It took over a decade and efforts by three separate ownership groups, but today, the Florida Marlins finally broke ground on a new baseball-only stadium on the former site of the Orange Bowl in Little Havana.
The image above, taken from the Marlins New Ballpark webcam located on the roof of the Robert King High Towers Building shows the festivities.
The facility will have a seating capacity of approximately 37,000 seats, a retractable roof, will be air-conditioned and sit on a parcel of 928,000 square feet on the former Orange Bowl site.
The cost is set at $640 million, but with interest over the life of the bonds (40 years) the total cost will come to $2.4 billion.
The ballpark is set to be unveiled on Opening Day in April 2012.
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Proposed Miami Marlins Stadium
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