— A new baseball stadium is almost here.
The Marlins announced Monday that they have signed a deal to play at Tropicana Field in the Dominican Republic.
They’re still working out details with local officials and will need to secure city permits, but it appears the ballpark will open in late 2019.
“We are very excited to have our new home at Tropica,” Marlins President of Baseball Operations David Samson said.
“This will be our new baseball home.
We look forward to welcoming our fans and the world to our new ballpark.”
Construction of TropicANA Field is expected to begin in 2019, and it will open as early as 2024.
The deal comes after the Marlins were among a handful of baseball teams who decided to move to a new stadium in 2018.
The ballpark will be financed in part with public money.
It will have a $200 million price tag and will seat over 1,000,000 people.
It’s estimated the cost will be around $250 million.
The Miami Herald first reported the news.
The project is a joint effort between the Marlins and a group of local governments.
It also includes a public transportation system and a hotel.
Construction on Tropicananas new stadium is expected “in 2019,” a source familiar with the agreement told the Herald.
The ballpark is expected close to the 2018 opening of the Marlins home in the park.