The Marlins have been sharing a stadium with the Miami Dolphins, under unfavorable revenue terms. Owner Jeffrey Loria receives little to no profit from concessions, parking, or suite sales. This, my friends, is the reason why our payroll is the lowest payroll in the league year in, year out.
Some good has come from the fire sales. Without them, we would have never attained players like Josh Beckett, Miguel Cabrerra, Dontrelle Willis, Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, and most recently Cameron Maybin.
On Opening Day 2012, the Marlins will have a new stadium and a new name – the Miami Marlins. This was just one of the terms included in the new stadium contract.
The new stadium will include 37,000 seats under a retractable roof, two parking garages and about 60 luxury suites. This guarantees that South Florida will have a Major League Baseball team, indefinitely. Now, we can look forward to the Marlins attracting big name free agents in the upcoming years.
South Florida is already a hot ticket when it comes to football. We are hosting the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl in 2010. Maybe this stadium will bring the MLB All-star game to town at some point down the road.
I would like to thank Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami commissioners that voted for the stadium and solidified professional baseball in South Florida for future generations to benefit from.