additional benefits over and above the baseball standard. There are VIP areas that are air-conditioned, restaurants, meeting rooms, and even private escalators to benefit each patron.
When you walk around the stadium it feels like there is a flat screen television everywhere. In fact, there are over 2,000 televisions situated throughout the confines.
Since the stadium is primarily a football stadium converted to a baseball stadium, the sight lines are not as good for baseball. When you look around you will notice that the empty seats always seem to outnumber the fans in attendance. However, this is just due to the overall size.
Ballpark Quick Facts
- Location: 2269 Northwest 199th Street Miami Gardens, FL 33056-2600
- Owner: Stephen M. Ross and H. Wayne Huizenga
- Years: 1987-Present
- Seating Capacity: 36,331
- Surface: Prescription Athletic Turf (Natural Grass)
- Architect: Populous
- Project Cost: $115 million
- LF foul line: 330 feet
- Power alleys: 361 feet
- Center field: 404 feet
- RF foul line: 345 feet
The Florida Marlins first got their start back in 1993. Four years later they won their first World Series Championship. Then the Marlins won again in 2003. It's the only two times the Marlins have ever been to the playoffs.
Sun Life owns the naming rights to Sun Life Stadium through 2015. They purchased a 5-year deal for $37.5 million on January 18, 2010. Who can blame them considering the stadium has hosted 5 Super Bowls, 2 World Series, and 3 BCS National Championship games.
Team owners and fans of the Florida Marlins were hoping for a new baseball stadium after their second Championship, but team owners could not reach a funding agreement. This created a problem, which led to the team trading the team's "star" players and their hefty payrolls over the next few years. They haven’t been contenders ever since.
To change all of this, Miami City and County Commissioners voted on February 21, 2008 to approve funding for a new ballpark for the Marlins. The projected cost for the new baseball stadium is $515 million. Sharing in the financing of the stadium are the Marlins ($155 million), Miami-Dade County ($347 million), and the City of Miami ($13 million). The name of the Marlins’ new home is Miami Ballpark.
The Marlins began construction of Miami Ballpark on July 1, 2009 and expect to complete it by April 2012. Miami Ballpark is located less than 2 miles west of Downtown Miami in the Little Havana neighborhood, on the site of the former Miami Orange Bowl.
The stadium will become the sixth Major League Baseball stadium to have a retractable roof. With a planned seating capacity of 37,000, it will be the third-smallest stadium in Major League Baseball.
The Marlins are ready to move out of
Sun Life Stadium
into Marlin Park in 2012. Hopefully the new ballpark will bring the Marlins back to the playoffs once again.
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