Marlins told to leave stadium after 2010 season
MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins will not be allowed to play in their stadium after the 2010 season, the latest factor in the team's prolonged struggle to get a new ballpark.
Pro Player Stadium president Bruce Schulze said 2010 is the last of a series of one-year lease options for the Marlins, who share the complex with the Miami Dolphins. He said dropping the Marlins would let the stadium pursue such events as cricket and soccer.
The stadium in northern Miami-Dade County belongs to Dolphins owner and Marlins founding owner H. Wayne Huizenga.
"The owner is free to do what he chooses," Marlins president David Samson said Friday. "What this does is make it very clear the need for the Marlins to have a new place to play is no longer just about economics. It's about survival."
Commissioner Bud Selig said he hoped "logic will prevail" and the Marlins will get a stadium.
The Marlins are deadlocked with local officials over plans to build a 38,000-seat, $420 million retractable roof stadium near the Orange Bowl. On Wednesday, team officials met with Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman about a possible move.
The Las Vegas trip angered Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and City Manager Joe Arriola, who accused the team of negotiating in bad faith. However, both said the city's offer to the team stood, and county officials were optimistic about a deal.
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