Going ‘Green’ at the New Marlins’ Ballpark

by Greg Pollowitz

There’s a brand new, LEED certified, baseball stadium here in Miami. And one way the stadium earned the “green” LEED status was through bicycle parking:

It’s no secret parking is at a premium at the ballpark. Options include buying a spot in advance, lucking out at a nearby Walgreens for more than $30 a spot or taking public transportation. Or you could always go old-school and haul out the bike. As part of its quest to earn LEED certification as a green facility, the park can accommodate as many as 1,900 bicycles, both out in the elements and inside the four-wheel lots.

I’ll go to a game later this year and report on how the bicycle parking is working out. My gut says it’s just a gimmick to get the LEED certificate. And after counting the bikes, I’m hitting the pool-bar to watch the game:

Bringing a South Beach party vibe to baseball, the Clevelander at Marlins Park transports its Ocean Drive atmosphere to left field on the Field Level. Tickets starting at $50, depending on the game, get you a seat to watch the game and access to the swimming pool. Standing-room-only tickets will also be available at the box office on game day (though not on opening day) and should eventually be sold online. Admission is free once games are over. The menu includes tater tachos — think nachos, but with tater tots — and beer-poached bratwurst.

Does beer-poached bratwurst help the environment? I vote yes.

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