Marlins’ ballpark 80 percent complete



MIAMI (AP) — Dirt piled 6 feet high stands midway between the two dugouts at the Florida Marlins’ new ballpark.

No, that won’t be the pitcher’s mound. Construction crews are still digging and grading in preparation for the opening of the ballpark in April, but the $515 million project is 80 percent complete, and the Marlins say it is on schedule.

The Marlins held a tour of the site Wednesday. The field is still dirt and mud, because the natural grass isn’t scheduled to be laid until January. But the dugouts have been built, the foul poles are up, and a scoreboard and two video boards have been erected. The ballpark will have 36,000 seats, and 33,500 have been installed.