Sitting atop the roof of the Robert King High Towers Building, a webcam is pointed at what is, for now, the vacant lot where the Orange Bowl used to sit. But starting in July (if groundbreaking does occur then) nothing will start to become something. Thatâ€™s because the webcam is pointed at the new home for the Flor... I mean, soon to be Miami Marlins 37,000 seat, retractable-roof stadium. Targeted opening date? April of 2012. According to Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
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Three flags representing the Marlins, Miami-Dade County and city of Miami, are at home plate. First base features a flag for architect Populous (formerly HOK Sport); second base has the U.S. flag; and third base has a flag for Hunt/Moss â€“ the joint venture construction manager for the ballpark.
(click on the thumbnail image to see a zoomed in shot of the flags)
The webcam camera, which was manufactured by "EarthCam", provides high-speed, Multi-Megapixel images that are archived for remote viewing. Clicking on "Camera Control" to the left of the main image, you can zoom in and out (hence the ability to zoom in on the flags). You can also click on the archive tab to look back in time. The camera's orientation is from North to South and images are updated every 15 minutes.
Boring? For the moment. After all, an empty dirt lot isnâ€™t much to see. But, given the design of the new stadium (see the images below, and other high-res images here), the ballpark should be stunning. Now, about that public subsidy...
To see all of the following images, plus others, in high-resolution, select the link below:
Proposed Miami Marlins Stadium
ALL IMAGES COURTESY HOK SPORT
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