LoanDepot Park

Miami, Florida, United States

  • Typologies


  • Building Activities


  • Services

    Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Brand Activation

  • Completion


CHALLENGE. The Miami Marlins used the opportunity of a new ballpark to recreate their brand — and they turned to Populous to design a stadium at the heart of that transformation. Turning to the colorful and vibrant culture of the community, Populous designed a place where beauty and baseball collide.

INNOVATION. The building itself is an abstract interpretation of water merging with land, symbolic of the city’s coastal landscape. It’s a bold vision portrayed through architecture as a modern, kinetic sculpture of faceted metal and glass. The retracting glass outfield wall frames beautiful views of the downtown skyline. The ballpark’s base creates a backdrop for urban life with arcades and colorful mosaics reflecting the diverse culture of Miami.

  • LoanDepot Park is a civic sculpture with a strong connection to one place.

The 37,000-seat facility features a retractable roof to shield spectators from the sun and rain. The flexibility of having a retractable roof — one that takes only 13 minutes to fully open or close — allows 100 percent assurance that an event will take place regardless of weather. When fully open, the roof is parked completely outside the ballpark, creating an expansive plaza area designed for use well beyond game day.

IMPACT. The ballpark’s urban plan has framed a fundamental change in the character of the old Orange Bowl precinct, recreating the neighborhood street network and reconnecting Little Havana to Northwest 7th Street and Northwest 17th Avenue. Within this framework of public streets, the ballpark, future development and parking garages are presented as urban buildings on city blocks, creating an urban center.

All you can say is, 'Wow.'

Bud Selig / Former MLB Commissioner
Facts and Figures
Seating capacity
LEED certification
Square feet
Roof size
5.27 acres
Gold Award; IIDA Mid-America Design Awards (MADA)
Best Projects; Engineering News Record
Best of the Best; Engineering News Record
Best Sport and Entertainment Project in the Southeast; Engineering News Record
Project Team
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Earl Santee

Craig Meyer

Aaron Brown

Aaron Noll

Adam Stover

Brian Smith

Brooke Craig

Clark Mleynek

Geoff Cheong

Jay Graber

Jodee Remy Smith

Sean Mongey

Stacey Fithian