MIAMI (CBS4) – Given the Florida Marlins season is sinking faster than the Titanic, fans and the league are already starting to look towards next year in the new ballpark.

While the official schedule isn’t out yet, the Marlins are likely to open up the new stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals, according to multiple reports. Major League Baseball won’t announce the schedule until September, so the opponent is still preliminary.

The Marlins, who will be renamed the Miami Marlins in 2012, will open the new retractable roof stadium that looks towards downtown Miami next year. It’s the first Major League Baseball stadium opened since the Twins opened Target Field in 2010.

The stadium is a marvel as it continues to rise up out of the ashes of the old Orange Bowl. But, it’s also cost one mayor an election and has generated as much public scorn as it has love.

Still, the marlins are confident once the stadium opens, all will be forgotten.

“It will be quite a show,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “To open up a new stadium that Miami can call their own, a true baseball stadium, a beautiful facility. What else could you as for? They’re going to have to be happy.”


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