Today is March 23rd and MLB Opening Day is April 4th. Are we the only ones ridiculously excited about this? We sure hope not. To kick off the 2012 Season, the defending World Series Champions will visit the Miami Marlins in their brand-spanking new and highly anticipated stadium, Marlins Park. The Marlins new home has been recently referred to as the “jewel of Miami”, claiming to completely change the baseball experience and entertainment as a whole.
Most new stadiums are cool during the inaugural season…all vibrant and shiny with that new-park smell. Most of the allure can tend to fade, though, when the “once you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it” attitude sets in. After doing a little research, we think Marlins Park might just in fact be different. Here are some quick facts abou the new park:
*37,000 seat-capacity. This is down from over 68,000 in the shared, multi-sport Sun Life Stadium. This will definitely create a more intimate and exciting experience.
*Retractable roof. The 8,000 ton metal roof panels can be moved together or individually to allow for partial opening/shading of the field. *Aquarium Backstop. Yes, there will be aquariums behind home plate. Maybe a little tacky, but awesome and we like it.
*Its green. 98% of all construction material is being recycled and the stadium will save approximately 6 million gallons of water per year will be saved by the use of waterless urinals.
After reading through some of these details, I am sold on the idea of hopping a flight to Miami for a game (or two). What do you think?