Miami Marine Stadium

photo by: Rick Bravo

11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Miami Marine Stadium

  • Constructed: 1963
  • Architect: Hilario Candela
  • Location: Miami, Florida

During its heyday, powerboat races, Easter sunrise services, and concerts under the stars all drew thousands to Miami Marine Stadium. Hundreds of boats would surround the floating stage to enjoy the festivities. The experience was authentic Miami—there was nothing else like it, anywhere.

The 6,566-seat stadium was designed by 27-year-old, Cuban-born architect Hilario Candela. When it was poured in 1963, its 326-foot, fold-plate roof was the longest span of cantilevered concrete on earth. It is a masterwork of civic architecture and modern construction.

The stadium was used for the backdrop for the 1967 Elvis Presley movie Clambake.


The stadium has been shut off from the Miami entertainment scene for more than 20 years. Its abandonment has led to significant deterioration, environmental damage, and extensive graffiti.

Our Response

The National Trust joined forces with Friends of Miami Marine Stadium in 2008 to save and restore this iconic structure. In 2009, the Trust funded an engineering study of the stadium and included it on its 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list. In early 2012, the city of Miami, the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, and the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority agreed on a business plan that will restore this National Treasure as a popular entertainment venue. We are currently working to raise funds for its restoration.

In addition to our efforts to revive the stadium, the Trust has used social media, national media, and special events to draw the community back to the structure. Most people only experience the overgrown, fenced-off site from a distance. Our events allow Miamians to experience the stadium from different perspectives, building public will to put the building back into good use.


Restore a premier entertainment venue on the shore of Biscayne Bay.

Announcing the 2024 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

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