For those interested in seeing a restored Miami Marine Stadium, the Miami International Boat Show’s move to Marine Stadium Park on Virginia Key is the best thing that could possibly happen. The boat show can be the catalyst that finally leads to the restoration of the stadium.
Thousands will have the opportunity to view the iconic stadium during the boat show that’s scheduled for Feb. 11-15 for the first time since it was shuttered, but not damaged, after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Dade Heritage Trust will staff an information booth at the Boat Show where attendees can learn more about the Marine Stadium and sign a petition promoting its restoration. The message of the petition: In 2016, the city of Miami must finally make revitalization of the Marine Stadium a priority.
Even in its current condition, the stadium will lend magic to the boat show. We expect attendees will have two reactions: If you have been to the Marine Stadium before, you will remember the wonderful events such as concerts featuring performers such as Jimmy Buffet and Ray Charles, world-class boat races, and Easter Sunrise Services. If you have never seen it, you will be awed imagining the possibilities. Our mission: The Miami Marine Stadium will once again become one of the truly great open air amphitheaters in the world.
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What is particularly exciting is that attendees will have the opportunity to see a rarely seen view of the stadium — the spectacular view from the water side.
While boating enthusiasts will enjoy the new home of the 75-year-old boat show, they should also know that they are kick-starting revitalization of the iconic Marine Stadium and helping to ensure its preservation for future enthusiasts.
To find out more and voice support, go to the web address:
Don Worth, co-founder, Restore Marine Stadium, Miami Beach