In November of 2011, the Marlins changed their name from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins in hopes of aligning themselves more closely with the Miami community. The 2012 season brought with it not only a new team name but also a new baseball stadium called Marlins Park. The 37,000-seat stadium has air conditioning and a roof that retracts. View the Marlins Park seating chart for the most current information about seating areas available for Marlins games.
The opening of Marlins Park on April 4, 2012, means that fans who attend a Marlins’ game can now sit and watch baseball in comfort. The summer heat and frequent rain storms of south Florida should no longer deter fans from supporting their Miami Marlins.
Marlins Park is on Northwest 16th Avenue in Miami, Florida, less than two miles from downtown. The ballpark has 10 different parking areas in the form of four garages and six surface lots. The Marlins have an interesting way of facilitating parking for fans who drive to the game. They encourage fans to purchase their parking space in a pre-assigned parking lot at the same time that they buy their game ticket.
The Home Run Sculpture in left-center field is a prominent feature of Marlins Park. The multi-colored sculpture is 71 feet tall, and when a Marlins player hits a home run, it comes to life. Lights flash, water splashes around, the sun begins to shine and replicas of marlins jump up from the water. Fans eagerly anticipated the first Marlins home run which came during the fourth home game of the season on April 15, 2012.
Two 450-gallon aquariums filled with saltwater and made of shatterproof glass provide a unique and creative backstop at field level behind home plate in Marlins Park. Each of the two aquariums contains about 50 tropical fish, and there are artificial coral reef formations that mimic the coral found in the Caribbean Sea.
The Clevelander nightclub and poolside bar in left field gives fans over the age of 21 an opportunity to watch the game from tables adjacent to the Marlins’ bullpen while socializing with friends over drinks and fine food. Fans who remembered to bring their bathing suit can also do a little swimming in the pool. The nightclub gets its name from The Clevelander Hotel in Miami’s South Beach, and the Marlins worked with hotel officials during the design of this ballpark attraction.
Concession stands and restaurants throughout Marlins Park serve a varied cuisine that reflects the cuban culture prevalent in the Miami metropolitan area. For example, the Latin American Grill on the Promenade Level features tasty cuban sandwiches and the Rincon Habana behind section 223 on the Legends Level serves rice and beans and an array of other cuban dishes. Fans who may not be partial to cuban food can get burgers, hot dogs, French fries and chicken sandwiches at Burger 305 near sections 13, 19 and 40. There is also pizza at Sir Pizza near sections 10 and 26, and Kids Shack at section 34 which serves child-sized portions of the usual baseball fare.