If there’s one thing keeping the Marlins from being a financial power house it’s the crummy ballpark that is Dolphin Stadium.
And if the Marlins are smart when designing their new park, to be completed by 2012, they’ll eventually transform from a frugal organization into a money-loaded one.
We know from the club’s historically poor attendance record that no one cares to watch baseball played on a football field from terrible site lines and in 90-degree heat, nonetheless.
Yet, building a dynamic stadium located in the downtown Miami Metro area – a top-10 U.S. market mind you – the Fish will thrive financially under the retractable roof of a baseball only facility.
Quite frankly, it’s astonishing the city didn’t approve a new stadium sooner given Miami’s warm climate and its Latin flavor, which simply adores baseball.
But from strictly a baseball perspective, I venture to say that the right stadium puts the soon to be Miami Marlins into the same financial class as its division rivals in New York.
Of course it sounds crazy now, but if you don’t believe it, you soon will.