Marlins stadium construction site

  • Construction of the new Marlins stadium is seen on July 19, 2011. AL DIAZ / Miami Herald Staff

  • Construction of the new Marlins stadium is seen on July 19, 2011. AL DIAZ / Miami Herald Staff

  • Construction of the new Marlins stadium is seen from the Robert King High Towers on July 19, 2011. AL DIAZ / Miami Herald Staff

  • Construction of the new Marlins stadium is seen on July 19, 2011. AL DIAZ / Miami Herald Staff

  • The new Marlins ballpark as seen looking east from NW 7th street on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • The Marlins organization provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark. on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • Retractable glass doors open to show a view of downtown Miami as the Marlins organization provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark. on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • Retractable glass doors open to show a view of downtown Miami as the Marlins organization provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark. on June 16, 2011. This photo was made from the stands behind homeplate, looking above and beyond center field. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • The Marlins organization provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark on June 16, 2011. At right are the new parking garages. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • Glass panels are installed on the exterior of the new Marlins ball park. The Marlins organization provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark. on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • Claude Delorame Executive Vice President Ball Park Development and Sid Perkins, construction manager, ceter left to right, give the media an inside view of the Marlins new dressing room area. The Marlins organization provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark. on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • The Marlins organization provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark on June 16, 2011. This view is looking southwest from the stadium. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • A construction worker walks pass the first seat inside the new stadium and the only one painted orange. The Marlins organization provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark. on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • The new Marlins Ballpark at 16 Avenue and N.W. 4th Street on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • Billy the Marlin takes a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark. on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • Seats are installed in the upper deck as the Marlins organization provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • The Marlins organization provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark. on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • Marlins President David Samson provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Staff Photo

