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Postby Madison » Tue Oct 28, 2003 10:58 pm

Marlins, county set to commit $210 million toward new ballpark

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer
October 28, 2003
MIAMI (AP) -- The World Series champion Florida Marlins and Miami-Dade County announced a plan Tuesday night to fund $210 million toward a new ballpark that would open in 2007.

The 38,000-seat ballpark, which would have a retractable roof, is projected to cost $325 million, not including land for the new facility. The Marlins will commit $137 million and the county $73 million, which would come from convention development tax proceeds and professional sports franchise facility tax money.

``Obviously that leaves a gap,'' County Mayor Alex Penelas said. ``We don't have answers on how to fill that gap today. I'll be very honest. This is only the beginning, a first step.''

Penelas said it was largely coincidental that Tuesday's announcement was made only about an hour after a daylong South Florida celebration of the Marlins' World Series championship concluded. The county commission will vote on the resolution on Nov. 4; Penelas said the matter had to be made public one week before that meeting to be on the agenda.

``Time was of the essence,'' he said.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig praised the announcement.

``I am extremely pleased and excited that the Florida Marlins have been able to transform their success, both on and off the field, to renewed interest among their fan base and significant movement toward the possibility of building a new ballpark in South Florida,'' he said.


Updated on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 8:50 pm EST

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Postby wrveres » Tue Oct 28, 2003 11:05 pm

good for them .....


I always giggle when I hear Bud talk about the Marlins ... I mean he is related to the owners wife.
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Postby eftda » Tue Oct 28, 2003 11:07 pm

Too bad, this could have happened to the A's. i have been to their park, 10 times in the last 3 years, and they NEED a new park...
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Postby wrveres » Tue Oct 28, 2003 11:13 pm

eftda wrote:Too bad, this could have happened to the A's. i have been to their park, 10 times in the last 3 years, and they NEED a new park...


you need someone in Seligs family to sleep with the A's owner.... Then in time, it will happen. Just pray they don't get the owners confused and acidentally sleep with Al Davis.
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Postby eftda » Tue Oct 28, 2003 11:16 pm

does Bud have family everywhere??
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Postby Mad'sWife » Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:25 am

wrveres wrote:
eftda wrote:Too bad, this could have happened to the A's. i have been to their park, 10 times in the last 3 years, and they NEED a new park...


you need someone in Seligs family to sleep with the A's owner.... Then in time, it will happen. Just pray they don't get the owners confused and acidentally sleep with Al Davis.


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