Jimmy Buffett and Gloria Estefan to Share Memories of Miami Marine Stadium at Special One-Evening Event at Coral Gables Museum

Buffett to close sold out event with short live performance.

Jimmy Buffett and Gloria Estefan, two musical icons who once graced the stage at Miami Marine Stadium and who now want to see it restored to its former glory, will appear together on Thursday, January 9, for a special, one-evening event celebrating the stadium’s legacy. The sold out event will feature a conversation about the stadium between Buffett and Estefan moderated by NBC 6 anchor Jackie Nespral, as well as a short musical performance by Buffett. It will take place at the Coral Gables Museum. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, which named Miami Marine Stadium a National Treasure, will serve as the host for the event. Additional information is available at www.marinestadium.eventbrite.com.

The intimate event featuring Buffett and Estefan will kick off the final weekend of the critically-acclaimed “Concrete Paradise” exhibition at the Coral Gables Museum – the first-ever exhibit dedicated to the stadium’s architectural legacy, its history as a center of community life in South Florida, and its spectacular proposed comeback as a world-class sports and performance venue. The exhibit will close on Sunday, January 12. The museum will offer discounted, two-for-one adult admission throughout the weekend. 

Both legendary performers have longstanding ties to the stadium. Estefan, a Trustee of the National Trust, has served as the spokesperson for the campaign to restore Miami Marine Stadium since May 2013. She has highlighted the stadium’s restoration in multiple high profile media interviews, and earlier this year, she submitted video testimony to the Miami City Commission as it considered whether to approve the site plan presented by Friends of Miami Marine Stadium. Buffett gave one of the most memorable concerts ever held at Miami Marine Stadium on August 17, 1985 – a performance that is captured in a video on display at the “Concrete Paradise” exhibition. He has also been a vocal supporter of the stadium’s restoration. In 2009, when the National Trust named Miami Marine Stadium to its annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, Buffett recorded a special public service announcement calling for its restoration that now has thousands of views on YouTube.   

“I have performed in venues around the world, and I can tell you there is no place like Miami Marine Stadium,” Estefan said. “From the thrill of boat races to the exciting live performances, the stadium is where Miami turned its cultural heartbeat into a spectacle the world couldn’t resist. We must save this iconic structure for future generations.” 

“Anyone who attended an event at Miami Marine Stadium knows that it is a symbol of everything that is great about South Florida – boats, music, water, and amazing outdoor fun,” Buffett said. “I am honored to join Gloria Estefan in the campaign to save this important place. We all had so much fun at the stadium. Let’s do it again.” 

All event attendees will receive a one-year membership to the National Trust, as well as free admission to the “Concrete Paradise” exhibit. There will also be a silent auction featuring original stadium seats signed by Buffett and Estefan. Proceeds from the event will benefit the National Trust and the Coral Gables Museum.


About Miami Marine Stadium

Designed in 1962 by 27-year-old architect Hilario Candela, then a recent immigrant from Cuba, the 6,566-seat Miami Marine Stadium is a marvel of design and engineering. With a football field-length roofline that was the longest span of cantilevered concrete in the world when it was built, the stadium was designed for watching speed boat racing at a time when Miami was the epicenter of the sport. The stadium also hosted stars like Gloria Estefan, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Brubeck, the Beach Boys, and Ray Charles on its dramatic floating stage. Flamboyant enough to serve as a set for Elvis Presley’s film “Clambake,” it was also majestic enough to host religious services and political rallies.  

In 2012, the National Trust named Miami Marine Stadium to its National Treasures program – a portfolio of highly-significant endangered historic places throughout the country where the National Trust makes a long-term commitment to finding a preservation solution.

In July, Miami’s City Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to give Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, the nonprofit organization working to save the structure, full control over the stadium and the surrounding site so they could develop a plan to renovate, expand, and re-open the facility. Per an agreement with the City of Miami, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium has until January 2015 to raise an estimated $40 million to restore the stadium, with $10 million of that either identified or committed. 

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. For more information, visit www.PreservationNation.org.

About Friends of Miami Marine Stadium

Friends of Miami Marine Stadium (FMMS), a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2008 to save and restore Miami Marine Stadium. FMMS's plan not only will renovate the majestic structure, but create a waterfront marine stadium park as a public space for concerts, triathlons, boat races, festivals, and community events. The Antique Boat Museum of Clayton, NY will develop a satellite maritime museum that will also be housed there. Despite more than 20 years of vandalism and neglect, the 6,566-seat stadium built of poured-in-place concrete is structurally sound and is considered an engineering marvel now studied internationally. For more information, visit www.MarineStadium.org

About the Coral Gables Museum

The Coral Gables Museum, with its beautiful gallery spaces, community meeting room, courtyard, and plaza, serves as the cultural center of The City Beautiful. Its mission is to celebrate the civic arts of architecture and urban and environmental design, including fostering an appreciation for the history and cultural landscape of Coral Gables. The museum cultivates effective partnerships and provides programming, including exhibitions, collections, lectures, tours, publications, and special events. The museum is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) operating an educational cultural institution in a city-owned facility. For more information, visit www.CoralGablesMuseum.org.



The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. PreservationNation.org, @SavingPlaces