  • The Marlins organization provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark. on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • Claude Delorame Executive Vice President Ball Park Development and Sid Perkins, construction manager, ceter left to right, give the media an inside view of construction. The Marlins organization provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark. on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • The new Marlins ballpark as seen looking east from NW 7th street on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • The Marlins organization provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark. on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • One of the big screens is seen inside the stadium during the Marlins organization provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark. on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • The Marlins organization provides a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of the new Marlins Ballpark. on June 16, 2011. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • Florida Marlins President David Samson signs the last steel beam that is 38 feet long and weighs 6,845 pounds that was to be put on the retractable roof at a topping out ceremony at the new Marlins Stadium in Miami on March 25,2011. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • An iron worker secures the last steel beam that is 38 feet long and weighs 6,845 pounds onto the retractable roof at topping out ceremony at the new Marlins Stadium in Miami onMarch 25,2011. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Some of the 800 signatures on the last steel beam that is 38 feet long and weighs 6,845 pounds that will be the last one put up on the retractable roof at topping out ceremony at the new Marlins Stadium in Miami on March 25,2011. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Outfield lights cast shadows on the outfield after the topping out ceremony at the new Marlins Stadium in Miami on March 25,2011. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Outside the stadium on the west side before the last steel beam at 38 feet long and weighing 6,845 pounds will be lifted on to the retractable roof at topping out ceremony at the new Marlins Stadium in Miami on March 25,2011. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • An iron worker secures a tree to the last steel beam that is 38 feet long and weighs 6,845 pounds that will be the last beam put on the retractable roof at topping out ceremony at the new Marlins Stadium in Miami on March 25,2011.The tree topping is a 1000 year old Scandinavian tradition when a building reaches its final height. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Iron workder Adam Swindall poses in front of the last iron beam to go up on stadiumThe Florida Marlins host a topping out ceremony at the new Marlins Stadium in Miami onMarch 25,2011. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • More of the 800 signatures from construction workers,politicians and Marlins officials on the last steel beam that is 38 feet long and weighs 6,845 pounds that was to be lifted onto the retractable roof at topping out ceremony at the new Marlins Stadium in Miami on March 25,2011. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Florida Marlins President,David Samson talks to the media and crowd about the last steel beam that is 38 feet long and weighs 6,845 pounds that will be put onto the retractable roof at topping out ceremony at the new Marlins Stadium in Miami on March 25,2011. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The last steel beam that is 38 feet long and weighs 6,845 pounds is lowered onto the retractable roof at a topping out ceremony at the new Marlins Stadium in Miami on March 25, 2011. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Workers install metal panel to the retractable roof.Today was the topping out ceremony at the new Marlins Stadium in Miami on March 25,2011. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • An inside look at the retractable roof after the topping out ceremony at the new Marlins Stadium in Miami on March 25,2011.The roof when finished will weigh 7,500 tons and be composed of 11,000 pieces. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • An iron worker guides the last steel beam that is 38 feet long and weighs 6,845 pounds onto the retractable roof at topping out ceremony at the new Marlins Stadium in Miami on March 25,2011. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Babe Ruth was one of the 800 that signed the last steel beam that is 38 feet long and weighs 6,845 pounds that was to be put onto the retractable roof at topping out ceremony at the new Marlins Stadium in Miami on March 25,2011. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The sun peeks between an opening in the retractable roof after the topping out ceremony at the new Marlins Stadium in Miami on March 25,2011. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kevin McQueeney, the first Marlins season ticket holder at the new stadium, helps install his seat with team president, David Samson, left, as Jeffrey Loria, the owner of the Florida Marlins, looks on, at right. The three installed the Marlins first seat at the new Marlins Baseball Stadium, former site of the Orange Bowl on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • Construction workers attempt to catch a Florida Marlins grounder hit by Marlins Hanley Ramirez during batting practice at the new Marlins Baseball Stadium, former site of the Orange Bowl on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • Construction workers attempt to catch a Florida Marlins fly ball during Marlins batting practice at the at the new Marlins Baseball Stadium, former site of the Orange Bowl on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • Jeffrey Loria, the owner of the Florida Marlins, talks with the Marlins' Hanley Ramirez at the new Marlins Baseball Stadium, former site of the Orange Bowl on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins' Hanley Ramirez takes batting practice at the the new Marlins Baseball Stadium, former site of the Orange Bowl on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • A construction worker tosses his hard hat in an attempt to catch a Florida Marlins fly ball during Marlins batting practice at the new Marlins Baseball Stadium, former site of the Orange Bowl on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • A construction worker tosses his hard hat in an attempt to catch a Florida Marlins fly ball during Marlins batting practice at the new Marlins Baseball Stadium, former site of the Orange Bowl on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Marlins Chris Coghlan during batting practice at the new Marlins Baseball Stadium, former site of the Orange Bowl on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • Jeffrey Loria, the owner of the Florida Marlins, sits in the stadium's new seats. The Marlins installed their first seat at the new Marlins Baseball Stadium, former site of the Orange Bowl, on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins new stadium under construction as seen looking northeast from 17th avenue on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • Jeffrey Loria, the owner of the Florida Marlins, sits in the stadium's new seats.The Marlins installed their first seat at the new Marlins Baseball Stadium, former site of the Orange Bowl on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The first Marlins season ticket holder at the new stadium, Kevin McQueeney, sits in his seat as Jeffrey Loria, the owner of the Florida Marlins, at left, and team president David Samson, at right, look on. The three installed the Marlins installed the first seat at the new Marlins Baseball Stadium, former site of the Orange Bowl on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • Francis Alvez and daughter Fianna, 1, walk to their car that is parked near the site of the Florida Marlins new stadium that is under construction on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins' Hanley Ramirez signs baseballs for construction workers after batting practice at the new Marlins Baseball Stadium, former site of the Orange Bowl on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins' Hanley Ramirez practices at the new Marlins Baseball Stadium, former site of the Orange Bow,l on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins' Hamley Hernandez takes batting practice at the the new Marlins Baseball Stadium, former site of the Orange Bowl on February 15, 2011. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • A crowd of workers work on the parking garage of the Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • This is the new Marlins clubhouse at the Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins stadium after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. This is the dugout under construction. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • The Florida Marlins Ballpark after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. Marlins president David Samson talks to the media during a tour of the site. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • Surveyor John Casebolt at home plate. The Florida Marlins Ballpark after 16 months of construction and 47 percent complete on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. AL DIAZ / STAFF PHOTO

