Marlins Park, the $515 million stadium built to withstand a hurricane, stood up to Hurricane Irma as it hit Miami on Sunday — but Irma did appear to dislodge a minor piece of the stadium.
Social media photos and reports from the scene say that a piece of Marlins Park’s roof cover flew off during the storm. That is, unless one of the homers from Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton did this and nobody noticed until now. The Marlins, who are on the road, have not yet released a comment on the state of the stadium, other than saying the damage is being assessed.
Looks like the outer membrane of part of the roof peeled right off at Marlins Park. pic.twitter.com/qrze2Lxq5W
— MsMambo (@Ms_Mambo) September 11, 2017
— Kelly Blanco (@KellyNBC6) September 11, 2017
The Miami Herald, from the scene, adds:
A portion of the rubberized membrane which covers the large metal roof apparently peeled away from the high winds. The top of the third panel appears to be fine with the facade on the west side of the stadium exposed.
It’s not known whether there was any structural damage to the roof as yet and the roof remained closed over the ballpark on Monday at noon. A large sheet of the roof membrane could be seen gathered up in a notch in the roof Monday, a loose portion flapping in the breeze.
This is considered “minor” damage, especially considering how much impact Irma could have had on the Miami area. According to The Herald, the Miami Heat’s practice facility also suffered minor damage. Over in St. Petersburg, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field didn’t suffer any major damage, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The team is hopeful it can host the Boston Red Sox this weekend.
The Rays are already playing their games Monday-Wednesday at Citi Field in New York as the home team at a neutral site. They’re scheduled to return to Tropicana Field on Friday. The Marlins are also scheduled to return home Friday for a series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
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