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Marlins Park Mayhem and "Owlcatraz": A Stadium Journey Update

By Steve DiMatteo -- February 22, 2013 12:55 PM EST

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Here it is - my inaugural jump into the Stadium Journey fray. As a fellow lover of all things stadium-related, it seemed only fitting that I would eventually begin my own journey with this site and publication. It's great to be here.

For starters, one of the bigger stadium stories continues to be the situation involving the Miami Marlins' new stadium, Marlins Park, which cost $347 million in taxpayer money. As it turns out, people aren't too happy about ponying up that kind of cash only to see owner Jeffrey Loria dismantle the team and - once again - turn it into a nightmare.

This article is a good look at the potential future of sports stadium subsidies in the wake of the Marlins' recent debacle. My only problem is that it mentions a "recent decline in fan interest in Marlins baseball." It's hard to have a decline in interest when there wasn't any interest to begin with.

The perpetual apathy in that team is further saddened by the monstrosity that now sits in center field.

And now for some more stadium news:

- Penn State and Syracuse will be kicking off their 2013 college football seasons at MetLife Stadium.

- Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium is getting a 48.2-foot tall, 108.2-foot wide LED screen next season.

- "Owlcatraz" was just too beautiful a name to ever truly exist.

- The Tampa Bay Rays are a team in desperate need for a new stadium; could they have a potential site?

- It looks like the process for getting a new Falcons stadium in Atlanta is going to be a complicated one.

- A new ticket policy is being put in place for Kent State's Schoonover Stadium this year.

- Orlando is inching closer to winning a new MLS franchise, thanks to a tax break for a new stadium.

- Oh look, the NFL wants to be more proactive in making sure playing surfaces are safe for players.

- The University of Cincinnati is spending $70 million on renovations to Nippert Stadium so they can be invited to the ACC.

- With the Charlotte Knights moving uptown in 2014, a group of investors would like to turn their old stadium into a short-track raceway.

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