Where Else Can You Find A City With A Marine Stadium?February 13, 2013
Now most American cities can boast of having a few stadiums within their city limits or very close by. Miami, however, has the distinct pleasure of being able to say that it has its very own marine stadium. The Miami Marine Stadium is located just off Key Biscayne on Virginia Key and is literally situated right beside the ocean. This stadium was built in 1963 and was capable of holding around 6,500 people at capacity and its striking design sets it apart from every other stadium in the city and the state.
The stadium itself was designed to be used for water sports, such as speed boat racing, and that did happen with several powerboat events taking place there, some with fatal consequences for the drivers alas. But it was most frequently used for concerts – with the bands or acts performing on a floating stage, anchored just off the shore. It must have been amazing to see the stadium at its height with major musical talent performing on a floating stage – a unique experience to say the least.
Unfortunately Hurricane Andrew in 1992 wreaked havoc on the stadium and the floating stage leaving it officially condemned as a result – this left it wide open to being defaced by graffiti artists for several years. Miamians hated the fact that this incredibly unique stadium was going to waste and there’s now a renovation program under way to bring this original stadium back to life and restore it to its original beauty. A huge part of this renovation project was actually funded by Miamians themselves with more than $3,000,000 pledged to the project.
Even in its current state the Miami Marine Stadium is a part of Miami history that you need to visit to appreciate what it once looked like and, now thanks to the renovation project, what it will look like again in the very near future.
The Miami Marine Stadium will always be an iconic reminder of the unique nature of what Miami can offer you.