On Saturday, the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium took over the Stadium to show their support for the restoration efforts. The event marked the kick-off to the three month long exhibit, “Concrete Paradise: The Miami Marine Stadium,” at the Coral Gables Museum.
Built in 1963, the Miami Marine Stadium is recognized today as an architectural marvel, with the largest span of cantilevered concrete in the world. The stadium hosted many world-class powerboat events. With a floating stage, the stadium would become host in later years to different events ranging from boxing matches to music concerts.
In 1992, after Hurricane Andrew, the Stadium was declared an unsafe building under Miami-Dade County building code and shuttered by the City of Miami. An engineering study demonstrated it was sound and not damaged by the hurricane but it was closed to the public, nonetheless. In ensuing years, the Stadium has become a haven for vandals, graffiti artists and taggers while politicians and developers have lobbied to demolish the Stadium.
Miami Marine Stadium was recognized as an architectural masterpiece by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Worlds Monuments Fund named the Marine Stadium to its 2010 Watch List of significant endangered sites.
The goal of Friends of Miami Marine Stadium to work with the city and community at large to restore and return to operation of Miami Marine Stadium.