Miami Marine Stadium
24 Aug 2010
One of my favorite types of shooting is urban abandoned structures. Miami Marine Stadium falls right into that category. It an amazing structure that comes up against the water on the inter-coastal between Miami and Key Biscayne. The curves and ramps mixed with always changing graffiti art keeps every visit fresh.
Completed in 1964 Miami Marine Stadium was designed by Hilario Candela of Cuban decent. The almost 7000 seat grand stand was poured entirely in concrete. It consists of a cantilevered folded-plate roof supported by eight big slanted columns anchored in the the ground. Miami Marine was a host venue for many international powerboat races. The last race that was run, at the stadium, was the 1987 Inboard Hydroplane National Championship.
Using a floating stage Miami Marine also hosted many other events such as concerts and Easter Sunrise Services.
Miami Marine stadium was damaged in 1992 by Hurricane Andrew. Since then several organizations including the Friends of Miami Marine have strived to have the stadium restored.