Miami Marine Stadium Now in Friend’s Hands

Yesterday the Miami City Commission voted to give Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium control of the entire Stadium site, parking lots included, so that the non-profit organization can work up a plan to renovate, expand and re-open the grafitti-covered MiMo landmark.

Pop idol Gloria Estefan helped convince commissioners, speaking by way of a prerecorded video.

Andres Viglucci’s Miami Herald story has the details; we’ve got a fun clip from the Stadium’s opening night, December 27, 1963. First up: The Goodyear Blimp, hyping the Stadium’s status as the first marine stadium in the U.S.. The clip also includes footage of Mayor Robert King High and dignitaries on their barge (the original plan had them arriving in swan boats, but choppy waters nixed that), a scene from Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, performed (on a floating barge) by the Miami Opera Guild, a glimpse of the stylishly turned out opening night crowd (actually sitting in the Stadium and not floating around in Biscayne Bay) and a bit of appropriately nautical entertainment.

– Kevin Wynn

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