Construction of the new 37,000-seat Marlins Park in Miami, Florida began in July, 2009 and was completed in March of 2012 in time for the 2012 Major League Baseball season. The new Marlins Park is located on the site of the former Orange Bowl and includes a retractable roof to shelter fans from Miami’s intense summer heat, humidity and rain showers. Average temperature inside the park with the roof closed is 75 degrees F. The spectacular ballpark includes a swimming pool adjoining left field and two aquariums behind home plate. Fan safety and comfort were key priorities in building the ballpark. Area building codes required that a reliable, top performing life-safety smoke removal system be installed to ensure the safe evacuation of fans and employees in the event of a fire. Due to the location of the ballpark in the Florida high velocity hurricane zone, roof mounted ventilation equipment also needed to be Miami-Dade Qualified and Florida Approved. Successfully executed sustainability initiatives throughout the design and construction process resulted in Marlins Park becoming the world’s first retractable roof ballpark to earn LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Challenge Marlins Park was the first major league ballpark to earn LEED Gold Certification. Photo Courtesy Miami Marlins. The LEED® Certification Mark is a registered trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council® and is used with permission.
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