The Miami Marine Stadium (unused real name of Commodore Ralph Middleton Munroe Marine Stadium) is on Vero’s Street on the Virginia Key barrier island, the city of Miami, Florida.
The Miami Marine Stadium was designed by architect Hilario Candela in 1963. Built purposefully as the first stadium in the United States for powerboat racing. The 6,500+ seat stadium was constructed at a cost of $2 million on land donated by the Matheson family but named after Ralph Middleton Munroe. The Miami Marine Stadium is remembered to this day for its fantastic views, the awesome concerts, water sports, religious services and other sporting events.
In 1992, Hurricane Andrew swept across Florida and damaged much. After the storm the Miami Marine Stadium was declared unsafe for use and was abandoned. It has since become a breeding ground for graffiti and vandalism.
In 2013, it was stated that Gloria Estefan and Friends of Miami Marine Stadium announced an advocacy campaign for proposals of restoration for the Miami Marine Stadium. It was announced that the group, Tourism Cares, is planning on a volunteer restoration project of the site in May of 2014.
Where is the abandoned graffiti paradise of the Miami Marine Stadium? You can find it with these coordinates. 25.743037,-80.169919.
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