Hal Rosner

Group master plan for Miami Marine Stadium.

Group master plan for Miami Marine Stadium.

Enlarged portion of individual contribution to group master plan.

Enlarged portion of individual contribution to group master plan.

Partial cross section across site

Partial cross section across site

Marine Stadium I

The Ralph Munroe Marine Stadium was built in 1963 as an aquatic amphitheater and for powerboat racing. In 1992 after Hurricane Andrew, it was deemed unsafe and has been deteriorating since. Initially, Miami’s master plan for Virginia Key included the destruction of the stadium. Due to public backlash, a subsequent plan was developed that included the stadium; however, it was surrounded closely with built structures, obscuring the Stadium itself.

As a response to this plan, we had the opportunity to work with the original architect, Hilario Candela, as well as The Friends of Marine Stadium, a local advocacy group. Our goal was to develop a master plan with the vision of restoring the Marine Stadium to its former glory which could be presented to the city as a viable alternative. Our efforts were ultimately recognized and numerous ideas from me and the class were adopted in a redraft of the Virginia Key Master Plan, significantly reducing the amount of buildings around the Stadium. We successfully convinced the city to adopt a master plan that celebrated rather than obscured the Marine Stadium.