Miami Stadium

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Coordinates: 25°47′57″N 80°12′40″W / 25.79907°N 80.210978°W / 25.79907; -80.210978

Miami Stadium
Miami-stadium.jpg
Full nameBobby Maduro Miami Stadium (1987–2001)
Location2301 Northwest 10th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33127
OwnerJosé Manuel Alemán (1949–50)
José Braulio Alemán (1950–58)
City of Miami (1958–99)
St. Martin Affordable Housing Inc. (1999–2001)
Capacity13,000
Field sizeLeft – 330 ft.

Center – 400 ft.

Right – 330 ft.
SurfaceGrass
Construction
OpenedAugust 31, 1949
Demolished2001
Construction costUS$2.2 million
Tenants
Miami Sun Sox (FIL) (1949–54)
Brooklyn Dodgers (NL) (spring training) (1950–57)
Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) (spring training) (1958)
Miami Marlins (IL) (1956–60)
Baltimore Orioles (AL) (spring training) (19591990)
Miami Marlins/Orioles (FSL) (1962–88)
Miami Amigos (IAL) (1979)
Gold Coast Suns (SPBA) (1989/1990) Miami Dade Community College Wolfson Campus (1970-1996)
Inside view of the stadium

Miami Stadium (later officially known as Bobby Maduro Miami Stadium) was a baseball stadium in Miami, Florida. It was primarily used for baseball, and was the home field of the Miami Marlins minor league baseball team, as well as other minor league teams. It opened in 1949 and held 13,500 people. It was also used as the Spring training home of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1950–1958 (for most of their "A" games). The Dodgers played their first game as the Los Angeles Dodgers at the ballpark when they opened their 1958 spring training schedule against the Phillies on March 8, 1958 in front of 5,966 fans.[1] It was used during the spring by the Baltimore Orioles from 1959–1990. At the time of its construction, Miami Stadium was remarkably modern and well-appointed, although in time it would be surpassed by later designs.

On June 6, 1958, Orioles president James Keelty Jr. reached agreement with Miami Marlins president George B. Storer to move the Orioles spring training home from Scottsdale, Arizona to Miami Stadium for the 1959 spring training season.[2] On May 25, 1990, the Orioles announced that the team would move their spring training home games from Miami Stadium to Bradenton and Sarasota in 1991. The Orioles had trained at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota prior to spring games in 1989 and 1990.[3]

Other view of the stadium

The stadium was located on the block bounded by Northwest 23rd Street (south – first base), Northwest 10th Avenue (west – third base), and Northwest 8th Avenue (east – right field), with an open area behind left field extending about a block north.

A distinguishing feature of the ballpark was a high arched cantilever-type roof over the grandstand, in contrast to the typical styles of either flat and slightly sloping, or peaked like a house. This design enabled the ballpark to have a roof that covered most of the spectator area without any posts blocking the spectators' view. Al López Field in Tampa employed a somewhat similar design with a less dramatic curve and less coverage.

The Miami City Commission voted unanimously in favor of the renaming in February 1987, and the ceremony took place the following month. The ballpark became known officially as Bobby Maduro Miami Stadium in honor to the famous Cuban baseball entrepreneur Bobby Maduro. Said Maduro's widow Marta to herself, "Gordo (fat one), they finally know who you are."[citation needed]

When the Florida Marlins were established in 1993, the new club opted for Joe Robbie Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins football team, a much larger facility than Miami Stadium.

The City of Miami had proposed razing the stadium and selling the property for warehouses. But a sale price of $1.6 million plus demolition cost of $725,000, scared away would-be developers. The City rezoned the property in 1998 for housing. St. Martin Affordable Housing Inc. purchased the 12.6-acre (51,000 m2) property from the City of Miami for $2.1 million in 1999 to raze the stadium and build a rental housing project.[4] A large apartment complex (called The Miami Stadium Apartments) now stands where the stadium was.

Estadio Quisqueya, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (inaugurated in 1955) is an almost exact replica of the stadium.[citation needed]

A PBS documentary, White Elephant: What Is There To Save?, was produced in 2007 about the stadium's history.[5]

In 2017, Abel Sanchez, a Miami native, created a GoFundMe page which raised $2,500 to get a historical marker for the site. The Florida Department of State's State Historical Marker Council reviewed and ultimately approved the application, forever cementing the stadium's place in Miami history. [6]

This historic marker was placed at the site of the former Miami Stadium on December 16, 2017 to commemorate the historic ballpark. The sign is located at the current Miami Stadium Apartments in the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gordon S. White Jr. (1958-03-09). "Phillies Triumph Over Dodgers, 7-4". New York Times. p. S1.
  2. ^ "Orioles Select Miami in Spring". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. 1957-06-07. Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
  3. ^ "BASEBALL; Orioles to Switch Spring training Sites". New York Times. Associated Press. 1990-05-27. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
  4. ^ Paola, Isupa (2001-04-19). "Maduro Stadium nearer demolition for apartment complex". Miami Today. Retrieved 2009-06-22.
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