Marlins Fans, Officials Discuss Proposal for New Ballpark

MIAMI (AP) _ Marlins team president told a crowd of fans that he
expects to be talking about construction of a new ballpark by next
year's FanFest.

Fans have long heard talk from team officials about the prospect
of a new ballpark. Samson said the team is negotiating hard with
the Florida Legislature to help build the stadium.

The project was approved by Miami-Dade County commissioners in
December. It calls for a 37,000-seat retractable-roof ballpark, and
also includes a performing arts center, port tunnel project and
soccer stadium.

About 17,000 attended the FanFest. They asked Samson and other
team officials and players about issues ranging from parking to the
Marlins' Sunday concert series.

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