The second leg of our Baseball by the Beach tour heads to the exciting city of Miami to see the much improved Marlins take on the Washington Nationals for three games in their amazing new stadium, Marlins Park. This 37,000 seat retractable-roof stadium opened in 2012 to rave reviews from fans and from the design community alike. It has won over 24 awards from the excellence of the craftsmanship to its energy efficiency. It is also one of the most colorful parks in the majors as they used bright greens for the outfield walls and navy blue for the seats and then when you add the bright orange uniforms, it is like looking through a kaleidoscope. The retractable roof weighs over 19 million tons and takes 13 minutes to fully close. The roof consists of three panels that can be operated simultaneously or independently to provide fans and players partial shading. A prodigious engineering feat to say the least.
Since it was built on the site of the former Miami Orange Bowl there is commemorative marker honoring the venerable stadium where so many historic games, including the the Jets upset over the Colts in Super Bowl III, had been played. Also, like PNC Park in Pittsburgh, there is a great view of the Miami skyline seen through the glass panels in left field. Their concessions reflect the locale of south Florida by offering such Latin favorites as Cuban and media noche sandwiches , empanadas , tamales and other delicious Latin fare.
Now it appears the Marlins have put together a team that is fitting its beautiful new home. They locked up arguably the best hitter in the game, outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a long term deal. Recently acquired Dee Gordon, Michael Morse and Martin Prado give the fish one of the better infields in the league. They also added future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki for outfield depth. It now appears they are poised to make a run at the defending division champion Nationals. But the Nats also strengthened themselves this winner by adding the prize of this years off season, Max Scherzer to already the best starting staff in baseball. So this three game series will be an early indicator of the success of the Marlins off season moves.
When you travel with America’s Pastime Tours you not only get great lower level seats, luxury downtown accommodations near the ballpark and breakfast every morning, you get to spend time in the cities we visit and instead of spending half your vacation inside a bus. With Miami being one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world to explore our Baseball by the Beach tour is perfect for any fan who likes to mix sightseeing with baseball. We get two full days to explore Miami’s treasures like the beautiful South Beach where you can thaw out from the north’s long winter. Also there is not a better place to people watch. It also has an incredible night to take in after the game. If nightlife is not what your looking for there are many other attractions to take in. From air-boat tours of the Everglades, bus and boat tours of the city to see the wonderful art deco architecture, the Little Havana district and other major Miami sights. Whatever you decide to do before or after the game we can make any or all arrangements.
Our last blog discussed the first leg of this tour, 2 days in St. Pete and 2 games between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Rays. So in total you get premium tickets to 5 games in two wonderful and warm Florida cities and 5 nights spent in luxury hotels. Breakfast every day and transportation to and from each game are also included. So book today or if you have any questions just fill out the contact info found by hitting the “Ask Charlie” button or by calling 888.962.4467. Start you season off right by traveling with America’s Pastime Tours and have a baseball vacation you will always remember.