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A Day at The Clevelander at Marlins Park (Gallery)

Pool at Clevelander Bar at Marlins Park

A couple Mondays ago, my company took everyone to a Marlins matinee game against the Diamondbacks. They got us all tickets to “The Clevelander at Marlins Park,” which is a separate bar/club in left field at the new stadium. I had already visited Marlins Park on Opening Day and wrote a Baseball Fan’s Guide to Marlins Park. I told you how great the new stadium is and how baseball fans will love going here.

The Clevelander is a local hotspot on South Beach that represents the international beach club scene in Marlins Park. And the team thought adding a bar area with a pool in left field would be just the thing to get locals out to more ballgames.

It’s like having a Pat O’Brien’s in the Superdome in New Orleans or something equally non-sportsy and touristy.

It’s like putting a baseball stadium in the middle of a club on South Beach.

It’s like putting tits on a bull.

Can you tell I’m not a big fan of it?

 

There’s No Club Music in Baseball!!!

David Gonos in The Clevelander at Marlins Park

Can't get any closer to the field, that's for sure. And nobody yelled at me for blocking their view (not many were even watching the game!)

Maybe I’m being too harsh about it; after all, I had a good time, ate some great food and drank quality beers. There were beautiful women, either dressed in bikinis or just body paint up top. What’s not to like?

Oh yeah, there was a baseball game going on, and I had no idea.

Between the loud club music chiming in from behind you, and the low field-level seats in left field with a horrible perspective, it was very difficult to keep attentive to the game. The music was so loud, Arizona’s left fielder that day, Gerardo Parra, was quietly dancing to it in between pitches.

There was a freaking bathroom attendant in the men’s room. I asked him if he was the bat boy, but he didn’t get it.

I understand what the team is trying to do: they’re trying to get non-baseball fans out to the game for a great time. That’s completely understandable and I’m sincerely hopeful that this does it. This reminds me of a place that would be a cool date with someone that’s a bigger club-hopping fan than baseball fan. Then, after the game, you head out to the real clubs on South Beach. That works well for that.

But for me, for real sports fans, it’s just a swing and a miss. Between the music and the distance from home plate, I felt completely detached from the game. However, directly above the Clevelander at Marlins Park is the Budweiser Skyline Bar in left field. THAT’s a great viewpoint for the game and a great environment.

 

Stuff you should know about the area:

  • How many seats are there in the Clevelander? That’s a tricky question. There are three rows of about 12 sections of two-seat love seats in that section. So figure there are about 72 seats at the Clevelander, but those are just the spacious, comfortable seats close to the field. There are seats at the bar behind it and all around the pool. You don’t need tickets for the bar seats, but you do need tickets for the green seats. Apparently, the whole Clevelander area holds 250 people.
  • Food was generally about $10-13, as were the alcoholic drinks.
  • The best seats in Marlins Park for the money are the seats either below the Budweiser Skyline Bar, or down the left-field line. You can usually get them for about $20-40, and you are within a quick walk to the bar, and you’ll have the “Taste of Miami” food choices behind you on the concourse.

 

Pictures of Clevelander at Marlins Park

Below are several pictures I took during the day (the roof was closed because of rain, so that was sweet!), with some random smart-ass comments thrown in.

David Gonos spent 5 years as a CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer and three more years writing with SI.com. Over the past 17 years, his work has been published on NFL.com, MLB.com, FanDuel, FoxSports.com and USA Today. Since 2001, he has been tracking down the Top 50-plus Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools online. You can contact David Gonos here.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Christy Dunlap

    June 24, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I wanted to see what the new stadium looked like so I hoped around and found you..lived the review btw.. now I want to let you know since my son was born I have not been able to get to any games & that’s die to other issues but shame on me anyhow I practically lived at Joe Robbie , (yes I will always call it that) for the 1st 5 yrs I used to play pool(billiards) w/ Chuck Carr & hang w/ a couple others, besides the point, I always went to games strictly to WATCH THE GAME.. Now since your of the male species you are not to be blamed for liking the environment of the Clevelander but as you said you had no real idea there was a baseball game going on.. now since they can only fit 250 people in this “joint” is it actually worth the it to them couldn’t they think of something a little more sophisticated to put there. I find it pretty trashy and not only demeaning to women but to our team, city name, players, most of all to the organization itself it’s like saying ” look at us we have strippers! You wanna come get a piece of one?” I’m surprised they don’t have private rooms for the VIP clients! Maybe you don’t look at this whole Clevelander spot like this but with them being topless & just painted is pathetic the girls just waitresses, yes, but that’s it. And now for the pool!! Is the 2nd most ridiculous waste of space. First if there has to a pool it should be only served as a distraction for kids that are getting to antsy and can’t stay still in their seats that are starting to disrupt the people trying to watch the game but really should the pool even be there? The stadium is a dome now it isn’t scorching hot anymore.. My whole point is I find it disgusting that the Clevelander it’s even there and would not even go to the game if those particular tickets were given to me Unless of course I wanted to party and watch the game at the same time but my thoughts on the place are still the exact same. So I’m so glad I stumbled upon your awesome review & I’m honestly glad you enjoyed yourself as I’m sure anyone man would & I’m sure a whole lot of others. I just think they could of come up with something better then that.

    • Gonos

      June 24, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Thanks for the comment, Christy! We agree on most points, and yes, I absolutely agree that it’s essentially a topless club — but they are trying to give that South Beach feel, which is pretty skin-happy as well. You make a good point about the pool and how it probably kills a kid to see it with him not swimming in it!

      I think we both agree — it’s not a place for baseball fans. It’s a club inside a stadium meant to attract people, even though the sport/team on the field should already be doing that.

      Thanks again for the comment! I bet we both hope Stanton hits 40+ homers this year!

  2. Mary Hocker

    July 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I completely agree with Christy’s assessment of the club. I mean really…if your at the Clevelander your not really there to watch the game… If you want to see 1/2 dressed women they have areas for that all over Miami. Why do women and children have to be subjected to it, especially at a ball game? And No Kids allowed in the pool….that is ridiculous…Kid’s in the pool would allow the parents to watch the game in peace….just sayin.
    I won’t even go to a Marlins Game because of this place being there. It would probably not affect me as I would not be entering that area of the ballpark but the fact that it’s there appalls me.

  3. Juan

    July 27, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I have seats at the clevelander for a game and I wanted to know if kids and adults could swim during the game

    • Gonos

      July 28, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Well, I’m not quite sure. But when I was there, they had topless painted girls dancing at the pool, so I doubt it’s a good spot for kids. Plus, I can imagine the other people in the pool that are thinking they’re in a club would be bugged by kids. I would probably not take kids to it.

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