• Major Bond Initiative to Fund Restoration of Miami Marine Stadium Passes

    November 17, 2016

    Miami Marine Stadium

    photo by: Diana Larrea

    We are thrilled to announce some very exciting news: today the Miami City Commission approved $45 million in special obligation bonds that will be dedicated to the restoration of Miami Marine Stadium, as well as other projects and improvements on its surrounding site.

    In a 3 to 0 vote, the commission supported bringing the stadium – shuttered since Hurricane Andrew in 1992 – back to life as a vibrant cultural and entertainment venue.

    In testimony provided to the commission, Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, said:

    Chartered by Congress in 1949, the National Trust has over 65 years of experience preserving historic places across the United States. So we know firsthand that preservation is rarely straightforward; it is hard work that requires vision, patience, and creativity. We also know that it takes time.

    That is why we founded our flagship program, National Treasures – a portfolio of iconic buildings, landscapes, and communities across the country. All are integral to the story of America, and all face unique challenges that can be difficult to resolve. That is why for each National Treasure, we make a deep, long-term commitment to find a preservation solution that will stand the test of time.

    When we named Miami Marine Stadium a National Treasure in 2012, our goal was to ensure that future generations will be able to experience this remarkable place – one that captures the spirit of South Florida like no other structure. That is why we are so happy to see Resolution 12 on today’s agenda, as it represents the critical financial commitment needed to bring the stadium back to life as the focal point of Virginia Key.

    As you know, we recently completed a successful crowdfunding campaign in partnership with Heineken USA to raise $110,000 in grassroots restoration funding from nearly 800 small-dollar local donors. Additionally, since last year’s Boat Show, we have collected over 4,000 petition signatures from stadium supporters who hope this unique structure will soon undergo the stunning reinvention we all envision.

    It is my belief that both of these endeavors indicate that public support for this project is not only strong, but growing.

    As you discuss how the City of Miami will usher the stadium into its next chapter, please know that the National Trust’s commitment remains unchanged. We fully support the resolution before you today and stand ready to work with you to make this restoration a reality.

    Please stay tuned for more exciting updates as this project progresses!

  • Heineken® Launches "Save Your Seat" Crowdfunding Campaign to Support Restoration of Miami Marine Stadium

    July 7, 2016

    Brewer Partners With National Trust for Historic Preservation, City of Miami, and Indiegogo to Support Renovation of One of America's Most Legendary Venues; Heineken Debuts Crowdfunding Campaign, Offering $20,000 in Matching Funds and "Save Your Seat" Incentive to Spark Widespread Support

    Miami Marine Stadium was once among America's most iconic destinations, hosting on-the-water performances from legendary acts like the Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys. The stadium has gone unused for years, and now, Heineken is launching a unique campaign to help restore this crucial piece of Miami culture for generations to come.

    Heineken, the beer that's enjoyed in the most cities around the world, is supporting the restoration of Miami Marine Stadium as part of its "Cities" campaign, which aims to make great urban areas even greater. Heineken -- in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the City of Miami, and Indiegogo -- is launching a crowdfunding campaign that will propel the stadium's restoration to its next phase.

    The Indiegogo campaign can be found at igg.me/at/marinestadium. To make the greatest impact, Heineken is investing marketing resources to promote the campaign and matching up to the first $20,000 that is contributed within the first two weeks. Heineken is also rewarding unique perks to contributors; in fact, Heineken's #SaveYourSeat program will award select donors with actual seats that are being removed from the stadium to make way for renovation.

    "For many years, Miamians have shown an incredible passion and strong desire to restore Miami Marine Stadium, and that's why it's a perfect fit for the Heineken Cities campaign," said Ralph Rijks, senior vice president of marketing, Heineken USA. "We're supporting amazing projects across the country in an effort to make great cities like Miami even greater. By creating a movement in South Florida and beyond, we hope to reenergize the effort to bring the stadium back to life and ready for future generations to enjoy."

    A massive concrete structure featuring more than 6,500 seats, Miami Marine Stadium was constructed in 1963 and is considered a monumental achievement in civic architecture and modern construction. Uniquely situated on the edge of Biscayne Bay, it hosted events ranging from high-speed boat races, to concerts featuring the biggest names in music. But since 1992, when Hurricane Andrew greatly affected Miami, the stadium has been abandoned, save for the graffiti artists who have transformed it into their canvas.

    "Miami Marine Stadium is one of South Florida's most distinctive landmarks, emblematic of Miami's rich culture, diverse history and strong relationship to the water," said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a longtime advocate for the stadium's restoration. "So we are delighted to partner with Heineken and Indiegogo on the 'Save Your Seat' campaign. This is a chance for everyone to get involved -- through donations large and small -- to contribute to the next phase of the stadium's future and to help save a place that matters."

    In addition to creating the Indiegogo campaign and providing $20,000 in matching funds, Heineken is planning on-the-water events, retail activations, and a concert that will help raise awareness of the Miami Marine Stadium project.

