2269 N.W. 199th St.
Miami, FL 33056
ticket information call: (305) 350-5050
plays here: Florida Marlins, of
the National League; the Miami Dolphins of the NFL.
First opened: August 16, 1987, for the Miami Dolphins (they lost to
the Bears, 10-3).
First Marlins game: April 5, 1993
Surface: Tifway 419 Bermuda grass. Pro Player Stadium is equipped with the
Prescription Athletic Turf (PAT) system which provides drainage for its
natural grass. The stadium also features a synthetic warning track
designed to absorb water.
74,916 for football. There is
some question as to what the capacity is for baseball - depending on the
source it's either 47,662, 42,531 or 35,000. The official number is
Facilities Group (Kansas City, MS)
and Nichols, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN)
Fuller Company (New York, NY)
Nyitray, Inc. (Miami, FL)
Schnars, P.A. (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Consulting Engineers, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Joiner-Rose Group, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Associates, Inc. (Miami, FL)
financing: 100% - from the sale of 10-year leases of executive suites
at $30,000 to $90,000 per year and club seats from $800 to $1,800 a year.
Stands: 43 stands, 264 service
lines. 1 TV monitor per stand.
40 men, 40 women
A $1 million system was installed in
1996 Firm Playing Surface Within 30 Minutes of a 3" per hour rain
In 1987, Joe Robbie Stadium was built for the Miami Dolphins. The $115
million state-of-the-art, open air facility played host to its first ever
Marlins game on April 5, 1993 between the Marlins and the Los Angeles
Dodgers. Before that, the stadium played host to 13 spring training games. The
stadium has played host to a World Series, the Super
Bowl, a Blockbuster Bowl, and the Orange Bowl.
The construction was privately funded, and in March of 1990 H. Wayne
Huizenga (then CEO of Blockbuster Video) bought 15% of the Dolphins and
50% of the stadium in order to bring an expansion baseball team to Miami.
The National League granted him a franchise in 1991, and in 1994 he bought
out the rest of the Dolphins and the stadium.
On August 26, 1996, Pro Player, the sports apparel division of Fruit of
the Loom, sponsored the renaming of Joe Robbie Stadium as Pro Player
Huizenga, who also owns the Florida Panthers of the NHL, went on a
shopping spree in 1997 to bring pitchers Alex Fernandez and Dennis Cook,
plus Bobby Bonilla, Moises Alou and Jim Eisenreich to his World Series
champions. Like a dot-com CEO, he proudly announced that even if the team
sold out every home game, they still would have lost $10 million - and
when fans didn't flock to the Stadium like he thought they would, he had
to sell off his stars. Kevin Brown, Al Leiter, Robb Nen, Livan Hernandez
and Rick Helling have all thrived as ex-Marlins since leaving in 1998.
Huizenga spent another $10 million to renovate the stadium in 1999 to accommodate Major League Baseball. Renovations
include retractable seating on the north side of the stadium, new baseball
dugouts, 660 additional lights for suitable night play, and an electric
disappearing pitcher's mound.
He is looking to sell the team, which was why he cut the payroll.
Reportedly, Huizenga is also considering moving the Marlins into a new
ballpark with a retractable dome, built next to a new hockey arena as part
of a proposed 500-acre entertainment complex.
FL. The stadium is located at 2269 N.W. 199th Street in Miami, only
one mile south of the Dade-Broward County Line. The 160 acre site stands
midway between downtown Miami (16 miles) and downtown Fort Lauderdale (18
miles). Center field faces out to the east, towards the Florida Turnpike;
the third base faces north, towards NW 203rd Street & Snake Creek
Canal. Home plate is due west, facing Carl F. Barger Boulevard & NW
27th (University) Avenue. First base, facing south, is towards NW 199th
Street & Honey Hill Road.
field: 335 ft., 330 ft. (1994)
alleys: 380 ft., 385 ft. (1994)
field: 410 ft., 404 ft. (1994)
field: 345 ft
The stadium may be a beautiful
facility, but hitters can't wait to leave it. The stadium depresses
scoring more than any other ballpark in the majors except for Qualcomm
Stadium in San Diego and Shea in Queens. In it's first year as a
ballpark, it threw sabermetricians a little head fake by being a
relatively easy place to score, but since then it has become apparent that
that was a one-year aberration.
The roomy outfield stretches 434 feet away in the furthest part of center
field, a distance no other ballpark can match (Tiger Stadium used to be
listed at 440 feet, but it was really much shorter than that). The power
alleys are 385 feet away, and more than one pitcher has breathed a sigh of
relief as a result.
Bermuda Triangle: In left center, the fence is 385 feet away from the
plate. Rather than curving into center field like most outfield fences,
the fence in left center is straight and continues to run away from home
plate, stretching to 434 feet at it's most distant. The wall then breaks
at a 90-degree angle and comes back to meet the center field wall at about
408 feet, resulting in an odd little triangle of field in center-left.
A well-hit ball can get caught in here and give base runners extra time to
round the bases. As a result, Pro Player routinely has among the highest
triples factors in the majors.
Teal Tower: The 28-foot scoreboard that occupies most of left-center
seems to attract leather like a magnet. It takes a moonshot to clear the
scoreboard in left-center. Some fans have taken to calling this the
"Teal Monster," and they should all be shot. Twice.
The outfield wall has many nooks and crannies that make for interesting
bounces and tough angles for outfielders, and odd caroms off the Tower
often baffle outfielders, resulting in one of the higher error factors in
the majors. The Stadium also has a reputation for poor lighting and
erratic scorekeeping, which may also increase the number of errors.
benefits: Flyball pitchers like Alex Fernandez, Jesus Sanchez and Ryan
Dempster. In 1998, closer , Antonio
Alfonseca (a ground ball pitcher) held opponents' batting averages 48
points lower at home, and in 1999 he had a home ERA of 1.98 and a road ERA
of 5.53; in 2000, however, he did better on the road.
In 1999, Dempster allowed just 5 of his 21 home runs at home, and was 4-2,
3.33 ERA at home versus 3-6, 5.90 ERA on the road. In 2000, Sanchez had
an ERA over 2 runs per game lower at home, while Dempster was better
at home by almost a run.
gets hurt: Anyone with a bat. The right field fence is 15 feet further
away than the left field fence at the foul pole, but left-handed batters
don't really suffer because right-handed batters have a 28-foot high
scoreboard in left center to deal with, as well as the Bermuda
- Third-lowest home run factor in NL in
- Third-lowest LHB home run factor in NL in
- Highest error and infield-error factors in
NL in 1999
- Second-lowest home run factor in NL in
- Second-lowest LHB home run factor in NL in
- Second-lowest RHB home run factor in NL in
- Second-lowest LHB batting average factor in
- Third lowest run factor in NL in
- "Sportstown" is a cool
little hangout located on the
south side of the Stadium at Gate G. It features
interactive games for fans, food, souvenirs, etc. It opens two
hours before the first pitch of any baseball game and three hours
prior to all football games.
- All second-deck outfield seats are
covered by canvas and are not used for baseball