Marlins Park: The Roof Is Leaking and the Grass Is Dying

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The past few days of rainy weather have been a real test for the new Marlins Park, and the $515 million stadium has not passed with flying colors. The team's management is now scrambling to fix leaks in the 8,000-ton retractable roof and, because that roof has been closed longer than expected, to resurrect the quickly dying grass.

The Miami Marlins will spend their next nine games on the road, which should give the management time to fix the flaws.

"Other retractable-roof ballparks had to make adjustments for at least one or two years to get their field right," team president David Samson told the Associated Press. "We had hoped to get it right the first time. So far it's not right. We're going to keep working and experimenting and finding a way to make it better."

Because the roof was closed more often than expected in April, the grass has begun to turn a shade of brown, and we all know Jeffrey Loria's favorite color is "Miró's green." So, sun lamps, like those used at nurseries, will be brought in.

Heavy rains during the Arizona Diamondbacks series also revealed several leaks in the roof.

"[Sunday] there were four of five spots where we had some drips coming down. The roof people were looking at those joints," Samson said, according to the Miami Herald. "Again, it's very normal [to have leaks].

Maintenance crews have been working to plug the leaks.

"I guess they put gum on it," Samson said. "Or something to seal it up."

Samson repeatedly stressed it was normal for a new ballpark to have some kinks that needed to be worked out in its first season.

Of course, the Marlins' biggest flaws right now have nothing to do with the venue. The team is 9-14 and sits in last place in the division. While attendance is up compared to last year, the team's record is not. The 2011 Florida Marlins had a 16-9 record last April.

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droitwich builders
droitwich builders

Brown roofs complement houses painted in tan, yellow, cream, off-white or a different shade of brown. 

Alison Mckenzie
Alison Mckenzie

It is already a serious business maintaining a residential roof’s sound condition. Imagine how it is even more of a big deal for commercial roofs. People will, inevitably, raise the set standards for building code and public safety. It is a good thing for the Marlins that people are working to replace their stadium’s roof. After all, this stadium brings in a lot of revenue for the community. If they can’t have games here, ticket sales will be going someplace else.

Bad karma
Bad karma

The Marlins have by far the worst attendance in professional baseball. There are AAA teams that sell more tickets. Bad karma. Immoral owner. Fools for elected officials.

Great thieves
Great thieves

The Marlins are smart the idiots are the fans that go to see this shit team. I hope they go bankrupt.

rockofloveusa1
rockofloveusa1

@Great thieves

this team is making money this year.

off of tv deals.

even if they did go bankrupt ,they still be their four 20 year.

cause of the stadium deal.

if you wish that you not a true baseball fan.

and you must be a new york fan.

one of your teams need to be gone first.

 come on  you can't have two new york  teams an wish bad on every one you don't like.

i say stop being confuss an go four on mlb team new york...

at lest cubs, white sox  are smarter.

Liars
Liars

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and his midget sidekick lied to Miami-Dade politicians. Now Marlins tickets are selling online for $2. The Marlins are putting disgusting billboards all over the Stadium and Garage. Boycott the liars.

$3 BILLION COST
$3 BILLION COST

$3 BILLION minimum. The taxpayers are obligated to pay a minimum of $3 BILLION to pay for the construction of the Marlins Stadium and Garages. The Marlins are paying less than 1/10th of 1% towards this $3 BILLION.When the Marlins asked the taxpayers to pay for land to locate a stadium and for the money to build a stadium the Marlins were asked to share their financials. The Marlins refused, claiming they were broke. They lied.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 Tax payer  Park’s roof=money pit

Every year, millions of taxpayer dollars are poured into stadiums, 
hockey rinks, baseball parks, and other arenas in order to attract and retain 
professional sports teams in big cities.  Often the money is spent by 
the cities after a team "threatens" to leave the city.When that happens, of course, the local news media act as the willing
accomplices of the billionaires who own the teams.When city and state governments build facilities for sports organizations which are owned by billionaires, and raise taxes as a result, it is clearly an abuse of power.


it time for more recalls /jail time

F_caballe
F_caballe

Miami New Times never writes anything positive around the Marlins. They jump at the first opportunity to criticize.

Bebep
Bebep

You should send them a tip when something positive happens. Good luck with that.

Eric Capdevilla
Eric Capdevilla

I went to the Marlins game on April 28 and I did not see any brown grass... the stadium is beautiful and the fireworks at the end of the game was AWESOME!

LL
LL

it's the curse of the Orange Bowl. The marlins will never win there because the OB should have stayed.

Geo
Geo

Excellent idea. That place should be cursed. Like the Ruth curse of old for Red Sox fans.

Vanessa
Vanessa

One solution for the dying grass is installing artificial grass. Here's one recommendation, Easygrass.net. They are located in miami, contact Bert Albalat 954.805.6584

Mahleens blow
Mahleens blow

and the over-hyped Mahleens are in last place and still suck.

Ken Wilkey
Ken Wilkey

Very negative article about a beautiful ballpark.  Give them time to resolve the issues, it is a very complex building and no doubt there will be some issues.  These problems are not out of the ordinary and were expected.  

nevernot
nevernot

You must not live near it. It is an eyesore in every regard, now slowly being coated with a thick veneer of advertising to enrich the Marlins already swollen coffers at the tax payers expense. Try parking at your own home or going to the store when a game is on if you live near that boondoggle.

JJ
JJ

Kyle, youre such a little bitch.  I dare you, just once, to write something positive about the Marlins.  Its common freaking sense that there would be a few problems popping up in the first month of a new business.  You went to college for this?  Moron.

nevernot
nevernot

Why? They defrauded our city out of hundreds of millions of dollars, called the residents of Miami idiots and get off paying little to no taxes or rent. And still can't manage to scrape themselves off the bottom of the division.

ivxx
ivxx

Why write something positive about an organization who defrauded the very city they're supposed to represent...

F_caballe
F_caballe

Marlins haven't done anything different other organizations have done with the local goverments.

Geo
Geo

So I guess that makes it ok.

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