With the arrival of last Thursday’s 2018 MLB Opening Day, baseball season has officially begun! In total, 30 teams spanning from coast to coast will compete for the chance to play in the World Series and be crowned the champs in October. Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins (and the second-newest of all MLB stadiums), offers baseball-lovers a uniquely modern experience. Instead of spending time pre-gamming at bars outside the ballpark, head into Marlins Park and soak in the game-day atmosphere. Read on to find out what makes this stadium the perfect place to celebrate the beginning of baseball season.
A Seat for Everyone
Maybe you want to sit behind home plate and enjoy being close to the action, or maybe you want to party with your friends in left field. However you enjoy a baseball game, Marlins Park has the perfect seats for you. The DEX Diamond Club is an exclusive, indoors field-level area that offers an incredible view of the field from right behind home plate. Hosting a group or some clients? Marlins Park features indoor suites available for purchase that overlook the field and include tasty catered food options.
If you’re looking to party like a true Miami local, head to the Clevelander at Marlins Park. This beloved South Beach bar now has a location inside the park, complete with a DJ, pool (yes, an actual swimming pool), and a massive party area–all in left field with views of the field and visitors bullpen. Nearby, the Left Field Balcony is also home the to Budweiser Bow Tie Bar and it’s perfect place for a small group to enjoy the game for a cheaper price.
Ditch the Dog
Or don’t. Sure, you can get your classic hot dog and a beer combo, but you can have so much more at Marlins Park. The Taste of Miami food court offers local food options Don Camarón, Latin American Café, Mama Chóa and Panna Café Express. You can also dine on a Brioche Tripled Grilled Cheese Sandwich or a Cuban Hot Dog Panini at The High Cheese.
One thing you probably won’t see anywhere else, though? The Arepa Burger–a burger topped with pickled red onions, cilantro jalapeno lime aioli and chicharrones served between a classic cheese arepa. Grab one of these while you’re watching the pros hit bombs to center field and you might just feel like you’re in heaven.
Say goodbye to rain delays and postponed games. Marlins Park has a retractable roof (just the fifth MLB ballpark to boast one), which means that, rain or shine, the game is on. Plus, some of the roof panels can be independently operated to create a shading effect, ideal for those oppressively hot, sunny days. The heat, humidity, and unexpected showers of Florida are no match for this stadium. The Marlins’ old field, Sun Life Stadium, was open-aired and originally built specifically as a football field, two complaints consistent among Miami Marlins fans. Now, Marlins Park is exclusively played in by the Marlins and fans can rest assured that they won’t have to wait out a rain delay.
Be on the Lookout
Keep an eye on center field after a home run: a giant, colorful, tropical structure that shoots out water and features moving fish and dolphins is in action every time a Marlins player goes deep.
If you can, check out the two 400-gallon fish tanks behind home plate. This stadium is the only one in the country that can claim to have live fish swimming around behind the batter. Although Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto’s foul ball cracked the class in front of the tank during a 2017 game, no fish were harmed and the tanks are still a staple in this ballpark.
Stop by the Bobblehead Museum, or Museo de Bobblehead, and view more than 600 bobbleheads in a two-sided glass case.
Baseball season makes for some of the most enjoyable days and evenings in Miami. At Marlins Park, there’s a whole world of entertainment in store. If you’re looking for a place to call home, check out our Miami apartments for rent so you can get yourself to as many Marlins games as possible this year. And with that we say: play ball!
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