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  • marlins739
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    Soccer was another consideration. The field is big enough for just about any sport, and plenty big enough for soccer with lots of room to spare. Here's Giants Stadium, which has hosted plenty of soccer with very little "foul territory" for football



    Wikipedia says:

    "The stadium was designed at Joe Robbie's request to have a wider than normal playing field in order to accommodate soccer and to serve as the home of a potential Major League Baseball franchise in South Florida. Because of this design decision, the first row of seats is 90 feet (27 m) from the sideline in a football configuration, considerably more distant than the first row of seats in most football stadiums (the closest seats at the new Soldier Field, for instance, are 55 feet (17 m) from the sideline at the 50–yard line). While the decision to employ a wider playing field resulted in a Major League Baseball (MLB) expansion franchise for Miami (see below), it resulted in a less intimate venue for football when compared to other contemporary football facilities."

    The new Meadowlands stadium front row will be 46 feet from the sideline

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  • NYFan1stYankFan2nd
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    Originally posted by marlins739 View Post
    The Dolph isn't much of a football stadium, no. Joe Robbie built it that way purposely, with a much wider field than he needed for football, to host a potential MLB team he thought would come in a few years (he was right). So the football seats are a long way away from the actual sidelines, while there's hardly any foul territory for baseball. It's not too bad, but there's a lot of dead space along the sidelines that other football stadiums don't have.

    Or - dare I mention it within these borders - soccer? :hyper:

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  • JohnCropp
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    Originally posted by Jays753 View Post
    2 WS titles and fans still won't come out. It's a shame.
    By that logic, it's a shame that no one bought "Chinese Democracy" since "Appetite for Destruction" and the "Use Your Illusions" albums were real good.

    The fact is, people can be loyal to their team without driving out to the stadium and spending a fortune to see them in person. Especially when the games are readily availble on the cable that they've already paid for.

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  • PeteU
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    Originally posted by marlins739 View Post
    For the first time in a couple years, the Marlins weren't dead last in attendance. The average was up by 2,000 this year with a crappy, and we were well ahead of the A's.
    I'm not going lie and say that's great news by any stretch of the imagination, but considering most teams declined in attendance in part to the economy, it's not too bad. Hopefully its not just an anomoly but rather an indication that the fanbase is slowly warming up to the team again now that the franchise's situation in South Florida is no longer in jeopardy.

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  • marlins739
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    For the first time in a couple years, the Marlins weren't dead last in attendance. The average was up by 2,000 this year with a crappy, and we were well ahead of the A's.

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  • Jays753
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    2 WS titles and fans still won't come out. It's a shame.

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  • marlins739
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    The Dolph isn't much of a football stadium, no. Joe Robbie built it that way purposely, with a much wider field than he needed for football, to host a potential MLB team he thought would come in a few years (he was right). So the football seats are a long way away from the actual sidelines, while there's hardly any foul territory for baseball. It's not too bad, but there's a lot of dead space along the sidelines that other football stadiums don't have.

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  • majorleads
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    For some reason I actually like seeing baseball games at this stadium. In fact I like it much better than football. Football games I feel like I'm very far from the field. One of the ways I judge whether or not I like a stadium/arena in any sport is if I feel like I'm on top of the action. In this stadium, baseball yes, football no. And coming from the Orange Bowl, Joe Robbie was such a big letdown.

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  • J.R.
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    I thought they used to install covers over the Dolphins stuff (ring, etc.) in the Marlins' earliest days there.

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  • PeteU
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    Just a few home videos I found on Youtube from the 2003 postseason. As both myself and Marlins739 have said often, Joe Robbie/the Dolph/Landshark was a totally different atmosphere when it was packed to the gills.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTuKeHwxzh8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgr7a...eature=related

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  • PeteU
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    Originally posted by marlins739 View Post
    Here's a picture from the Internet of what was then Joe Robbie Stadium with the gray tarps and the NL logos in the outfield upper deck. This is probably from 1993. No orange paint along the top of the upper deck, no shapes, everything in the interior is gray concrete that's all been painted over by now. Just this offseason they finally repainted all the shapes and the blue sections so the whole place is orange on the inside except the club level seats. No Dolphins ring of honor yet either



    Interesting to see the evolution of the picnic area at Joe Robbie. In the first few years, it started in deep right center where the Fish Tank seats are now, and then was moved to foul territory right near the right field corner. It stayed like that until this year, where it appears to have been significantly minimalized (i.e. no large structure, just a smaller area on the ground level).

    Of the tarps, I like the gray tarps better than the blue ones they had in the late 1990s.

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  • marlins739
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    Here's a picture from the Internet of what was then Joe Robbie Stadium with the gray tarps and the NL logos in the outfield upper deck. This is probably from 1993. No orange paint along the top of the upper deck, no shapes, everything in the interior is gray concrete that's all been painted over by now. Just this offseason they finally repainted all the shapes and the blue sections so the whole place is orange on the inside except the club level seats. No Dolphins ring of honor yet either



    Another one, showing the original Teal Tower with the hand-operated scoreboard. Does anyone have a close-up of the original board? It looks like there was a manual line score below the clock too, with the lineups on either side. The profile of the top of the wall was changed when they replaced the manual scoreboard with the current electric one that people could actually read. The old manual out of town scoreboard only lasted that one year, right? I wonder if the outfield wall padding just faded over time, or if they replaced it with the light color that's there now. Notice all the fans wearing teal hats. I used to have one of those.



    This is from Digital Ballparks, and shows how the place looked in the late 90s. Notice the original 1997 championship banner in the corner, the old line scoreboard on the front of the club level (which was moved down to the orange seats in the 2003 playoffs to open more blue seats). The upper deck rim alternated between blue and orange, and it's all orange now. The scoreboard next to the TD Waterhouse sign showed the pitch speed, and then stock prices between innings. No ad on the left field wall (before the 93-97-03-12 sign, it was a giant ad for the Miccosukee casino). The stupid-looking shapes were painted on the front of the club level. These were the Dark Ages for the Marlins franchise

    Last edited by marlins739; 08-05-2009, 09:17 AM.

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  • Chevy114
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    I didn't see the flags under the american flag because of my seats at the time. I felt like the 93, 97, 03, 12 banner was more for stadium, but I guess you're right marlins that is a good reminder of the world series titles.

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  • Captain Cold Nose
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    Originally posted by Paul W View Post
    when politicians and club owners get into bed together and steal private property, use public funds and power to enrich owners who give back little for what they get - i'll keep bringing it up.
    it's not just in miami, it's everywhere. i know the quagmire if dade co. politics, i used to work @ wplg-tv.
    just wait - they'll find ways to make you pay and you'll be powerless to stop them then...
    Unless you actually have something that shows something like that is going to happen with the subject matter at hand, please leave the conspiracy theories and anti-establishment rants at home and for other sites. Not here, please.

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  • Paul W
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    follow the $$$$'s...

    when politicians and club owners get into bed together and steal private property, use public funds and power to enrich owners who give back little for what they get - i'll keep bringing it up.
    it's not just in miami, it's everywhere. i know the quagmire if dade co. politics, i used to work @ wplg-tv.
    just wait - they'll find ways to make you pay and you'll be powerless to stop them then...

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