Opening Night In Miami Was A Circus That Included Girls In Bikinis, Brazilian Dancers And A Near No-Hitter

Miami Ballpark, Miami Marlins, Jose Reyes

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Last night was opening night in Major League Baseball (again). Only this time, it like something MLB has never seen before.It was Miami being South Beach inside a baseball stadium.

It was over-the-top. It was hideous. It was a train wreck.

In other words, it was awesome in a way that only Miami can be.

On the next few pages, let’s take a look at some of the crazier scenes from last night’s inaugural game at the new Marlins Ballpark.

A tour before the game revealed the last seat installed got a special colour

It's Miami, yes, there is air conditioning

And a pool bar

Here's the fish tank wall as viewed from the seats

The Marlins first-ever season-ticket holder got to pick his seat in the new stadium

The retractable roof was open on this night

There was a champagne chandelier, and no, we can't make something like this up

The Marlins mascot got a makeover

The players were escorted by Brazilian dancers during introductions

It seems as though the Marlins missed a good opportunity to paint the roof something outrageous

40-four years after performing a controversial national anthem during the World Series, Jose Feliciano did the same for the Marlins opening night

It is always good to see Muhammad Ali, but this seemed like a strange place

Is that a pool bar? Yep, in featured (hired) girls in bikinis and girls dancing on the bar behind the pool

And that was tame compared to some of the bartenders

Apparently the tax dollars ran out before this guy made his sign

This ambulance may have been called for ballparks like Camden Yards that are certainly rolling over in their fresh graves

Apparently Rafael Furcal thought South Beach's 'clothing optional' rule applied to the ballpark

The stadium does create quite a presence

The stadium is over-the-top, and yet, it is still impressive

And the view is incredible

Even owner Jeffrey Loria was fending off the young ladies

The home run sculpture still hasn't been used as the Marlins did not hit a home run

This sign was on hand to remind us that the stadium is not in South Beach, no matter what we might believe

In the end, the Cardinals sent the Marlins fans home sad

Now check out some more photos from the new ballpark in Miami

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