MIAMI (AP) — In baseball the goal is to be safe at home, but the Florida Marlins are glad to be out of their ballpark.
Next year they move into a new retractable-roof ballpark built to rejuvenate a franchise long known for modest crowds and humble payrolls. Both will be bigger, the Marlins pledge, once they leave the stadium where they’ve played since their first season in 1993, when they moved in with the Miami Dolphins.
Over the past 19 seasons, the Marlins discovered people dislike sitting in a football stadium to watch baseball games played in sweltering weather and interrupted by frequent showers. And so the final game Wednesday against the Washington Nationals will be cause for celebration and a chance to say good riddance.
Source: Steven Wine, Associated Press