MLB Park Showdown: Marlins Park vs Minute Maid Park
By Andy Salgado
Outside Minute Maid park in… yup you guessed it a Marlins Jersey!
Well, ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the finale of our trip and we are ending it with Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. For this one we are going to do something a little different. There will be no innings break down and no clear winner. Here is why…
Marlins Park and Minute Maid Park are too similar of parks to compare and decide a clear winner. Minute Maid Park was designed by HOK Sport, who in 2009 changed there name to Populous. Populous are the designers of Marlins Park. This is why the parks look very similar on the inside. Also, the outside do fit their respective cities very well- Miami with it Art Deco futuristic look and Houston with its industrial look. The similarities don’t end there. Both are retractable roof parks, both are the major part of their city’s skyline, both have free WI-FI, and both have that new park feel even though Minute Maid is over a decade old.
Our seats during the game, a few rows back from Home Plate.
The food is very similar too, as in the sense that both represent their city to a T. Minute Maid Park had BBQ, Tex Mex, and a nice sit down restaurant with a wide selection of Houston specialties. Our seats were right behind home plate for this game and felt a lot like how those seats feel in Marlins Park. With all that said, these two parks are just too similar to declare a better park. To try to go into a tie breaker like Busch would be hard to find something different enough to declare a winner. So will we end this in a tie? Well not really.
Look, I like Marlins Park and in my opinion Marlins Park is better for me. Anybody who is reading this if Minute Maid is better for you, then right on! It’s your park, take great pride in it. It’s a great park and I had a lot of fun there; however nothing will ever change my mind on Marlins Park, I love it there. After 18 years of dealing with Joe Robbie I’m glad I finally have Marlins Park to call home. Turner, Busch, Kauffman, Rangers, and Minute Maid Park are all great parks and if you like any one park more than another then good for you. As a baseball fan you take pride and love the home of your team. That’s what makes baseball great. Thank you guys so much for reading my MLB Park Showdown I hope you guys enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it. Until next time… Let’s go Marlins!