MIAMI (BaseballStL) – It’s colorful, it’s flashy, and it is everything baseball is not used to. But is it good for baseball?
It is hard to imagine watching Stan Musial, Ted Williams or Babe Ruth play a game at Marlins Park where a massive art structure sits just left of the batter’s eye in centerfield and a fish tank sits behind home plate, but needless to say it would be kind of funny to see.
A retractable roof protects the 37,000-seat facility from the sun and rain as evident in a tweet from the park on Monday which read: “Roof CLOSED tonight for the @Marlins game! #noheatnohumiditynorainnoproblems.”
The stadium offers the traditional hot dog and nachos in addition to every other food under the sun. Here’s just a small sample of what’s on the menu: Miami Shrimp Burger, Cuban Sandwich and Mariquitas, Fish Ceviche and Minuta Fish Sandwich, Cuban Coffee, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, Blackened Mahi Mahi Sandwich, Lime n' Lobster Roll. It is true that an expansive menu is not new to a MLB ballpark, but the Marlins have seemingly taken it to another level.
And that is why Marlins Park might be great for baseball despite the quirks it possesses compared to other stadiums. It has flavor. It has culture. It could be a unique experience for a traditional fan that is used to the ideal ballpark environment. But overall the stadium represents the city of Miami which can't be said for every Major League city-stadium tandem.
Unfortunately, the crowds are small at a Marlins game this year like they have been in recent years. Monday night’s attendance was a far cry from the grand opening against the Cardinals on April 4 where an open seat was nowhere to be found. But then again the team was sitting eight games out of the lead in the NL East before Monday.
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