A pool and a porch will be prominent features at the Marlins’ new ballpark.
When the 37,000-seat, retractable-roof building opens in 2012, it will provide fans with numerous amenities and activities. Borrowing pages from the D-backs and Mets, the Marlins will have a pool area in left field and a porch in right field. The size of the pool will be about the same as the one at Chase Field in Arizona.
In meetings last week, the Marlins went over details with the their stadium designer, Populous — formerly HOK Sports. “We got into details of how big the pool would be, and how people would get there, and what their view would be from that pool area,” Samson said. At their current home, LandShark Stadium (formerly Dolphin Stadium), there is a hot tub area down the right-field side, near the Marlins bullpen.
“The pool is going to be much bigger than our current hot tub,” Samson said. “We think it’s going to be the size of a pretty nice pool. I’d say Arizona is a good comparison.”
More details will come out eventually, but for now I’m struggling to think of what’s less essential to the enjoyment of a baseball game than a swimming pool.