Well we finally made it to all 30 MLB with the opening of the Marlins new ballpark. First of all let me say, as everyone else has in Miami, "At least it has air conditioning!" I'm going to break up the review in several parts from family friendly parts, to not so family friendly, to areas I liked better than most and other areas of the ballpark.
My son and I were seated in the Clevelander area of the ballpark. I chose this area of the park because you can look right into bullpen of the Marlins players and see them warm up. In addition I thought it was the best place to catch any batting practice ball. After the experience I felt that the area was too upscale and too adult for any child under 12. As the tickets suggest children must be with an adult above 21 to enter the Clevelander area. I should have listened the warning because after the game began it was not an area for children whatsoever. I was sorta disappointed because it was the adults who were acting foolish around the bullpen rather than the kids. And after sitting there with my son I felt that we were getting forced out. Food at the Clevelander was nothing fancy and not worth the price.
Now for other food options in other parts of the park there is plenty of options to choose from. From the traditional ballpark fare, hamburgers, pizza and of course local Cuban food. There were sushi and other specialty fare items as well. There is enough to keep everyone happy. As for the concourses they were wide and spacious and open. You shouldn't have a problem moving around the areas with ease.
The one area of interest is that they have a small bobblehead museum that seemed to get alot of foot traffic.
On the history note they did have one giant display that signified the area being the location of the old Orange Bowl but it was paltry and did not include any artifacts on display. The only other item of interest in relation to the Orange Bowl was the half buried light mural on the north side of the stadium.
As for kids there wasn't much. I didn't see any play areas or anything operating that seem to be a family focus.
Now a really big plus. The scoreboard has more statistics on it then most average fans needs. On one particular player I saw his stats from the past 5 years against the particular pitcher. I like stats just like anybody else but this was sensory overload. But the time you got the first line another stat line appears.
Now after the game there are several large televisions outside for fans to view the game at their leisure. It was a plus who couldn't get tickets but also for those who wanted a brief break away from the crowds.
Now, for parking. IT'S A NIGHTMARE! Prepay for your parking so you can park in the parking structures. If you don't you will be parking on someone's lawn. If that is your cup of tea then so be it.
On a scale from 1 to 10 I give Marlins Park a 7.