Miami International Boat Show Moving To Marine Stadium

Miami International Boat Show Moving To Marine Stadium
Photos by Claire Nelson

The Miami Marine Stadium is coming back. It's really coming back. After sitting dormant and abandoned for over 20 years, the Miami International Boat Show is expected to announce that they'll move their 2016 and 2017 editions from Miami Beach to the Virginia Key aquatic stadium.

Though renovations haven not begun, Friends of the Marine Stadium hope to have all their ducks in a line and renovations completed in time for the 2016 fair.

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The Miami Herald reports that while it's not a totally done deal, supporters of the stadium's renovations, including Gloria Estefan, plan to announce the deal officially on Thursday morning on a yacht.

The relocation of the boat show during those years was somewhat of a necessity anyway thanks to planned renovations of the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Though a small portion of the actual stadium would be used, most of the fair would be held outside in tents erected in the stadium's vast parking lot.

Of course, Friends of the Marine Stadium still have not secured a full-time lease from the city, and has until January 20th to show that the stadium could be a moneymaking operation that wouldn't need public support.

Supporters say that the Boat Show's move proves that indeed there is a commercial future for the property, and hopes to secure that full-time lease in November.

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