Marlins Park – Ballpark Review

Check out my other reviews by clicking the links in the list below. List is my personal ranking of favorite to least.

  1. PNC Park – Pittsburgh Pirates
  2. Oriole Park at Camden Yards – Baltimore Orioles
  3. Fenway Park – Boston Red Sox
  4. Wrigley Field – Chicago Cubs
  5. Comerica Park – Detroit Tigers
  6. Yankee Stadium – New York Yankees
  7. Citi Field – New York Mets
  8. Miller Park – Milwaukee Brewers
  9. Nationals Park – Washington Nationals
  10. Progressive Field – Cleveland Indians
  11. Marlins Park – Miami Marlins

All photos were taken by myself or J. Seld.

Marlins ParkMiami, FL

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The 3rd park I got to check out is the unique Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins. Marlins Park is Major League Baseball’s newest ballpark. It opened in 2012 when the Marlins decided it was time to quit sharing a stadium with the Miami Dolphins to go along with a new team name (used to be the Florida Marlins) and new logo. It is one of the game’s smallest ballparks seating just 36,742.

Marlins Park is located in Little Havana, a mile or two west of downtown Miami. It’s not the most attractive neighborhood or somewhere you want to be alone at night, but it’s probably fine unless you are walking from more than a couple blocks away.

There are 4 parking garages surrounding the park for those who decide to drive to the game. Garages range from $15-$20. The garages are extremely accessible and makes it easy coming to the game, but leaving is a different story. Most local houses surrounding the park will sell parking at their house for $10 if you are willing to save a little and walk a few blocks.

Outside the park is cool. The park itself is almost futuristic looking. Some people like to say the exterior looks similar to a space ship.

Inside the park is nice. You can tell it was only a few years old and had lots of space in the concourses. There were lots of different food options complete with menus in both English and Spanish. One night we opted for the “All You Can Eat Seats” which were located in the upper section of right center field that came with all the nachos, popcorn, peanuts and hot dogs you could consume, so I didn’t get to explore too many of the local foods or beers the park offers.

Marlins Park has a massive outfield and plays as a pitchers park. It used to be 422 to center with an above average wall height. This year the walls were moved in and lowered. It still plays to pitchers, unless your name is Giancarlo Stanton.

Tickets were cheap and easy to get. The Marlins aren’t known for packing the house, so tickets aren’t in high demand. Buying tickets through the Marlins or on a secondary market are both good options. The upper deck was closed while we were there.

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One of the nights I bought a ticket outside the stadium 5 minutes before the first pitch for $10 that was located on the third baseline, stopped for an inning, then went and sat somewhere else without any hassle. The bright blue seats were wide and comfortable with lots of leg room.

Started here.

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Wound up here. Not bad for $10.

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The Marlins fans were friendly, there just weren’t very many of them in attendance. The Marlins had the best home record in all of baseball at the time and the support wasn’t there to show it. This for me was definitely the biggest downside of this park and why I rank it at the bottom of my current list. They have a brand new $515 million ballpark and it didn’t bump the attendance or support at all after the 2012 inaugural season.

Watching the game was quiet and there were few moments where the crowd got into the game. The Marlins have a dance team that performs in between innings. I think fans got more excited for the dance team than the actual team on the field.

Aside from that, Marlins Park is a unique place that fits the city of Miami. It sits on the site that once was home to the Orange Bowl Stadium where the Miami Hurricanes played their home football games for many years. There are a couple tributes to the Orange Bowl inside and outside the park which I love. Although it’s a different sport, it’s awesome to see the site honor such a great sporting history.

The park is extremely colorful all around and features a one of a kind massive cartoon thing in left center field that lights up and spins and shoots water in the air when the Marlins hit a home run.

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It has cartoon fish, palm trees, a sun, flamingos and more. I call it a thing because I don’t think anyone really knows what it is. There probably won’t be very many made after this one.

There are two fish tanks with live fish built into the wall behind home plate on the playing field. A cool, interesting feature that fits the parks theme.

The Clevelander is located in left field and the bar/nightclub attracts many each game. Fans can get tickets to watch the game from in the Clevelander, or it is open to the public after the game.

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Complete with a swimming pool that fans are allowed to swim in and exotic dancers, the Clevelander is the place to be if you want nothing to do with baseball while at a baseball game.

My absolute favorite thing about Marlins Park was the Bobblehead Museum. It’s a collection of bobble heads from every Major League team all enclosed in a big glass casing. The best part is the casing is on top of a device that slightly rocks back and forth so the heads are always bobbling.

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Well done with this Miami! Absolutely beautiful. This alone was worth the trip.

Much like the city of Miami, Marlins Park always has lots going on when it comes to promotions. Boy did we luck out on a Saturday afternoon with a free post game concert outside the park.

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Yes, that is Fat Joe. He still performs. I didn’t know that either. Big thanks to the Marlins for reminding me how little I learned in 4 years of high school Spanish classes. He performed ‘Lean Back’ twice. That says enough.

I liked Marlins Park itself. It was new, clean, friendly, accessible, unique and made to fit Miami. The weak fan presence and lack of team support really dragged it down for me and made it a very bad atmosphere to watch a ballgame, which lands this park at #8 of 8 on my current list.

There is just too much going on in Miami for people to worry about the Marlins.

I would have liked to have watched at least one of the games I attended with the roof open. How can I enjoy an outside sport on an 80-degree Miami evening when the roof is shut? Sure they have tons of hot days that call for a climate controlled indoor game, but when the roof opens and the windows in left center retract, a beautiful view of downtown Miami can be found.

Overall, 4/10.

DCIM100GOPRO

 

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