Organizers of the Miami International Boat Show say bringing the show to the historic Miami Marine Stadium in 2016 and 2017 is a “win-win.”
“The rebirth of Miami Marine Stadium, one of Miami’s most iconic and beloved marine venues, is a nod to the significance and rich history of Miami’s boating lifestyle and to the immense possibilities for Miami’s vibrant boating community,” National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich told Trade Only Today in an email.
The NMMA owns the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show.
The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, which runs concurrently with the Miami boat show in February and is produced by Show Management and owned by the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, is staying at its Collins Avenue location.
“The Miami International Boat Show has been the premier gathering place for more than 100,000 boaters who travel from around the globe each year to create lifelong memories while taking in the largest boat show in the world,” Dammrich told Trade Only. “Calling Miami Marine Stadium a home in 2016 and 2017 unites two of the city’s most celebrated boating institutions and solidifies Miami’s place on the map as an international boating destination.”
The show’s return paves the way for the shuttered stadium’s restoration. Devastated by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the stadium was declared in 2009 as one of America’s most endangered historic places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
At a press event this morning at Miami Marine Stadium, representatives of the Miami International Boat Show said they have committed to hosting the show in 2016 and 2017 at the stadium and its grounds while exploring the site as a long-term home.
The announcement follows months of speculation about the boat show’s future in the city because of the renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center, which is slated to begin in 2016.
Today’s meeting also brought Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and Friends of Miami Marine Stadium spokeswoman Gloria Estefan and Miami-Dade special ambassador Emilio Estefan.
Gloria Estefan, a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation who has served as the “Voice of Miami Marine Stadium” and has elevated the campaign to restore it to an international audience of millions, made the announcement at this morning’s event.
“I have wonderful memories of performing at Miami Marine Stadium and of attending the Miami International Boat Show. To have both together in one place is a perfect match,” Estefan said, according to a statement. “For people in Miami, boating is in our DNA. I look forward to the day when the stadium is once again filled with people coming together to create long-lasting memories of their own.”