First Visit to Marlins Park

Marlins Park is one of the most expensive stadiums in the Major League Baseball’s National League. Despite its cost, at full capacity, Marlins Park, home to Miami Marlins, can hold 37,442 fans making it the third smallest stadium in baseball. Marlins Park is the newest ballpark in Major League Baseball and opened to the public in March of 2012. Read through for more information about the team and its ballpark. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your first visit to Marlins Park.

The Clevelander
Now fans can visit Marlins Park while feeling like they are still dancing in South Beach. The popular South Beach hotel, The Clevelander, has a bar and entertainment area just beyond the right-center field wall of the Marlins home ballpark. The Clevelander has swimming pools, live dancers and even body painting stalls within a lounge atmosphere that that can accommodate up to 250 people. To top things off the main pool has a bar and a grille right alongside to allow fans to enjoy barbecue and cocktails while tanning in the Florida sun. The Clevelander caters to a young, single demographic, so older fans and families with children may want to consider other seating areas.

Marlins Park has nearly 6,000 parking spots enabling most drivers to find a stall close to the ballpark. With most of the crowd using public transportation to get to the ballpark and a number of nearby unaffiliated parking locations, fans will have an easier time parking at Marlins Park than at older ballparks. The Marlins also sell pre-paid parking spots through their website to fans looking for a guaranteed spot close to Marlins Park.

Food at Marlins Park
As befitting its location in South Florida, Marlins Park offers a diverse selection of food unique to its environment. Fans can enjoy standard ballpark food such as hot dogs, nachos, cracker jacks, popcorn, soda, and beer. But discriminating patrons will also enjoy unique offerings such as a buffalo and blue chicken sandwich, fish ceviche, and shrimp burgers. Be sure to leave room for Marlins Park specialties like cuban sandwiches and and a lime and lobster roll.

Ballpark Art
Marlins Park has been infused with many instances of contemporary art created by artists around the world. The centerpiece exhibit is a home run sculpture that cost more $2.5 million to build. The sculpture features sun, sand, and turf elements complete with two animated birds in front. Spend some time during your first visit at Marlins Park wandering through the large concourses to enjoy the public displays of art throughout the stadium.

Marlins Park has two huge, 450 gallon fish tanks located just behind home plate. Families with children should make time to take the kids to view the fish tank in person. It’s a rare sight to see a major league pitcher hurling a baseball in the general direction of a huge fish tank. Fish lovers need not worry though. The tanks are coated with bullet proof material that can stave off even a 100 mile pitch. The fish tank is open to the public, but access may be restricted during the game to specific ticket holders.

Watch batting practice
As soon as the gates open fans can head into the stands to watch the Marlins take batting practice. The best spots for catching a foul ball are taken within minutes of the gates opening. After 45 minutes from the time the gates open ushers will begin asking fans to move to their designated seating areas.

See the Marlins Park seating chart or general information about the Miami Marlins seating chart.