The Miami New Times shared this impressive video of members of the World Freerunning Parkour Federation traversing the Miami Marine Stadium. Years of watching web videos had us secretly hoping for faceplants, but the real reason to watch is the exploration of every corner of the famed Marine Stadium, which few people other than trespassers get to see anymore. The waterfront structure has been abandoned since after Hurricane Andrew when it was closed to the public because of concerns over its structural integrity.
The stadium is on the list of architectural masterpieces by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is on the World Monument Fund’s watch list of significantly endangered sites. At the time of its construction, it had the world’s longest span of cantilevered concrete in the world. These days, it’s almost exclusively the domain of graffiti artists.
The main group attempting to save the site is Friends of Miami Marine Stadium , which got approval in March from the Miami City Commission to proceed with planning and fundraising for a restoration project.
Under the terms of the MOU, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium has just six months to develop a plan specifying the amount of land needed, and a financial and operating plan. We also must raise the necessary funds for restoration of the Stadium within a two year period (no City funds are to be used). We estimate restoration costs to be approximately $30 million and we have about $10 million in commitments so far.
We think the restoration project is a great opportunity to develop a mixed use space that can serve as both a performance venue as well as a park that can be open to the public year round, similar to The High Line in New York . It would really be a world-class location.