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Whether you live in the Miami area or are on vacation, a ticket to watch the Miami Marlins at LoanDepot Park is your chance for an unforgettable experience. Watching baseball is no longer just about seeing the game, it is also about experiencing the atmosphere. Ballpark getaways are one of the hottest crazes for sports fans.
Miami’s gorgeous home ballpark, LoanDepot Park, is one of the jewels of Major League Baseball. It is the perfect place to spend a spring or summer afternoon watching great Major League Baseball action. Night games during the warm months in South Florida are also ideal times to watch baseball.
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In July 1991, Miami and Denver were awarded Major League Baseball franchises. A year-long expansion process had unfolded with the two cities being given professional baseball teams. Both franchises would play in the National League, bringing the total number of MLB teams up to 28. The last round of MLB expansion took place in 1977. The Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays joined MLB, playing in the American League.
Talk of MLB expansion started in 1985, as the National League sought to add two additional teams. Ten cities were considered for expansion with Buffalo, Charlotte, Denver, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Phoenix, Sacramento, Tampa Bay, and Washington, D.C. all in the running.
Miami’s place in MLB wasn’t a foregone conclusion. Orlando and Tampa Bay were in talks with MLB right down to the end. Tampa Bay was desperate to land a professional baseball team. The city opened the Suncoast Dome in 1990. The venue was built specifically to land an MLB team. The Suncoast Dome was cutting-edge at the time, and it would later lure the expansion Tampa Bay Rays in 1998. However, it was the city of Miami that received MLB expansion in 1991.
Choosing a Name
Florida businessman Wayne Huizenga took control of the expansion franchise, paying MLB the $95 million fee to acquire the team. Huizenga was the CEO of Blockbuster Video and would also go on to own the Florida Panthers ice hockey team. Huizenga had already bought the Miami Dolphins NFL team in 1990, helping ease the financial strain on the franchise. He was a major player in South Florida sports and is cited for bringing baseball and hockey to the region.
Huizenga wanted to call the MLB franchise the Florida Flamingos. The owner was talked out of the name by an individual in MLB Properties. In the early 1990s, the color teal was popular in the sports world thanks to the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. Fans, especially kids, had flocked to support those teams.
So, instead of pink uniforms, Huizenga went with a different mascot and colorway. Yet, the Marlins’ name wasn’t exactly on everyone’s minds. The Miami Manatees’ name was popular among local baseball fans, and it won a “Name the Team” contest. The Florida Panthers moniker was also considered, as the MLB team pre-dated Huizenga’s hockey franchise.
The team would eventually adopt the “Marlins”, due to the area having a history with the mascot. Two minor league teams had used the Marins name previously. In 1956, the original Miami Marlins played in the Triple-A International League as an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. From 1962 to 1970 and from 1982 to 1988, the Marlins played in the Class A Florida State League. So, there was a history and familiarity with the name.
Debut Season and World Series Wins
On April 5, 1993, the Marlins made their debut at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami. A crowd of over 42,300 attended the team’s inaugural game, a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Knuckleballer Charlie Hough started the game, and his first pitch was a called strike. The Marlins didn’t fare too well that season and the excitement of an Opening Day win dissolved quickly. The team ended the campaign 64-98.
The Marlins played four MLB seasons before reaching the postseason. In 1997, the team qualified for the NL playoffs thanks to a 92-70 record. The Marlins then shocked MLB by winning the club’s first World Series. The team went to seven games with a star-studded Cleveland Indians team. With Game 7 in the 11th inning, Edgar Renteria sent a line drive up the middle off Charlie Nagy to send Craig Counsell home to score.
After six consecutive below .500 seasons, the Marlins were back in the playoffs in 2003. Once again, the Marlins went all the way to the World Series, this time playing the team of the late 1990s and early 2000s, the New York Yankees. The Marlins pulled off another World Series upset, claiming the trophy in six games.
Since winning their second World Series, the Marlins have made the postseason just one other time. The 2020 season saw the Marlins make the playoffs during the COVID-19-shortened season. The team lost to the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS.
New Name, New Stadium, and New Colors
In 2011, the Marlins franchise made some significant announcements for the future. Firstly, the team was set to move into its very own baseball stadium. Secondly, the team would no longer be known as the Florida Marlins. Rather, the franchise would be rechristened the Miami Marlins. Finally, the Marlins would undergo a change of colors.
The original Marlins’ logo and teal color were replaced for the 2012 campaign. In its place, the team used blue, grey, orange, and yellow as part of its color scheme. In 2019, the franchise would again alter its colors. The orange was replaced with red, while the yellow was removed altogether. A lighter blue replaced the darker version, bringing Miami’s colors slightly closer to the franchise’s original teal.
The catalyst behind the name change from Florida to Miami and the color alteration was the Marlins’ new baseball stadium. In 2012, the Marlins move from Joe Robbie Stadium, the team’s home since 1993, to Marlins Park. Before relocating to a baseball-specific stadium, the Marlins shared Joe Robbie with the Miami Dolphins. The venue was first and foremost an NFL stadium. It had poor sightlines and various other issues due to being a football venue.
Marlins Park, currently known as LoanDepot Park for sponsorship reasons, can hold 36,742 people. The largest crowd to watch a baseball game in the venue was 37,446 when the United States played the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic 2017.
The stadium’s art deco facade makes it one of the coolest-looking venues in American sports. There is also a bobblehead museum fans of baseball shouldn’t miss. There are around 600 bobbleheads in the museum to view. Marlins Park has a retractable roof, giving fans the chance to experience a beautiful South Florida night under the stars. The South Florida weather can be unpredictable in summer, so having a retractable roof means fans can enjoy a game while a heavy storm blows outside.
One of the most appealing aspects of going to a baseball game in Miami, or anywhere else, is that it is inviting and accessible to fans of all ages. Attending a baseball game at loanDepot Park is a great family activity because of the family-friendly atmosphere.
When renting a charter bus to Miami Marlins game, you can rely on East Coast Limousine. When you hire a Miami Marlins charter bus from us, you’ll be able to pregame in cozy air-conditioned seats with a designated driver who will bring you to the stadium. By planning visits to some of Miami’s best locations before and after the game, you can make a complete day out of seeing the Marlins. It all depends on you!
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