Jimmy Buffet has joined forces with Gloria Estefan to save Miami’s iconic Marine Stadium, appearing at on a panel with Jackie Nespral yesterday at the Coral Gables Museum where an exhibit on the history of the stadium runs through Sunday.
It was a convincing video by Estefan that recently got the stadium on the National Trust for Historic Preservation list of architectural gems in need of saving after becoming the official spokesperson of the cause in May of 2013. The venue has a special place in both performer’s hearts. Estefan and Buffet had breakthrough concerts there before the 50-year-old stadium closed in 1992 after the City of Miami claimed it was damaged by Hurricane Andrew. But, the building has been examined and declared structurally sound. So fundraising efforts are underway as Friends of Marine Stadium get ready to raise $30 million for the renovation and re-opening of the mid-century modern stadium.
“This is going to be an amazing place for everyone that lives in this, not just in South Florida, but I think people around the world that are going to come to our little corner and really love this place,” said Estefan, with husband Emilio by her side yesterday. The stadium is unique in all the world and has potential not just for concerts (which are very special because the performers are floating on the water while the land-based audience looks on), but for triathlons, boat races and according to Buffet… “paddleboard races.”
The “Concrete Paradise” exhibit on the Miami Marine Stadium runs through Sunday at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave.