Gloria Estefan is the face of national campaign

 

For Miami Marine Stadium

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By Andres Viglucci

The long campaign to resurrect one of South Florida’s least-seen architectural gems, the shuttered Miami Marine Stadium, is getting a turbo boost from one of the town’s most recognizable figures: Songstress, entrepreneur and — did you know this? — preservationist Gloria Estefan. Estefan has agreed to be the public face of a new national campaign to raise the stadium’s profile and help activists raise the millions of dollars needed to renovate the historic, city-owned structure, closed since 1992. Though in disrepair and slathered in graffiti, the 1963 stadium on Virginia Key, with its dramatically suspended, folded-concrete roof, is now widely regarded as a design and engineering marvel with no equivalent in the world. Estefan, who played on the stadium’s famous floating barge in the mid-1980s with the Miami Sound Machine just as they were achieving worldwide fame with Dr. Beat and Conga, called it “magical’’ and “an amazing piece of architecture” that should be restored to a central place in the city’s cultural landscape. “We are a very young city, but we’ve been here long enough to have a history, and it behooves us to save places like this,’’ Estefan said in an interview with The Miami Herald. “I’ve been around the world, and there is nothing like this anywhere that I’ve been.’’

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