  • Sept. 20, 2010: The noon day sun shines down on the new Marlins stadium construction site in Miami. TIM CHAPMAN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sept. 10, 2010: A street produce truck drives by NW 6th Street and 16th Ave, next to the entrance of the new Marlins stadium construction site in Miami. PEDRO PORTAL / STAFF

  • Sept. 10, 2010: A construction worker works on top of a metal structure on the east side at the new Marlins stadium construction site in Miami. PEDRO PORTAL / STAFF

  • Sept. 10, 2010: Claude Delorme, Florida Marlins executive vice president of ballpark development, poses next to a billboard at the new Marlins stadium construction site in Miami. PEDRO PORTAL / STAFF

  • Sept. 10, 2010: A view from a balcony at NW 6th Street and 16th Ave of the entrance of the new Marlins stadium construction site in Miami. PEDRO PORTAL / STAFF

  • Sept. 10, 2010: A resident looks out of his apartment window as heavy equipment work on NW 15th Ave and on the North East side of the new Marlins stadium construction site in Miami. PEDRO PORTAL / STAFF

  • Sept. 10, 2010: Construction workers work on top of a metal structure at the entrance on the west side at the new Marlins stadium construction site in Miami. PEDRO PORTAL / STAFF

  • July 15, 2010: The Florida Marlins report that after one year of construction the New Marlins Ballpark is more than 35% complete, remains on-time and on-budget. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • July 15, 2010: The Florida Marlins report that after one year of construction the New Marlins Ballpark is more than 35% complete, remains on-time and on-budget. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • July 15, 2010: The Florida Marlins report that after one year of construction the New Marlins Ballpark is more than 35% complete, remains on-time and on-budget. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • July 15, 2010: The Florida Marlins report that after one year of construction the New Marlins Ballpark is more than 35% complete, remains on-time and on-budget. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • July 15, 2010: The Florida Marlins report that after one year of construction the New Marlins Ballpark is more than 35% complete, remains on-time and on-budget. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • July 15, 2010: The Florida Marlins report that after one year of construction the New Marlins Ballpark is more than 35% complete, remains on-time and on-budget. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • July 15, 2010: The Florida Marlins report that after one year of construction the New Marlins Ballpark is more than 35% complete, remains on-time and on-budget. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • July 15, 2010: The Florida Marlins report that after one year of construction the New Marlins Ballpark is more than 35% complete, remains on-time and on-budget. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • July 15, 2010: The Florida Marlins report that after one year of construction the New Marlins Ballpark is more than 35% complete, remains on-time and on-budget. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • July 15, 2010: The Florida Marlins report that after one year of construction the New Marlins Ballpark is more than 35% complete, remains on-time and on-budget. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • July 15, 2010: The Florida Marlins report that after one year of construction the New Marlins Ballpark is more than 35% complete, remains on-time and on-budget. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • July 15, 2010: The Florida Marlins report that after one year of construction the New Marlins Ballpark is more than 35% complete, remains on-time and on-budget. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • July 15, 2010: The Florida Marlins report that after one year of construction the New Marlins Ballpark is more than 35% complete, remains on-time and on-budget. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • July 15, 2010: The Florida Marlins report that after one year of construction the New Marlins Ballpark is more than 35% complete, remains on-time and on-budget. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • July 15, 2010: The Florida Marlins report that after one year of construction the New Marlins Ballpark is more than 35% complete, remains on-time and on-budget. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • June 10, 2010: Billy the Marlin checks out the seating at the new Marlins ballpark during a Thursday morning tour of the club's new 1,800 square foot sales headquarters,in Little Havana which will serve as the home of suites and season ticket sales for the new ballpark. ROBERTO KOLTUN / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • June 10, 2010: Andrew Silverman, left, VP of sales and services for the Florida Marlins shows season ticket holder Herman T. Russomanno his Diamond Club suite at the new Marlins ballpark during a Thursday morning tour of the club's new 1,800 square foot sales headquarters in Little Havana, which will serve as the home of suites and season ticket sales for the new ballpark. Russomanno also was able to check out his field-level view directly behind home plate. ROBERTO KOLTUN / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • June 10, 2010: David Samson, President of the Florida Marlins, stands in front of a rendering of the new Marlins Stadiun during a Thursday morning tour of the club's new 1,800 square foot sales headquarters in Little Havana, which will serve as the home of suites and season ticket sales for the new ballpark. ROBERTO KOLTUN / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • June 10, 2010: Billy the Marlin observes a model of the new Marlins ballpark during a Thursday morning tour of the club's new 1,800 square foot sales headquarters in Little Havana, which will serve as the home of suites and season ticket sales for the new ballpark. ROBERTO KOLTUN / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • June 10, 2010: David Samson, right, President of the Florida Marlins, observes a model of the new Marlins ballpark during a Thursday morning tour of the club's new 1,800 square foot sales headquarters in Little Havana, which will serve as the home of suites and season ticket sales for the new ballpark. ROBERTO KOLTUN / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • June 10, 2010: Billy the Marlin observes a model of the new Marlins ballpark during a Thursday morning tour of the club's new 1,800 square foot sales headquarters in Little Havana, which will serve as the home of suites and season ticket sales for the new ballpark. ROBERTO KOLTUN / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • June 10, 2010: Marlins season ticket holder Herman T. Russomanno checks out what will be his new seat at field level directly behind home plate at the Marlins' new ballpark during a Thursday morning tour of the club's new 1,800 square foot sales headquarters in Little Havana, which will serve as the home of suites and season ticket sales for the new ballpark. ROBERTO KOLTUN / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • High school students from Altanic Technical Center in Coconut Creek in the ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor program take a picture with Billy the Marlin before going on an educational tour of the site hosted by the Marlins, together with Hunt/Moss, A Joint Venture, and Baker Concrete on Saturday, May 8, 2010. ALLISON DIAZ / FREELANCE PHOTO

