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Shaded Seats at loanDepot park

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loanDepot Park (formerly Marlins Park) serves as the home of the Miami Marlins. This modern stadium boasts a retractable roof, providing relief from Miami’s hot and humid climate. Miami is internationally known as a beach city but many locals prefer climate controlled air conditioning for pro sports. For that and other logistical reasons, the Marlins play a majority of home games with the roof closed. But on nice days the Marlins open the roof, so it’s important to know where the  shaded seats at loanDepot park are located.

Where are the shaded seats at loanDepot park?

When the roof is open, the seats in the shade at loanDepot park are located:

  • Right Field Corner: Shaded during afternoon games
  • 1st Base Line: Late afternoon and evening shade
  • Under Cover: Rows under an overhang or permanent roof sections are shaded

For the 2024 season, the Marlins primarily play day games (1:40 p.m.), late afternoon games (4:10 p.m.), and evening games (6:40 p.m. or 7:10 p.m.), with a handful of other start times mixed in. Summer in South Florida is infamously hot and humid with frequent thunderstorms. The roof at loanDepot park is typically only open on ideal weather days. Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared!

loanDepot park Orientation to the Sun

loanDepot park is oriented to the southeast. That means the sun rises in the morning behind the left field wall, curves around the right field foul pole at mid-day, and sets behind home plate. When the roof is open, this configuration makes the 1st base side of the park the “shade side,” while the 3rd base side and left field are the sunny spots. 

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

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Seats in the Shade at Marlins Afternoon Games

When the Marlins play a day game, the sun will begin high above the right field corner. For shade seekers, the best place to avoid the sun is in the 300-level, specifically along the 1st base line in sections 304-309. Seats here are under cover, thanks to the retractable roof. Of course, Marlins games usually don’t sell out and fans may prefer a closer view. At field level, right field sections 34-40 can be a decent spot for day games. The back rows of these sections will be protected by the overhang from the seats above. Fans in these seats will also have the sun at their backs as the game progresses. By the late innings, the sun will be positioned near 1st base, giving relief to a majority of the seats along the 1st base line, especially those seated further back from the field.

Conversely, shade seekers should avoid seats in left field and deep down the 3rd base line. In left field, seats at the back of sections 28-32 are under the cover of a permanent roof section. However, over the course of the game, the sun will slowly start to shift and shine on more and more rows here. If you want to sit in the outfield, right field is a superior choice.

Roof open at Marlins Park

When the roof is open for a Marlins game, the 1st base line is the “shade side” of of the park, while seats on the 3rd base line and left field are exposed to the sun.
Photo by Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Marlins Evening Games

If the temperature is mild and there’s no rain in the forecast, the Marlins may keep the roof open for an evening game. During the summer months, the sun typically sets between 8:00 and 8:30 p.m., meaning the Marlins can play several innings before it gets dark.

At first pitch, the sun is positioned behind the 1st base dugout, casting shadows over large sections of the 1st base line and the area around home plate. 200-level and 300-level seats in these areas of the park have their back to the sun and are protected from it. Even most field-level seats in sections 1-18 are comfortably shaded. However, the further down the 3rd base line you sit, the longer you’ll be in the sun and may experience some late day glare.

Seats in the Shade When the loanDepot park Roof is Closed

When the roof is closed, shade isn’t a major concern. loanDepot park has large windows over the left field wall providing a view of the Miami skyline, but the orientation of the stadium means the sun will never shine directly through during game time. The opaque roof does an excellent job of blocking out the sun just about everywhere in the park.

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