Orange Bowl and the City of Miami Unveil Orange Bowl Field at Moore Park
On Sunday, January 2 City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, City Commissioner Richard P. Dunn, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford, PAC-10 Commissioner Larry Scott, Miami Dolphins Director of Youth and Community Programs Twan Russell and Orange Bowl Committee President Antonio L. Argiz, Vice Chair O. Ford Gibson and CEO Eric Poms celebrated the debut of Orange Bowl Field at Moore Park.
Welcoming over 300 Allapattah residents to the ribbon cutting and a community block party, Orange Bowl Field at Moore Park represents the completion of a $5.7 million project that was initiated by the Orange Bowl Committee as a legacy gift to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Orange Bowl.
"Moore Park was an over-utilized and neglected park because of a lack of funds, but what the Orange Bowl Committee has done is given back to the community the place where the Orange Bowl all began," said Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado. "This is an important day for the city of Miami, for we have finished a project that is truly a partnership between the private and the public sector."
Orange Bowl Field at Moore Park is a state-of-the-art facility that features a Desso synthetic field turf playing surface – the same turf used for the 2010 World Cup; a six-lane rubberized track with shot put, discus, high jump, long jump and pole value areas; seating for up to 1,500 people; home and away locker rooms; home and away restrooms and concessions; an air conditioned press box with a new public address system; Musco field lighting; and an electronic scoreboard.
The project was managed by Gibson Development Partners and Republic Real Estate Advisors. Borrelli + Partners were the architects for the project and worked with general contractor Miller Construction.
During the ribbon cutting ceremony Orange Bowl President Antonio L. Argiz added, "Thank you all for your time, dedication and support. As you all know, the Orange Bowl is a community driven organization, and we look forward to continuing to impact South Florida."
In honor of its 75th anniversary, the Orange Bowl Committee spearheaded the $5.7 million legacy gift initiative to build the much needed football stadium at Miami’s Moore Park. The Orange Bowl Committee directly contributed $2.5 million to the project plus design fees, and has guaranteed an additional $700,000 for completion of the youth sports complex. The $2.5 million plus gift was matched by the City of Miami, which partnered with the Committee to construct Orange Bowl Field at Moore Park.
Ford Gibson, Vice Chair, Orange Bowl Committee
"I would argue that this (the refurbishing of Moore Park), in our 77 year history, is one of the best things we’ve done."
Eric Poms, Chief Executive Officer, Orange Bowl Committee
"On Monday night we have a showdown. The ACC Champion Virginia Tech Hokies are going to play No. 4-ranked Stanford in the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl. We couldn’t do this (the refurbishing of Moore Park) here today without the support of being in the Bowl Championship Series. That’s important."
John D. Swofford, Commissioner, Atlantic Coast Conference
"We forget sometimes what is most important, and that’s giving back collectively and creating something, through college football and through the Orange Bowl, that will impact young people in ways that we will never, ever know."
Larry Scott, Commissioner, Pac-12 Conference
"What a fantastic day for the city of Miami, for the Orange Bowl, and for college football. Bowls across the country do a terrific job of not only generating economic development and tourism, but also impacting different stakeholders in the community. I don’t think I’ve seen a project of this magnitude that is going to impact the lives of so many people in the community."