  • High school students in the ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor program learn about the process of lifting reinforced concrete beams into place for the new Marlins Ballpark from Tony Cotter, on right, Operations Manager with Baker Concrete, before taking an educational tour of the site hosted by the Marlins, together with Hunt/Moss, A Joint Venture, and Baker Concrete on Saturday, May 8, 2010. ALLISON DIAZ / FREELANCE PHOTO

  • Mark Mehalovich, Baker Concrete South Florida Regional Talent Coordinator, in center, explains part of the building methods and schedule for the new Marlins Ballpark that is currently 30% completed to high school students Kevin Lindgren, age 17, and Elena Chorpenning, age 16, before taking an educational tour with other students of the site hosted by the Marlins, together with Hunt/Moss, A Joint Venture, and Baker Concrete on Saturday, May 8, 2010. ALLISON DIAZ / FREELANCE PHOTO

  • Mark Mehalovich, Baker Concrete South Florida Regional Talent Coordinator, in center, explains part of the building methods and schedule for the new Marlins Ballpark that is currently 30% completed to high school students Elena Chorpenning, age 16, and Kevin Lindgren, age 17, before taking an educational tour with other students of the site hosted by the Marlins, together with Hunt/Moss, A Joint Venture, and Baker Concrete on Saturday, May 8, 2010. ALLISON DIAZ / FREELANCE PHOTO

  • Edwin Perkins, Ballpark Community Relations Manager, explains part of the building methods and schedule for the new Marlins Ballpark that is currently 30% completed to Loorysa Ulysse, age 16, from Altantic Technical Center, before taking an educational tour with other students of the site hosted by the Marlins, together with Hunt/Moss, A Joint Venture, and Baker Concrete on Saturday, May 8, 2010. ALLISON DIAZ / FREELANCE PHOTO

  • High school students in the ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor program learn about the building methods and schedule for the new Marlins Ballpark from Edwin Perkins, on right, Ballpark Community Relations Manager, before taking an educational tour of the site hosted by the Marlins, together with Hunt/Moss, A Joint Venture, and Baker Concrete on Saturday, May 8, 2010. ALLISON DIAZ / FREELANCE PHOTO

