Thursday, December 01, 2005

Compromise Solution to Marlins Stadium Problem.

I apologize in advance to Songuacassal for using this soapbox to talk about issues that have nothing to do with Cuba. But in my defense, a lot of our readers are in South Florida and this affects them.

Anyway now that the Orange Bowl seems to be in danger of succumbing to the wrecking ball, I have an idea that is a compromise. Since it's a compromise it's, by definition, not the best solution for each of the parties involved but it solves everyone's problems. Here's the idea:

The Orange Bowl gets destroyed and a new dual purpose dome is built in its place.

It would be a fixed dome that is designed to be comfortable for both sports. It can be done. The dual use stadiums of the past were ugly and uniform but sightlines were not an issue. One could be designed one that is more aesthetically pleasing than previous ones.

A fixed dome would cost much less than a retractable one. The stadium could be designed with features such as glass walls below the dome, to allow natural light to enter during the daytime and give less of an impression of being enclosed. It would be climate controlled perfect weather for every game.

The turf would have to be artificial, but they have made big advancements in turf and it's a much better than it used to be. Also converting from baseball to football would be much easier and the football team wouldn't have to worry about playing in dirt.

Between the Marlins and the Hurricanes there will be 87 guaranteed dates per year. The MIAMI Marlins get to stay in town and Hurricanes fans and alumni are happy.

Ok let the dissecting and complaints begin...


Robert said...

I'm personally don't like fixed domes, even the more modern ones with natural lighting. Of course, they're cheaper than retractable domes.

A couple of days ago I got an e-mail response from Mayor Alvarez in which he stated his intent to work with the Marlins to build a new stadium in the county.

Let's see what happens. It's pretty much up to the Marlins, the county, and Wayne Huizenga.

Songuacassal said...

I too am not a big fan of fixed domes either, though I have to admit that it would provide protection from the frequent rain fall in Miami.

The idea of a dual purpose stadium is great, it kills two birds with one stone! How do we push this idea?

Conductor, this is as much your website as it is mine! And don't forget it's Cuban AND American!