Blue Wahoos Stadium
Blue Wahoos Stadium, Pensacola, FL, is the home of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Miami Marlins' Southern League farm team. The stadium installed artificial turf before the 2022 season - the same type as in the Marlins' ballpark.
The Pensacola Bay view enhances the Populous-designed ballpark's beauty, but its open-air design lets the Florida sun scorch. Originally planned to hold 3,500 for an independent team, it was retooled when Quint Studer sold that club to acquire a Double-A franchise. Opened in 2012, it reports sell-outs as 5,038.
The team and the municipal agency that owns the stadium were supposed to name it jointly. When they couldn't agree, the agency dubbed it Maritime Park Stadium - which appeared only on one small plaque near the entrance - while the team website labeled it Blue Wahoos Park. The local newspaper called it neither, referring to it as "the Pensacola bayfront stadium" in non-title case. That may explain why its 2012 Stadium of the Year trophy reads Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.
In 2015, the agency sold its share of the naming rights to the team - agreeing to the second such offer - and the team officially dubbed it Blue Wahoos Stadium. That same year, professional golfer and Pensacola native Bubba Watson purchased a share of the Blue Wahoos, and the ballpark's restaurant was renamed "Bubba's Sand Trap" in his honor.
Dimensions are 325 feet to LF, 400 feet to CF and 335 feet to RF.
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