Pro Player to Evict Marlins after 2010 Season
Pro Player Stadium officials have told the Florida Marlins they won’t be allowed to play there after the 2010 season, the latest factor in the team’s prolonged struggle to get a new ballpark built in the Miami area. Pro Player Stadium President Bruce Schulze said Friday that 2010 is the last of a series of one-year lease options for the Marlins, who share the complex with the Miami Dolphins. He said dumping the Marlins would let the stadium pursue other events such as cricket and soccer.
Schulze said Pro Player Stadium is unable to acquire some events because of problems created by the infield dirt during baseball season. “The management of the dirt ends up problematic for other events, such as international soccer matches. Those events shy away because they don’t want dirt on their fields,” Schulze said.
Let me get this straight. Baseball is “America’s pastime.” There are 81 home games in a Major League regular season. The Marlins have won the World Series twice in the last seven years. And, yet, the owner of the stadium thinks they’re going to make more money hosting cricket and international soccer?
Are they planning on moving the stadium to London?