MANGONIA PARK, Fla. -- Boxing promoter Don King wants the
Florida Marlins to build a ballpark on 54 acres of property he owns
in Palm Beach County.
King owns a jai-alai fronton in Mangonia Park that he said would
be an ideal site for the World Series champions' proposed park,
spokesman Robert Weneck said. If the ballpark has a roof, King
would stage boxing matches in the arena during the offseason.
That would help the Marlins pay the estimated cost of $325
million for the stadium, King said.
"It's a marriage made in heaven for Floridians," King said
Monday during a telephone interview from Atlantic City, N.J. He
said he has not spoken yet to the Marlins and said no financial
terms had been set for the offer.
Marlins spokesman Steve Copses did not have an immediate
The Marlins and Miami-Dade County officials last week announced
a plan to commit $210 million toward a ballpark. The 38,000-seat
stadium would have a retractable roof and be open for play in 2007.
Officials are searching for a site for the stadium in Miami-Dade,
which is about 50 miles south of Palm Beach County.
The Marlins play in Pro Player Stadium, on the Miami-Dade and
Broward county line. Mangonia Park is 67 miles north of Miami and
about 60 miles north of Pro Player.
The team has said Pro Player, the home of the Miami Dolphins, is
too big for baseball. The team also wants a roof because of South
Florida's frequent summer rain and high humidity.