With its host venue scheduled to close for renovations in December 2015, local media report that the Miami International Boat Show will be hosted at the Miami Marine Stadium for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), was quoted in the Miami Herald as saying, “Calling Miami Marine Stadium a home in 2016 and 2017 unites two of the city’s most celebrated boating institutions, and solidifies Miami’s place on the map as an international boating destination.”
The Miami Marine Stadium, located on Biscayne Bay south of the downtown core, was built in 1963 as a purpose-built venue to watch powerboat racing. The 6,566-seat stadium was seriously damaged by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, declared unsafe, and has been closed since. Costs to renovate the stadium and make it suitable for hosting the boat show and other events have been estimated at more than US$30m.
The show has traditionally been held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, which will close at the end of the 2015 season to begin a US$500m renovation project. Under the approved design, 70,000sq ft of new meeting and ballroom facilities plus 900 parking spaces will be added to the 1-million-square-foot centre, which was originally built in 1957.