Miami Marine Stadium

The city is up to something. There are construction trailers nearby, the front gate is often open and there is a new gap in the fence. The derelict stadium has long been a favorite of graffiti-ists and urban explorer types. Much of the graffiti is extremely colorful and in some places quite beautiful. It was difficult to resist photographing it, at least until the police asked us to leave. They were very polite and explained that the city doesn’t want people to wander around, get hurt and sue. They have a point. And yet to see this place in warm late-afternoon light is to want to photograph it.
 
Miami's Marine Stadium on Virginia Key is located next to a U-shaped lagoon once used for powerboat racing. The stadium was damaged in the 1992 hurricane and abandoned. Since then it has been a favorite venue for graffiti artists and urban explorers. (Jonathan.Gewirtz@gmail.com)
 
The stadium is like Miami’s Parthenon. Whatever the highly publicized master plan of the year says, I have no idea if the place will ever be rebuilt or if it will be torn down. But even if the basic structure is retained it’s certain to be cleaned of graffiti in any rehab job. So there’s no time like the present to make a visual record of it.
 
 
Miami's Marine Stadium on Virginia Key is located next to a U-shaped lagoon once used for powerboat racing. The stadium was damaged in the 1992 hurricane and abandoned. Since then it has been a favorite venue for graffiti artists and urban explorers. (Jonathan.Gewirtz@gmail.com)
 
 
Miami's Marine Stadium on Virginia Key is located next to a U-shaped lagoon once used for powerboat racing. The stadium was damaged in the 1992 hurricane and abandoned. Since then it has been a favorite venue for graffiti artists and urban explorers. (Jonathan.Gewirtz@gmail.com)
 
 
Miami's Marine Stadium on Virginia Key is located next to a U-shaped lagoon once used for powerboat racing. The stadium was damaged in the 1992 hurricane and abandoned. Since then it has been a favorite venue for graffiti artists and urban explorers. (Jonathan.Gewirtz@gmail.com)
 
 
Miami's Marine Stadium on Virginia Key is located next to a U-shaped lagoon once used for powerboat racing. The stadium was damaged in the 1992 hurricane and abandoned. Since then it has been a favorite venue for graffiti artists and urban explorers. (Jonathan.Gewirtz@gmail.com)
 
 
Miami's Marine Stadium on Virginia Key is located next to a U-shaped lagoon once used for powerboat racing. The stadium was damaged in the 1992 hurricane and abandoned. Since then it has been a favorite venue for graffiti artists and urban explorers. (Jonathan.Gewirtz@gmail.com)
 

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