The Marlins need a new stadium. The Miami area knows that MLB doesn’t want to give up the market. When you add in the fact that asking for public funds is an increasingly difficult proposition in South Florida, and that Miami City Council has now decided to not look into funding for the Marlins until the University of Miami decides whether to move to Dolphin Stadium, the Marlins are now in a state of Stadium purgatory.
As reported by the Miami Herald:
The Marlins are increasingly worried they won't be allowed to remain at Dolphin Stadium much longer, if at all, after their lease ends in December 2010. Marlins president David Samson said in recent months, a Huizenga Holdings official reaffirmed Wayne Huizenga's earlier written notification that the lease would not be renewed. To be ready by 2011, stadium construction must begin by next April, and the deal would need to be consummated immediately.
''Knowing Dolphin Stadium's desire to eliminate the infield dirt for football. . . . I am confident [Huizenga] meant what he said -- that the Marlins lease would not be extended past 2010,'' Samson said.
Added Dolphin Stadium owner, Wayne Huizenga, “I don't want to do anything to hurt the Dolphins' chances of winning. We miss field goals on dirt. [Still], we're the family that brought the Marlins here, and the last thing we want to do is hurt the team.''
Huizenga dismissed any discussion about possibly building a baseball-only facility for the Marlins next to Dolphin Stadium.
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