Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Marlins appear to cave in to OB site

The Associated Press is reporting that the Marlins and MLB have finally come to the realization that if a new ballpark is going to be built, that it's going to be on the property that the Orange Bowl currently sits on.
"In terms of the county and the city, that's the only site that's on the table right now," Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, said Tuesday. "And while we believe that the downtown site had a lot of attractive features, including egress and access, given the exodus of the University of Miami from the Orange Bowl to Dolphin Stadium, the Orange Bowl site is the site that's under consideration at the moment."
I'm a big believer in the old adage that you can't look a gift horse in the mouth. As I pointed out in a previous post:
I think that the Orange Bowl site probably causes the least amount of headaches for the powers that be. Controlling parking and the related revenues is a big deal. Also finding other public land to build the Childrens Courthouse is a big deal. If the Orange Bowl is torn down, money that was earmarked for its renovation would become available for the ballpark project. So I can see why the commissioners like the OB site.
Sometimes you have to compromise. If we want to see baseball stay in South Florida, we have to be willing to accept some things that wouldn't be our first choice. I don't think the OB site is half as bad critics claim.

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