If They Build It, Will They Come?

I think we can all agree that Dolphin Stadium is a giant piece of crap that has passed for a ballpark for 19 years now pretty out-dated.

The Florida Marlins won't have to deal with it for much longer, though. The team jumped through the final hoop Monday, after 10 years of trying to get their own ballpark in Miami. The 13 people on the Miami-Dade County commission voted 9-4 to approve the multi-million dollar deal.

They'll even get a retractable-roof included in the estimated $515 million stadium.

Previously known as Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, and Pro Player Stadium, the facility hosts college and professional football, baseball, lacrosse and soccer. They've seen four Super Bowls, two World Series, three BCS National Championship Games and, most recently, the second round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic... which apparently no one got the memo on. Super Bowl XLIV and the 2010 Pro Bowl will also be celebrated at the dump in the near future.

From the stadium's website:
"Dolphin Stadium recently received extensive renovations and improvements, making the venue the premier Stadium of the Americas."

The team will also change their name to the Miami Marlins once the park opens in 2012. That trick seemed to have worked for the once Tampa Bay Devil Rays, whose attendance jumped nearly 500,000 after dropping the Devil, not to mention going from worst to first in the NL East in just one season with a trip to the World Series.

The Fish have held the lowest attendance record in the big leagues since 2006, and have bounced between 13th and 16th [in attendance] since 1998. They're also dead last in payroll at $27 million in 2008, with the average being roughly $96 million. So if they build it, will they come?

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Anonymous said...

"If they build it, will they come?"

Probably not. Maybe for the first season or two, but the Marlins are still the Marlins, no matter what city's name you stick in front of them.