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Written by The Staff   
Monday, 09 April 2007 04:06

Marlins Proposed StadiumBefore Friday’s home opener, Florida Marlins owner Jeffery Loria said that the Marlin’s sole focus for a new stadium is now in a downtown location, thus putting the possibility of the Orange Bowl location in jeopardy. As reported by the Miami Herald:

A downtown setting ''would be much more beneficial for the franchise and the fans,'' said Loria. ``It's very easy to get to. We must get it done. It's been lagging too long.''

Added team President David Samson, ``Our sole focus is completing a deal downtown.''

The team's stance drew a mixed response from Miami-Dade County leaders who had focused on the Orange Bowl site during a lengthy discussion last month, and Tallahassee legislators who still must pass a bill to give the team $30 million to complete the funding.

While legislators worked last month to create non-site specific funding for a new Marlins stadium, some lawmakers are shifting away from the Orange Bowl location due to certain issues. Said Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, ''For me, I think baseball would work better in an urban, downtown site.” Added State Rep. David Rivera, ''My guess is the delegation would prefer Bayfront over any other site. That's based on informal discussions. It's a beautiful site. Imagine home runs getting hit into Biscayne Bay.”

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