Fenway Park, in Boston, is a living part of the neighborhood from which the venue takes its name. The surrounding streets bubble over with fans drawn to shops, bars and restaurants. Within the ballpark’s intimate walls, microcosmic communities bustle, from the bleachers to the grandstands,
from concourses and decks to private suites and clubs.
Above all else, two truths predominate: The ballpark belongs to the community, and the Fenway Park name is not for sale.
Marlins Park, born on the grave of our community landmark, the old Orange Bowl, waits for a proper name to honor its hallowed ground, along with much-needed urban renewal. Tradition shouts for “Orange Bowl Park.” Was our more than $350 million contribution not enough for that to happen? And how long will it be before we can proudly celebrate our downtown baseball stadium with shops, bars and restaurants as we smoothly and quickly travel home?
Ed Bertolini, Miami Gardens