Video Unveiled of Marlins' Hideous Home Run Display - NBC 6 South Florida

Video Unveiled of Marlins' Hideous Home Run Display

Team Loria continues its assault on aesthetics with centerfield home run display



    Video Unveiled of Marlins' Hideous Home Run Display
    Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs

    The Florida Marlins' attack on design and good taste has taken a bold step forward, with an animation of the new stadium's anamatronic centerfield structure going viral after being released on the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs' Facebook page.

    The arcade-like structure will light up whenever a Marlin hits a home run in the new ballpark set to open in Little Havana next year.

    If you thought the leaked new Miami Marlins cap logo was a ugly, then you might not want to take a gander at the centerfield display.

    Animatronic marlins jump and twirl over what looks like a re-purposed ski-ball facade, complete with flashing lights and bright colors.

    In 2009 the feature, designed by New York-based designer Red Grooms as a tribute to Daytona Beach (ahem), hit controversy when the team was awarded public art funds to build something county residents have to pay to see.

    "[Team owner] Jeffrey [Loria]'s goal from Day 1 was to marry art and baseball," team president David Samson said at the time. If by "art" he meant "day-glo carnival machinery," then this structure is a smashing success.

    It is over the top, of questionable taste, and probably cost a lot of Miami. That actually makes it a pretty good reflection of the city of Miami, but probably not the reflection Marlins fans were hoping for.

    Indeed, the Marlins have accomplished the impossible: they have given their fans a reason to dread the prospect of a Mike Stanton home run.