With no real news on the state of ballpark negotiations, the Marlins announced today they have launched a new Web site dedicated to news of the ballpark.
In all seriousness, they did launch marlinsnewballpark.com, “the official site of the Marlins ballpark,” complete with details about the planned $515 million stadium, how it will be financed, the history of the Orange Bowl, economic details, and background about the venue's architect, HOK. There’s a news section, commentary, even a section where fans can print their own signs of support for the ballpark.
And there’s a section for photos… Alas, under the section titled “renderings,” the site says "Coming Soon" in English and "Under Construction" in Spanish. There’s also a Spanish version of the ballpark Web site here.
The team said the idea for the site came from fan research. In a statement, Marlins President David Samson called it a "one-stop shop for ballpark information."
It's still possible the agreements spelling out the details of the ballpark's financing, construction management, non-relocation and other items could be presented to Miami-Dade County and Miami city commissioners in December, but it's more likely they'll be made available in January with a vote scheduled sometime that month.