Miami Marine Stadium
Take a 360-degree virtual tour around the abandoned Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key in Miami, Florida.
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About the Miami Marine Stadium
The Miami Marine Stadium is a historic venue located on the shores of Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida. Designed by Cuban-American architect Hilario Candela, the stadium was built in 1963 to host marine events such as powerboat racing and aqua shows.
The Miami Marine Stadium was the first stadium of its kind, built specifically for marine events. It featured a unique design with a cantilevered roof that extended out over the water, providing shade for the spectators. The stadium had a capacity of 6,566 and was constructed with concrete and steel, making it durable and able to withstand the harsh marine environment.
In addition to hosting marine events, the Miami Marine Stadium was also used for concerts, festivals, and other large events. It became a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, and was a beloved and iconic landmark in the city of Miami.
Unfortunately, the Miami Marine Stadium fell into disrepair in 1992 due to Hurricane Andrew, which caused significant damage to the structure. The hurricane damaged the roof, walls, and other structural elements, rendering the stadium unsafe for use. As a result, it was abandoned and left to deteriorate for many years.
During this time, the abandoned stadium became a popular spot for graffiti artists, who used the walls as a canvas for their art. The graffiti adorned the stadium and added to its unique character, attracting photographers and tourists who were drawn to the edgy, urban aesthetic.
In recent years, there has been a push to restore and rehabilitate the Miami Marine Stadium. In 2008, the Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium was founded, with the goal of raising funds and support for the restoration of the stadium. The group has been successful in raising awareness and support for the project, and has secured funding from a variety of sources, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Knight Foundation.
Today, the Stadium is undergoing a major restoration project, with the goal of returning it to its former glory. The project is being led by the Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium, in partnership with the City of Miami and other community groups. The restoration includes repairs to the roof, walls, and other structural elements, as well as the addition of new amenities and facilities.
Once complete, the Miami Marine Stadium will once again be a vibrant and active venue, hosting a variety of marine events, concerts, festivals, and other large events. It will be a valuable resource for the community and a source of pride for the city of Miami.
Overall, the Miami Marine Stadium has a rich history and an exciting future. From its origins as a groundbreaking venue for marine events, to its time as a graffiti-covered landmark, to its current restoration project, the stadium has played a significant role in the city of Miami. With its restoration and rejuvenation, it is sure to once again become a beloved and iconic destination for locals and tourists alike.
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