  • High school students in the ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor program learn about the process of lifting reinforced concrete beams into place for the new Marlins Ballpark from Tony Cotter, on right, Operations Manager with Baker Concrete, before taking an educational tour of the site hosted by the Marlins, together with Hunt/Moss, A Joint Venture, and Baker Concrete on Saturday, May 8, 2010. ALLISON DIAZ / FREELANCE PHOTO

  • High school students in the ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor program as well as Billy the Marlin learn about the building methods and schedule for the new Marlins Ballpark before taking an educational tour of the site hosted by the Marlins, together with Hunt/Moss, A Joint Venture, and Baker Concrete on Saturday, May 8, 2010. ALLISON DIAZ / FREELANCE PHOTO

  • March 16, 2010: The downtown Miami skyline view from the Founders Level facing east from the new Florida Marlins stadium in Little Havana. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • March 16, 2010: The Miami media gets a glimpse of the Miami Skyline from the Founders Level facing eastbound, as they tour the New Florida Marlins ballpark in Little Havana. The stadium is to be complete by March 2012. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • March 16, 2010: The Founders Level , the Legends Level and the Vista Levels, which face eastbound toward the Downtown's Miami Skyline, at the New Florida Marlins Ballpark Stadium in Little Havana. The ballpark should be complete by March 2012. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • March 16, 2010: The top "Vista Level" is the highest level of the stadium facing eastbound toward the Miami Skyline, as the Miami media tours the new Florida Marlins' Ballpark Stadium in Little Havana. The stadium is to be complete by March 2012. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • March 16, 2010: Construction crews at the Vista Level of the new Florida Marlins' stadium in Little Havana. CM GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • March 16, 2010: The Eastbound view of the Downtown Miami skyline from the Legends Level of the new Florida Marlins baseball field in Little Havana. The stadium is to be complete by March 2012. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • March 16, 2010: Construction crews work on the vista level of the new Florida Marlins' ballpark Stadium in Little Havana. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • February 17, 2010: An overhead view of the construction site for the new Marlins stadium. JORGE R. PEREZ / MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

  • January 19, 2010: Construction continues on the new ballpark for the Florida Marlins, which is scheduled to open in 2012. C.M. GUERRERO / STAFF

  • January 19, 2010: Construction continues on the new ballpark for the Florida Marlins, which is scheduled to open in 2012. C.M. GUERRERO / STAFF

  • January 19, 2010: Construction continues on the new ballpark for the Florida Marlins, which is scheduled to open in 2012. C.M. GUERRERO / STAFF

  • January 19, 2010: Construction continues on the new ballpark for the Florida Marlins, which is scheduled to open in 2012. C.M. GUERRERO / STAFF

  • October 21, 2009: A workman climbs the stairs of one of the 130 foot elliptical shaped reinforced concrete super columns that will support the 8,300 ton retractable roof structure, which is approximately the weight of the Eiffel Tower in France, on the new Marlin's Ballpark. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A worker walks through the Marlins' stadium construction site, Thursday, July 3rd. The site is being prep for the construction of the new stadium. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • John Price shows off his Marlins bandana next to the roller he operates to prep the site for the new Marlins stadium in Little Havana, on Wednesday. TIM CHAPMAN/MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • American Engineering & Development Corp. staff clear the old Orange Bowl site for the new Marlins stadium in Little Havana on Wednesday. TIM CHAPMAN/MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Construction of the new Florida Marlins Baseball Stadium has begun. CM GUERRERO / STAFF

  • Construction of the new Florida Marlins Baseball Stadium has begun. CM GUERRERO / STAFF

  • Construction of the new Florida Marlins Baseball Stadium has begun. CM GUERRERO / STAFF