    Heineken's support of the stadium is part of its larger Cities campaign, which has also been seeking out innovative projects and ideas for improving other key U.S. cities. The company will soon create additional Indiegogo campaigns for selected projects, to be released later this year.


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  • Launching Soon: An Awesome Way to Help Restore Miami Marine Stadium (With Heineken's Help)

    June 24, 2016

    Join the National Trust for Historic Preservation—along with our proud sponsor, Heineken USA—as we set our sights on restoring one of South Florida’s most iconic structures: Miami Marine Stadium.

    Our mission? Bring back this Modernist icon as a fully functioning, state-of-the-art outdoor music and events venue so that visitors from near and far can enjoy it once again. And it all starts with you!

    With your contributions to our upcoming Indiegogo campaign (set to launch soon), we will be able to jumpstart the overhaul the stadium needs and deserves. Plus, when you donate to our restoration fund, you will receive some super cool limited-edition swag in return.

    Intrigued? Great. Stay tuned for more info in the coming days!

  • Deal near to bring Miami International Boat Show to Marine Stadium

    January 8, 2015

    Excerpted from Miami Herald:

    Miami officials are expected to vote today on a plan to spend millions on improvements to land next to the historic Miami Marine Stadium in order to lure the Miami International Boat Show to Virginia Key next year. “We’re just really excited about the opportunity and we’re really excited about what we’re going to learn in 2016 and ’17, and possibly beyond,” said boat show manager Cathy Rick-Joule. “I see that this will continue to be a part of the Miami International Boat Show in the foreseeable future.”

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  • Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Names Miami Marine Stadium as a New Home for 2016, 2017, Paving the Way for Stadium Restoration to Begin in Earnest

    November 13, 2014

    The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and Friends of Miami Marine Stadium today announced a win-win agreement that will provide ideal accommodations for the world’s largest boat show while paving the way for the restoration of Miami Marine Stadium– a long-shuttered masterpiece of modern architecture that in 2009 was declared one of America’s most endangered historic places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

    At a press event held this morning at Miami Marine Stadium, representatives from the Miami International Boat Show announced that they have committed to hosting the boat show in 2016 and 2017 at the stadium and its grounds while exploring it as a long-term home. The announcement follows months of speculation over the boat show’s future in the city due to the renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center, which is slated to begin in 2016.

    The first confirmed reuse of Miami Marine Stadium and its grounds since their closure in 1992, the agreement with the Miami International Boat Show allows the restoration of the stadium to begin in earnest.

    “In 2016, the Miami International Boat Show will celebrate its 75th year in Miami. What better way to commemorate the significance of this historic annual tradition than by bringing the show to Miami Marine Stadium – one of Miami’s most iconic and beloved marine venues,” said Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which owns and produces the show. “With unique features to accommodate the more than 100,000 boaters who travel from throughout the globe to experience the best the boating industry has to offer, Miami Marine Stadium could be poised to be a home for the boat show in 2016 and beyond.”

    “The Miami International Boat Show is the premier event of its kind in the country and a significant economic force in Miami, drawing thousands of local residents as well as tourists from around the world,” said Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado. “And Miami Marine Stadium is a beloved place that holds special memories for generations of Miamians. By bringing these two together, this agreement ensures that both of these important institutions are on the path to a bright future here in Miami.”

    “This is the kind of agreement that the National Trust has envisioned since we named Miami Marine Stadium to our annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2009,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Having the Miami International Boat Show as the first confirmed reuse of the stadium in almost a quarter century hastens the day when Miamians will once again be able to come together in this iconic National Treasure.”

    “All of us who love Miami Marine Stadium have waited a long time for this day,” said Hilario Candela, the Cuban American architect who designed the stadium when he was 27 years old. “Not only do we finally have a tenant at the stadium, but the fact that it will be a new home of the Miami International Boat Show is especially appropriate. The stadium was envisioned as a center for boating and a gathering place for people who love boats. To have it now return to embrace its original use is symbolic and especially gratifying.”

    Gloria Estefan, a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation who has served as the “Voice of Miami Marine Stadium” and single-handedly elevated the campaign to restore it to an international audience of millions, made the announcement at this morning’s event.

    “I have wonderful memories of performing at Miami Marine Stadium and of attending the Miami International Boat Show. To have both, together in one place, is a perfect match,” said Estefan. “For people in Miami, boating is in our DNA. I look forward to the day when the stadium is once again filled with people coming together to create long-lasting memories of their own.”

    Joining his wife at the event, Miami-Dade Special Ambassador Emilio Estefan added: "Having the opportunity to host the world-renowned Miami International Boat Show at Miami Marine Stadium is a winning situation for both the stadium and the City of Miami. The Miami International Boat Show is one of our city’s premier events that so positively impacts our residents, hotels, restaurants, taxi drivers, and all areas of business. Congratulations to Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Mayor Tomás Regalado for this exciting announcement."

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