MIAMI -- The makeover at Marlins Park will feature an upscale multitiered deck in center field, along with a special standing-room only (SRO) social section down the right-field line.On Tuesday, the Marlins unveiled the two new renovations that are part of a series of stadium enhancements for the 2019 season.
MIAMI -- The makeover at Marlins Park will feature an upscale multitiered deck in center field, along with a special standing-room only (SRO) social section down the right-field line.
On Tuesday, the Marlins unveiled the two new renovations that are part of a series of stadium enhancements for the 2019 season. Additionally, the batter's eye and other areas on the wall beyond the outfield fences will be covered with lush green ivy, while the outfield wall itself will now be blue.
"As we continue our commitment to elevate the fan experience at Marlins Park, we are focused on creating a sense of community through spaces which encourage social engagement among fans," Marlins president of business operations Chip Bowers said in a statement. "The new Center Field Zone and SRO Social Section will provide unique field sightlines and access for fans, with passes starting as low as $10 per game."
The Center Field Zone stands in the area that previously housed the Home Run Sculpture, which had been a colorful centerpiece at the retractable-roof ballpark since it opened in 2012. Recently, the seven-story fixture was removed, and by the 2020 season, it is expected to be displayed outside the ballpark.
With a capacity of nearly 400, the Center Field Zone is a tiered viewing platform structure that allows fans to look down on the action and offers them the chance to catch home runs.
The top level is accessible to all fans from the Promenade Level, and it will feature a craft cocktail bar. The middle level will serve as an exclusive standing view platform with a drink rail for SRO Social Pass holders, and the lower level will serve as an exclusive group hospitality space.
Down the right-field line, sections 1-3, now feature an exclusive gathering spot for SRO Social Pass holders. The area is in foul territory and has a capacity of more than 200.
But the most visual changes have been beyond the outfield walls.
Out there, the stadium enhancements include the addition of green ivy covering the wall in left field. Previously, the left-field facade was painted orange.
The outfield wall itself has been painted blue after being lime green since the ballpark's inception.
"Our goal is to make Marlins Park an entertainment venue that appeals to all, from the casual baseball fan to the avid business networker," Bowers said. "As we look to further engage the burgeoning millennial audience in Miami, this new feature will provide an option for an enhanced social environment to meet the demand of the next generation of baseball fans."
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