The Marlins unveiled new renderings of their planned $455 million stadium on the old Orange Bowl site yesterday, revealing a glass-encased ovoid with a Minute-Maid-esque sliding roof. To me it looks like it should be the latest scanner design from HP, but opinions vary; another friend suggested “bagel slicer.”
As for what it’d be like to watch baseball in, it’s tough to tell much from the renderings, other than that it’s a typical HOK design: big field level, and a set-back upper deck with a layer of club seats/luxury suites tucked underneath it. A commenter at Field of Schemes notes that in the sketch provided, a bunch of the right-field bleacher seats are stuck behind the giant pillars holding up the retractable roof; in the computer rendering further down the page, though, those sections are empty of seats, so either somebody belatedly noticed the problem, or the sketch illustrator just opened up an extra-large can of artistic license.
The timing of the new drawings coincided with the announcement that the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County have rescheduled their final votes on approving the stadium project for February 13. Dade County Manager George Burgess announced a bunch of concessions the Marlins agreed to yesterday (highlight, if you can call it that: indexing the team’s rent to inflation), but they’re unlikely to change the three-quarters public, one-quarter private cost split agreed to back in 2007. Of prime concern to Florida taxpayers, with the team attempting to build a retractable-roofed stadium for $60 million less than the Seattle Mariners spent on theirs ten years ago, should be that while the Marlins pay overruns for the stadium, the county is apparently on the hook for all overruns for “infrastructure.” They’d better make sure there’s a mechanism to ensure the Fish don’t start pushing items from the “stadium” column into the “infrastructure” column — because as we also saw this week, those things can add up.