The Miami Marine Stadium is a marine stadium on Virginia Key, Miami, Florida, The facility, built and completed in 1963 is the first stadium built for powerboat racing in the United States.
The 6,566 seat stadium was built in 1963 at a cost of around $2 million. A speed boat racer, James Tapp, was killed on opening day. The venue, located just south of downtown Miami was revered for its scenic views of downtown and Miami Beach.
For nearly 30 years, the stadium was used for its intended water sports as well as concerts, sporting events such as boxing, which began in 1972.
In the wake of Hurricane Andrew it was declared an unsafe building under Miami-Dade County building code on September 18, 1992. In 2004, $3,000,000 was pledged in a municipal bonds by county residents for the restoration and renovation of the facilities.
Since its condemnation in 1992, the stadium has become a haven for graffiti artists, but remains an attraction for its photographic panoramic view of the central business districts and barrier islands of Miami.
On April 28, 2009 the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the Commodore Ralph Middleton Munroe Marine Stadium to its list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
On April 18, 2012, the American Institute of Architects's Florida Chapter placed the stadium on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places as the Ralph Middleton Munroe Miami Marine Stadium.
The Miami Marine Stadium as it looks today. It is difficult to find any spot that hasn't been tagged by graffiti artists, but the location still offers spectacular views of downtown Miami.