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Sep

Roofers wanted: Marlins Park and Heat arena suffer damage from Irma – Miami Herald

The retractable roof at Marlins Park was designed to survive a hurricane.

The ballpark held up generally well through Hurricane Irma, but not without some damage.

Hurricane Irma damaged about six percent of the ballpark’s roof membrane and will need to be replaced immediately after the season.

Though the facility is safe to use, the Marlins and Major League Baseball have not decided whether Miami will play host to Milwaukee Friday through Sunday, as scheduled.

According to a source, whether the series will be played here will depend on several factors, such as whether police and fire rescue can work the game, whether Miami-Dade County’s curfew is lifted and whether street lights are working.

That decision will be made Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Marlins, MLB and the Brewers had not begin discussing potential alternate venues as of late afternoon Monday.

Miami starts a three-game series against the host Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.

A large sheet of the roof membrane could be seen gathered up in a notch in the roof Monday, a loose portion flapping in the breeze.

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The exposed portion of the retractable roof at Marlins Park in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Miami.

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The Marlins said in a statement, that “the TPO (rubber and plastic) membrane on the West vertical face of the center panel of the roof will need to be replaced immediately following the conclusion of the 2017 season. This represents approximately six percent of the entire roof membrane. This membrane serves to weatherproof the roof structure.”

The Marlins said based on Monday’s assessment, “the building performed extremely well considering the intensity of the hurricane … The ballpark did not experience any flooding or water damage.”

Marlins Park wasn’t the only South Florida sports venue to suffer what appears to be just minor roof damage.

A few miles east, the Miami Heat’s practice facility connected to AmericanAirlines Arena also took a hit from Irma.

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Piles of roofing and building material sat on the sidewalk and in the access street on the north side of the arena with strips of tarp-like material hanging from the building.

The VIP parking lot beneath the arena didn’t appear to have signs of flooding on Monday.

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Pieces of tarp hang from the roof of the Miami Heat practice facility at AmericanAirlines Arena following Hurricane Irma on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

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The outer membrane of the practice court roof was damaged but “we believe it’s minor and nothing structural,” according to a Heat spokesperson.

Hard Rock Stadium, which is the Miami Gardens home of the Dolphins and Hurricanes, didn’t appear to suffer any serious damage in the storm although a tornado may have touched down in the area.

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Trees are down on the east side of Marlins Park in Miami following Hurricane Irma on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

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The team is inspecting its stadium with the next game scheduled there on Sept. 23 when the Hurricanes play host to Toledo at 3:30 p.m.

Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Neal Gulkis said Irma won’t affect the climax of the NASCAR racing season — Ford Championship Weekend on Nov. 17-19.

Irma caused “minor and cosmetic damage to non-essential parts of the speedway,” Gulkis said.

He added, “We’re ready to assist local officials in Miami-Dade County with any available resources to aid the community in the recovery efforts from the storm.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone throughout the state of Florida and elsewhere who have been impacted by this hurricane.”

Miami Herald staff writer David J. Neal contributed to this report

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