Only a week has gone by and already the Floating Stage competition is making news in the Miami Herald. We hope to generate more interest from other publications, in order to bring worldwide attention to this unique structure that is the Miami Marine Stadium. Read below what the Herald article has to say, and for the actual online article there is a link at the bottom of the page.
Design students and professionals will have a chance to submit ideas that could shape one of Miami’s most recognizable landmarks, the Marine Stadium. DawnTown, an annual international architectural competition, is accepting ideas for a floating stage that could be part of the Marine Stadium restoration.
The Marine Stadium was built in 1963 in Virginia Key and has hosted boat races, concerts, rallies and many other sporting events. The stadium was shuttered after Hurricane Andrew caused millions of dollars in damage in 1992, and has remained closed ever since.
Friends of Marine Stadium, an organization formed in 2008 with the assistance of the Dade Heritage Trust, is co-sponsoring the event with the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and is working to restore the stadium.
The stadium requires between $5.6 million and $8.5 million worth of basic repairs.
Last April, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez got fellow commissioners to approve $3 million from the county’s voter-approved general obligation bond program for stadium renovation.
To receive the money, there has to be a complete plan for the stadium’s renovation as well as a plan for how it will be used and managed. The city must also show that it has enough money to complete the rehab work.
For the contest, submissions will be judged by a six-person panel, one of whom is Hilario Candela, who originally designed the 6,566-seat stadium and is now a leader in the restoration efforts nearly 50 years later.
The first prize award is $5,000, second prize is $2,500, third prize is $1,000, fourth prize is $500, and fifth prize is $250. The winning ideas will be considered in future renovation plans, according to contest organizers.
The registration deadline is April 11 and participants must submit all materials by April 15. The awards ceremony will take place May 6.