On Sunday, January 2, 2011, 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.
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 png-1football 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.