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Marlins Stadium Woes Continue; Will Move to Roman Coliseum in 2011

Hanley Ramirez

Roman from Park to Park. Florida Marlins All-Star Shortstop Hanley Ramirez says he’s geared up for his Italian debut.

MIAMI, FL (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) As the Florida Marlins still work out a myriad of loose ends to get construction going on their proposed new “baseball only” park, the lease at Dolphins Stadium runs out soon.
Today the Marlins announced they will not be ready to play at their new facility by 2011. Therefore beginning in April of that season, plans are in motion to play at the Coliseum in Rome, Italy.
Formerly known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Coliseum has played host to a variety of sporting events including the deaths of over 500,000 people and a million animals.
“The place has a history,” said Marlins President David Samson. “To my knowledge no baseball game has ever been played there, but when you think of all the rock ’em sock ’em action that’s gone particularly around 100 AD, I’ll bet you credits to navy beans we can match the energy.”
Naming rights are still being worked out. Until then, the park will be called Marlins Park at the Roman Coliseum. Possibilities include South Florida-Italian naming alliances like Publix Supermarkets-Cizano Park at the Roman Coliseum, American Airlines-Barilla Pasta Stadium, and Burger King-Pope Park.
“That’s the least of our worries right now,” added Samson. “We have to remove tons of rock, iron and bones from the area where the field is going to be. We’re also going to have to figure something out with the dimensions. Right now leftfield has a short porch of about 162 feet. Hell, I can jack one out of there.”
Another issue is how season ticket holders have reacted to the announcement.
“Well, I don’t see making more than three or four games in 2011,” said Pompano Beach resident Dan Bertrand. “Plus, Rome isn’t really a hot dog and beer culture. To be quite frank, I’m not looking forward to trying to keep score while balancing a plate of Costolette d'agnello alla Calabrese on my knee.”

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