Marlins Park

Miami, Florida

  • Services

    Architecture, Landscape Design, Urban Design, Brand Activation

  • Typologies

    Ballparks

  • Building Activities

    Baseball

  • Location

    North America

  • Completion

    2012

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.

  • Marlins 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
37,000
LEED certification
Gold
Square feet
928,000
Roof size
5.27 acres
Awards
2013
Gold Award; IIDA Mid-America Design Awards (MADA)
2012
Best Projects; Engineering News Record
2012
Best of the Best; Engineering News Record
2012
Best Sport and Entertainment Project in the Southeast; Engineering News Record
Project Team

Earl Santee

Craig Meyer

Aaron Brown

Aaron Noll

Adam Stover

Brian Smith

Brooke Craig

Clark Mleynek

Geoff Cheong

Versie Stephenson

Jay Graber

Jodee Remy Smith

Sean Mongey

Stacey Fithian