The Coral Gables firm of Richard Heisenbottle, responsible for the restoration of Miami City Hall and the ornate Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center, beat out two other teams competing for the job and is negotiating a contract, which will be covered by a $1 million state grant.
The Heisenbottle team, which includes nationally prominent engineering, landscape and theatrical consultants, would evaluate the 1963 stadium and design all improvements needed to reopen it as a multi-purpose venue, ranging from structural repairs to seating and lighting and sound systems. The team also includes the stadium’s original designer, Hilario Candela, as a special consulting architect.
However the city has yet to develop financing or operational plans for the estimated $37-million renovation.
Fresh off hosting the boat show this year, the stadium was once the regular home for concerts, powerboat races, and religious celebrations.