Marlins Park (Miami Marlins)

Miami 027It’s far from certain that Marlins Park will be a success – see the tiny crowd in attendance on the beautiful evening I was there in mid-May 2013. There may not be large crowds or economic development spurred, but in terms of the ballpark’s structure and aesthetics I have to give it rather high marks.

Marlins Park stands out from most of the ballparks in MLB based on its white exterior and the extremely bright (garish?) colors used inside. What’s cool is that these elements work so well because they are such a good fit with the city of Miami – if Marlins Park was anywhere else it simply wouldn’t work.

The Miami feel goes beyond the white concrete, blue seats, and lime green walls to include the home run feature that features multiple dolphins and the fish tanks behind home plate. One of the park’s best highlights is the view of the city behind the left field seating. While the location isn’t right downtown the skyline at least provides a good backdrop for the game.

Miami 180One more notable highlight is the width of the concourse wrapping around the first level. Tons of room to move around and first-come, first-serve places to stand with tables for food and drink. The concourse is especially nice in left field where you can find a spot to watch the game or turn around and admire the city lights if the Marlins aren’t keeping your attention.

A Tip of the Cap

  • Numerous elements (e.g., lime green walls) that say “Miami” and would only work in Miami
  • Wide concourses and plenty of room to stand throughout the first level
  • Architecture that preserves the city view even with a retractable roof

Swing and a Miss

The fish tanks behind home plate don’t do much for me. Feels like they would have to be a lot bigger to make a true visual impact, and that’s not very practical.

Trip to the Mound

Miami 091Try to go when the roof is open. Seats on the first base side or behind home offer some of the best views of the entire park and the city beyond. Stroll around the outfield concourse to take in additional views for an inning or two.

Overall Rating: B+

  • Setting (B-): It does have the view of downtown going for it, but the location itself isn’t a very exciting area (economic development hasn’t happened around the ballpark yet) and it isn’t convenient to get to from popular hotel areas such as South Beach – I took a taxi to and from.
  • External Appearance (A): The white exterior fits in well with Miami and the unique support system for the retractable roof provides some interesting architectural angles/designs for photographs, especially when the roof is open.
  • Internal Appearance (A): This wouldn’t get an A if it were anywhere else, but the park’s design simply works for Miami.Bright blue seats, lime green walls, and the use of multiple colors of tiles combine to make for a cheery place.
  • Atmosphere (C): A ballpark in its second year and there is virtually nobody there on a beautiful evening. Hard to even grade atmosphere until the Marlins organization puts a competitive product on the field and hopefully draws solid crowds. Though that may not even matter based on the history of the franchise.

Additional Photos

Exterior - Outfield

Exterior – Outfield

Exterior Name Plate

Exterior Name Plate

From Lower Concourse

From Lower Concourse

City View

City View

Bobblehead Museum

Bobblehead Museum

View of Outfield

View of Outfield

From LF Corner

From LF Corner

Down 1B Line

Down 1B Line

First Row, 2nd Level

First Row, 2nd Level

Home Plate

Home Plate

Evening View

Evening View

Night View

Night View

Block M

Block M

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Open Roof

Open Roof

Open Roof and Supports

Roof Supports

Reflective Glass

Reflective Glass

Walkways

Walkways

Team Logo

Team Logo

Concourse Architecture

Concourse Design

Bobbleheads

Bobbleheads

Left Field Corner

Left Field Corner

3B Line Seating

3B Line Seating

Colorful Tile

Colorful Tile

From RF Corner

From RF Corner

View Across

View Across

Home Run Feature

Home Run Feature

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