Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins have closed The Clevelander At Marlins Park, one of the most prominent features of the eight-year-old ballpark.
The field-level area at the stadium just beyond the left field fence, featuring a bar named for the prominent South Beach hotel brand as well as poolside entertainment, will be converted into several other as-yet-unspecified uses.
While several other US stadiums also have in-park swimming pools, The Clevelander At Marlins Park quickly became one of the more noteworthy versions, even amid the club’s regular attendance struggles.
“We are appreciative of The Clevelander’s partnership at Marlins Park through the ballpark’s first eight years,” said Adam Jones, Marlins chief revenue officer. “We are excited about the future use and potential of the field-level space as a fan destination within Marlins Park for a wide variety of audiences.”
The move is the latest in a series of on- and off-field makeovers for the Marlins under current owner Bruce Sherman and chief executive Derek Jeter, who earlier this year was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Marlins also have removed a much-debated home run sculpture beyond the center field wall, created a series of other new fan areas at Marlins Park, and are undergoing an overhaul of its player roster amid a rebuilding effort.