Marlins open full ballpark for Yankees game Sunday

Game nearly sold out

By Carlos Suarez - Anchor/Reporter

MIAMI - The Miami Marlins opened their new ballpark for the first MLB exhibition game Sunday against the New York Yankees

Local 10 got exclusive access to the new Marlins Park ahead of Sunday afternoon's game

PHOTOS: Marlins Park opens for first game

Local 10's Carlos Suarez was on the field as maintenance crews performed some last minute touch-ups. We also watched as the park's brand new HD screen was turned on for the very first time as players warmed up on the field.

Marlins Park is one of the smallest venues in Major League Baseball. The venue has 37,000 seats and cost more than half a billion dollars to build. Construction at the old site of the Orange Bowl began in 2009.

The ballpark's retractable roof is open for Sunday's game, but officials with the team say its ready to be closed if needed.
Some of the other big features fans have been waiting to see: the home run statue, the fish tank behind home plate, the new Marlins players including shortstop Jose Reyes and of course new coach Ozzie Guillen.

On Friday, the ballpark unveiled the food featured at the concession stands and it definitely has a Miami flare.

The Marlins face the Yankees at 1 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. on Monday.

Opening day is Wednesday, April 4.

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