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Heineken is Crowdfunding Some of the Miami Marine Stadium’s Restoration

June 8, 2016 by Sean McCaughan

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons/ El Gringo

Heineken is donating $20,000 and crowdfunding another $80,000 to remove the seats in the architecturally iconic Miami Marine Stadium, initiating what will hopefully be the first step in its restoration, reports the Miami New Times. The City of Miami Commission is expected to approve a measure accepting the funds tomorrow, and the campaign, which is kicking off Heineken’s “Cities” Campaign, will be launched on Indiegogo next month. If this works, it could finally mean the beginning of a restoration that has seen years of false starts despite the tireless work of locals like activist Don Worth and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Whoever loves the stadium will be able to give $5 to bring it back to life. For so long, people have been like, ‘We need to find huge gifts from major donors,’ so this is different in that it’s allowing residents directly to bring it back to life, and that’s something that doesn’t happen with a lot of restoration projects.” said Jason Lloyd Clement, director of community outreach at the National Trust. The cost of the hoped for full restoration, between $37 million and $40 million, is still to be addressed.

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