Report: As part of possible stadium deal, Marlins agree to name change
October 30, 2003
MIAMI (AP) -- The Florida Marlins have agreed to change their name to the Miami Marlins if the city builds the World Series champions a new ballpark, The Miami Herald reported Thursday.
Team president David Samson said Miami-Dade County and Miami city officials requested the name change as part of negotiations for a new stadium.
``It was something (Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria) and I had no problem with,'' Samson was quoted as saying. ``It was not a negotiating point.''
Miami City Manager Joe Arriola said that a name change has been part of the negotiations all along.
``It has to be the Miami Marlins and that's all there is to it,'' Arriola told the newspaper. ``They agreed to it.''
Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas has said any stadium deal would be predicated on changing the name from Florida to Miami.
The Marlins and county officials have announced a plan to commit $210 million toward a new ballpark, which would carry a price tag of $325 million plus land costs. The 38,000-seat stadium would have a retractable roof and be open for play in 2007 under the plan. Officials are searching for a site for the stadium.
No announcement has been made on how the $115 million gap between committed money and planned costs would be covered. Penelas has said that the city and state would have to help with financing.
Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday that state money to help build the ballpark in Miami is a possibility, depending on how much the team wants. Opposition by Bush in 2000 scuttled a proposal by the Marlins to use cruise taxes to help finance a new ballpark.
Updated on Thursday, Oct 30, 2003 1:51 am