Joe Robbie Stadium (as the home of the Florida Marlins was originally called) was never intended to serve as a baseball stadium over the long term. The Miami Dolphins football organization had been warning the Florida Marlins that they would not offer a lease renewal, which could theoretically leave the baseball team "homeless." State and local governments were reluctant to contribute enough money for a new ballpark, however. From late 2005 through early 2007 representatives of the Marlins visited Portland and other cities in search of a new home, without success. In February 2008, after years of hard bargaining, the governments of Miami and Miami-Dade County agreed in principle to help fund a new baseball stadium for the Florida Marlins, but that wasn't the end of the long saga. During the summer of 2008, the Orange Bowl was demolished, but hopes that a new stadium would soon be built in that plot of land near downtown Miami were repeatedly put on hold. (The annual Orange Bowl game has been played in Dolphin Stadium ever since 1996.) Finally, in March 2009, funding for a new Marlins baseball stadium was formally approved by the Miami-Dade County commissioners, and construction of a retractable-roof facility began in July. Completion is scheduled in time for the 2012 season.
Obviously, the design of this stadium bears a lot in common with Minute Maid Park and Safeco Field, as far as how the retractable roof influences the overall shape. The roof will have three movable sections, sliding along a set of rails that will be supported by eight enormous concrete pillars. The size of the outfield is surprisingly big for a domed stadium. One of the key features is a large fish tank just left of center field, creating a curved nook. Both bullpens are beneath the outfield seating sections. The field has certain parallels with Turner Field, as far as the broad curve in left field and the straight, outward-angled wall in right field. Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.