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Video of Miami Marine Stadium before it goes through renovations

April 07, 2010 By Carlos Miller in  | 7 Comments

For 18 years, the Miami Marine Stadium in Key Biscayne has remained abandoned, prone to graffiti artists, vandals, trespassers, homeless people, curiosity seekers and thrill seekers.

And, of course, photographers.

That is, when a security guard is not present to chase us away.

And that was the case a few weeks ago when a group of my photographer friends swarmed the stadium in search of photos.

We climbed on the roof, avoided the pot-holes and photographed the graffiti, knowing we were capturing a brief moment in history.

After all, it shouldn’t be long before they start renovating the stadium. At least that’s the plan.

On Tuesday, the Miami-Dade Commission passed a resolution to provide $3 million to preserve the stadium, which was abandoned after Hurricane Andrew turned the county upside down in 1992.

We tried contacting Becky Roper Mackov of the Friends of Marine Stadium, an organization that has been trying to save the stadium, for details but she wouldn’t answer her phone Tuesday night.

So we’ll just link you to the story on CBS4, which at this time, is the only mainstream media covering the decision.

It’s a fascinating place and even though it’s technically off-limits to the public, the gates were wide-open when we showed up a few Saturdays ago.

It’s not like our tax-dollars haven’t been paying that security guard anyway, not that anything has been done to the stadium, as you will see in the above video.

Built in 1963, the 6,566-capacity stadium was designed by Hilario Candela, then a 28-year-old Cuban immigrant.

In 1971, during a Sammy Davis Jr. show, president Richard Nixon – who owned a home in Key Biscayne – walked onstage and hugged the singer.

Since then, it has hosted hundreds of power boat races, boxing matches and concerts, including a Jimmy Buffet concert in 1985.

Buffet, in fact, is one of the supporters of the save the stadium effort. So let’s not be surprised if the name of the stadium gets changed to Land Shark Marine Stadium.


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Carlos Miller is a featured writer at Miami Beach 411. He also operates Photography is Not a Crime, a blog about photographer rights, New Media and First Amendment issues.

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7 Comments on

"Video of Miami Marine Stadium before it goes through renovations"

Gus says:

Cool video! Odd choice of music.

I saw an episode of Jackass where Steve-O was skateboarding on the roof of the Marine Stadium.

Posted on 04/08/2010 at 10:08 AM

Carlos Miller says:


I’m not a skateboarder but when I was up there, I was thinking it would be a great place to skateboard if you’re into that.

I chose the song because the place is an old Florida relic and who else represents that better than Buffet?

And I didn’t want to go with the cliched Margaritaville and the other songs just didn’t fit it.

This song has a comedy aspect to it as does sneaking into the stadium with a group of photogs.

Posted on 04/08/2010 at 4:18 PM

Brad Schenck says:

Nice vid Carlos. I love images of that place. When I heard the music I definitely imagined late night journeys into there.

Posted on 04/27/2010 at 4:36 PM

alba says:

they should not fix it they should leave it as it looks cool like that and it add history..if they fixed it ..idk it would just look boring and like every other stadium

Posted on 01/22/2011 at 10:34 PM

eduardo says:

hey cool video, can you tell me how to get there?

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 11:21 PM

Gus says:

Eduardo, go 95 South, exit Key Biscayne, just after the big bridge, before you get to Seaquarium, the old Marine Stadium will be on the left, across the street from Hobie Beach. You can also see an awesome view of the stadium from a boat.

Posted on 04/22/2011 at 6:51 AM

Victor says:

Great to see that many others have taken an interest in the Miami Marine Stadium.

I took my own photos and made a video of my own as well. 

I hope that someone else enjoys viewing them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Posted on 08/25/2011 at 10:56 AM

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