With a new name and an almost complete, spankin’ new stadium, Miami Marlins Park is welcoming fans on Saturday for its very first FanFest.
The free event, running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., features meet-and-greets with all the baseball players, live music, games and family activities. Ticketholders can pick seats for the season during FanFest, and parking in the garages for the day is $5 per vehicle.
Owned by the county, the $515 million stadium sits on 17 acres of the demolished Orange Bowl’s former 42-acre site. Fit with a retractable roof to shield more than 37,000 fans from the elements, it’s also outfitted with natural grass on the field (check out photos of workers laying the sod -- and fish swimming in the new aquarium backstop above).
The festivities don't stop Saturday. For the April 4 season opener against the St. Louis Cardinals, 19-time Grammy Award Emilio Estefan will produce the entertainment, including a new version of the song “Marlins Tonight” that he'll write just for the occasion.
Most importantly, though, having Estefan means not repeating the questionable team song stylings of Scott Stapp from 2010. View(ah!) the Creed-iest baseball song(ah!) of all time(ah!), and thank goodness for Miami Sound Machine.