Boxing promoter volunteers 54-acre site

Updated: November 3, 2003, 11:34 AM ET
Associated Press

MANGONIA PARK, Fla. -- Boxing promoter Don King wants the Florida Marlins to build a ballpark on 54 acres of property he owns in Palm Beach County.

King owns a jai-alai fronton in Mangonia Park that he said would be an ideal site for the World Series champions' proposed park, spokesman Robert Weneck said. If the ballpark has a roof, King would stage boxing matches in the arena during the offseason.

That would help the Marlins pay the estimated cost of $325 million for the stadium, King said.

"It's a marriage made in heaven for Floridians," King said Monday during a telephone interview from Atlantic City, N.J. He said he has not spoken yet to the Marlins and said no financial terms had been set for the offer.

Marlins spokesman Steve Copses did not have an immediate comment.

The Marlins and Miami-Dade County officials last week announced a plan to commit $210 million toward a ballpark. The 38,000-seat stadium would have a retractable roof and be open for play in 2007. Officials are searching for a site for the stadium in Miami-Dade, which is about 50 miles south of Palm Beach County.

The Marlins play in Pro Player Stadium, on the Miami-Dade and Broward county line. Mangonia Park is 67 miles north of Miami and about 60 miles north of Pro Player.

The team has said Pro Player, the home of the Miami Dolphins, is too big for baseball. The team also wants a roof because of South Florida's frequent summer rain and high humidity.


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