The Marlins announced a new highlight for their upcoming stadium on — dual aquariums that will serve as a home-plate backstop.
The twin custom-made saltwater aquariums will flank both sides of home plate while encompassing fish and coral-reef ecosystems at the new ballpark, which will open at the start of the 2012 season. The aquariums will be constructed by the world’s leading custom aquarium manufacturer, Living Color Enterprises Inc., and have been designed to utilize the latest cutting-edge technology and will incorporate unique features to ensure the safety and health of the many species of aquatic life that will inhabit them.
The aquarium on the right side of home plate — when looking from the pitcher’s mound — will measure 34 feet in length and 36 inches high while holding 600 gallons of seawater. The one on the left will be 24 feet long and hold 450 gallons.
Each aquarium will be constructed using a durable fiberglass structure, and white crystal-clear acrylic panels 1.5 inches thick will be used for the viewing windows. To safeguard it from impact, Lexan — the material used for bulletproof windows — will be installed in front and in back of the acrylic panels.