A few details of the Marlins new ballpark in Miami have previously leaked and they've seemed out of place at a baseball game. The just-announced "backstop aquariums" fall under that non-traditional category, but I think they're going to be one of baseball's cooler stadium features when the bagel-slicer looking park opens in 2012.
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The two giant aquariums will be located on either side of home plate, but not directly behind it. And no worries on a Faith No More-type situation with a fish flopping around on the ground and gasping for air because the aquariums will be constructed with shatterproof glass.
MLB.com has more details:
"Each aquarium will be constructed using a durable fiberglass structure, and white crystal-clear acrylic panels 1.5 inches thick will be used for the viewing windows. To safeguard it from impact, Lexan — the material used for bulletproof windows — will be installed in front and in back of the acrylic panels."
The aquariums will hold 600 and 450 gallons, but will sadly not be big enough for a real marlin.
Still, I am on board and highly approve of this feature, so long as the Marlins hire this guy to tend to the aquariums once they're built. (He surprisingly knows a lot about fish.)