In 2012, Marlins Park introduced a new contemporary ballpark style which is designed to make the fan experience the present-day culture of the surrounding city. Unlike retro ballparks, neither the interior nor the exterior feels nostalgic. It embraces new technologies and immerses fans in design that is inspired by the unique features and trends of its own city.
In 2012, after 2 decades of the retro style dominating ballpark architecture, something radical occurred. A new type of design emerged in 2012 with the opening of Marlins Park in Miami. This latest style's purpose is to make the fan experience the present-day culture of the stadium's surrounding city or area, and rejects the basic notion of retro. Stadium planners are calling the style \"contemporary\".
Unlike retro ballparks, neither the interior nor the exterior of a contemporary park feels nostalgic for historic stadiums of the early 20th century. Contemporary parks do not feature classic elements. However, contemporary design does retain the close-proximity seating to the field favored by ticket patrons, and retains some uniqueness to the outfield walls of the retro style.
Instead of copying building materials and color schemes from other ballparks, a contemporary ballpark's design is primarily inspired by the unique features and forward trends of its own city. It embraces new technologies and immerses visitors in the city that the park represents by making bold use of contemporary materials, a sculptural exterior, dazzling bright colors, and artwork that create the look and feel of the particular city's contemporary decor.