10/28/2003 9:21 PM ET
Marlins outline stadium proposal
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
MIAMI -- On a day full of fanfare and festivities, Marlins president David Samson outlined with Miami-Dade County officials a proposal for a $325 million retractable-roof stadium.
Fresh from a morning parade honoring the World Series champions, Samson sat down with county commissioners and said the Marlins would put up $137 million toward a 38,000-seat stadium that would be ready for the 2007 season.
Until Tuesday, the Marlins had not spoken much publicly about the need for a new stadium.
The county would pitch in $73 million in convention development tax proceeds and professional sports franchise facility tax money.
While that leaves a gap of $115 million, Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas said, "This is only the beginning, a first step."
The county commission will vote on the resolution on Nov. 4.
At Tuesday's meeting, no specifics were offered on a potential site in Miami.
"This team has to know by March 15 its future," Samson told The Associated Press. "That is a requirement by [owner] Jeffrey Loria and myself as we plan the operation of the team. March 15 is a critical day for us."
Loria took control of the Marlins in February of 2002. In two seasons, Samson says the team lost around $20 million each year.
This year, the Marlins are the toast of the town. After getting off to a disappointing start, and surviving a managerial change in May, the Marlins rallied to win the Wild Card race.
They then beat the Giants in the Division Series, the Cubs in the NLCS and finally the Yankees in the World Series.
The Marlins share Pro Player Stadium with the Miami Dolphins.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig issued a statement Tuesday regarding a new stadium for the Marlins.
In the statement, the Commissioner said: "On behalf of Major League Baseball, 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 towards the possibility of building a new ballpark in South Florida.
"We look forward to working with the club, the state, the county, the city, and all the communities involved in bringing this important project to fruition."
We either make ourselves happy or miserable.
The amount of work is the same.