The Miami Marlins have made headlines over the past few months due to their ownership sale and the chase of 60 home runs for slugger Giancarlo Stanton. But now, the team, and its ballpark, Marlins Park, are in the crosshairs of Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm that is expected to make landfall in the state in the coming days.
The Marlins have a plan for their park to not get ruined by the storm that is on pace to make history as one of the most destructive natural disasters ever recorded. Rather than leaving the retractable roof closed to avoid water from crashing down, they’ll actually partially open the roof.
“It allows the air and the pressure to come inside the ballpark and eventually leave the ballpark,” said Marlins executive vice president Claude Delorme. “It avoids putting a lot of uplift on the roof. It was designed that way so we wouldn’t get any major damage to our roof.”
The storm has already forced the cancellation of the Florida Gators’ home game against Northern Colorado, as well as the South Florida Bulls road game against Connecticut and the Miami Hurricanes taking on Arkansas State, as there were concerns over the teams’ ability to return home.
But the biggest cancellation comes from the city of Miami itself, as the NFL home opener for the Miami Dolphins against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was rescheduled for later in the season. The city is known for playing through an occasional rain storm, but these events will be far from the ordinary, even for the city of Miami.