  • Thousands of job applicants turned out this morning to fill out 6,500 job applications for Hunt/Moss, a joint venture company serving as construction manager for the Florida Marlin's new retractable-roofed ballpark in Miami. This is at the former Orange Bowl Stadium site on Wednesday July 8, 2009. Here, Milton Melendez Reynaldo, Sergio Farinas and Manuel Iglesias fill out the applications. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Thousands of job applicants turned out this morning to fill out 6,500 job applications for Hunt/Moss, a joint venture company serving as construction manager for the Florida Marlin's new retractable-roofed ballpark in Miami. This is at the former Orange Bowl Stadium site on Wednesday July 8, 2009. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Thousands of job applicants turned out this morning to fill out 6,500 job applications for Hunt/Moss, a joint venture company serving as construction manager for the Florida Marlin's new retractable-roofed ballpark in Miami. This is at the former Orange Bowl Stadium site on Wednesday July 8, 2009. Here, Loida Garcia receives an application from Francisco Matamoros, at left. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Thousands of job applicants turned out this morning to fill out 6,500 job applications for Hunt/Moss, a joint venture company serving as construction manager for the Florida Marlin's new retractable-roofed ballpark in Miami. This is at the former Orange Bowl Stadium site on Wednesday July 8, 2009. Federico Blanco fills out an application on the back of Franklin Weelock. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Thousands of job applicants turned out this morning to fill out 6,500 job applications for Hunt/Moss, a joint venture company serving as construction manager for the Florida Marlin's new retractable-roofed ballpark in Miami. This is at the former Orange Bowl Stadium site on Wednesday July 8, 2009. At left is Francisco Lopez turning in his filled out application top Michelle Daniels, a Hunt/Moss employee. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Thousands of job applicants turned out this morning to fill out 6,500 job applications for Hunt/Moss, a joint venture company serving as construction manager for the Florida Marlin's new retractable-roofed ballpark in Miami. This is at the former Orange Bowl Stadium site on Wednesday July 8, 2009. Here, Francisco Matamoros, at right and Brandon Herman wearing hard hat at left, handout applications. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Thousands of job applicants turned out this morning to fill out 6,500 job applications for Hunt/Moss, a joint venture company serving as construction manager for the Florida Marlin's new retractable-roofed ballpark in Miami. This is at the former Orange Bowl Stadium site on Wednesday July 8, 2009. Here, Brandon Herman, at left, hands out applications. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A young girl performs the national anthem prior to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Florida Marlins baseball team's new stadium on Saturday, in Miami, Florida. The park is scheduled to open in 2012 and the team intends to change its name to the Miami Marlins prior to the completion of the ballpark. MARC SEROTA/GETTY IMAGES

  • Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, center; and a host of dignitaries -- including baseball bigwigs and other Miami-Dade County and City of Miami dignitaries -- raise their shovels at the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony. The event was Saturday at the future stadium's site, 1501 NW Third St., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Yanet Labrada, left; husband Enrique Vera; their children Ryan Vera, 5; and Matthew Vera, 4; and Enrique's mom Nelsa Grillo set out for bleacher seats to watch the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday. The family lives in Hialeah Gardens. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A Florida Marlins fan shows his support of the sport during the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Charlie Hough, left; and Benito Santiago acknowledge cheering fans Saturday at the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony. Hough threw the ceremonial first pitch. Santiago, the franchise's first "battery," caught it. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Florida Marlins fans sport an assortment of Marlins hats and shirts during the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Florida Marlins President David Samson, center left; shares an animated talk with Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. ("Bud") Selig, center right, during the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday. Miami-Dade County Manager George Burgess is at left; Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is at right. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Charlie Hough throws the ceremonial first pitch, to be caught by Benito Santiago, the first "battery" in baseball history, on Saturday at the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Florida Marlins fans show their team spirit during the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Evan Scheck, 5, of North Miami Beach, goes high to catch a pitch from his dad, Steven Scheck, at the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday. "He's loved baseball since birth," Steven Scheck. "He goes to all the games." MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A throng of Florida Marlins supporters nearly blocks the view of the first dirt shoveling during the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • This is the view of the field at which the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony was Saturday. Dignitaries speaking at the ceremony, open to fans, likened the site to a field of dreams that will become reality on Opening Day 2012. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF