Sunday, July 19, 2009

Marlins break ground

The Marlins had their groundbreaking ceremony, which included some more detailed graphics of the stadium. If you ask me the only thing this stadium has that Tropicana Field doesn't are glass walls beyond the outfield that allow for views to the outside and, a grass playing surface. Not to mention a moat that separates the first several rows of seats around the infield similar to what the new Yankee Stadium has. I wonder if the group that released the study to renovate the Trop, could perform a similar feasibility study to see what the cost of replacing the paneling between the support beams, seen here from the outside during construction and here on the inside, with glass. Inside shots from the modern day here, here, and here.

If the Marlins represent the modern day benchmark for baseball facilities in Florida, it seems much more cost effective to look into a glass wall option than pay for a roof that will be closed 90% of the time. The only other difference is the playing surface, and I think we can all agree that the modern day turf is a huge upgrade from what used to be installed in stadiums. Many NFL teams (Bengals, and Ravens come to mind) even use this despite playing outdoors.

Who thinks this is feasible?

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