It’s an annual highlight of the marine industry each season: the prestigious Miami International Boat Show. It’s certainly a spectacle to behold, with vessels of every shape and size on display alongside just about every conceivable piece of gear to go along with them. And the staff of the ECBC will be right there in the midst of it all. “We look forward to the Miami show every year,” says tournament director Adam Alfonso. “It’s a good way to kick-start the season and it also gives us a chance to meet with our existing and prospective tournament sponsors and teams along the way. And it’s hard to beat South Beach in February too.” The dates for this year’s show are Feb. 12-16, 2015.
And while it’s been held at the Miami Beach Convention Center for decades, the show’s venue will change due to planned renovations. The 2016 and 2017 shows will move to the grounds outside the historic Miami Marine Stadium. The city of Miami has approved a plan to spend up to $16 million and according to the Miami Herald, the funds will pay for improvements to a 15-acre area outside the waterfront stadium, including seven undeveloped acres that will be paved, lined with utilities and covered with artificial turf. The plan doesn’t include any funding for renovation of the stadium itself, which has been closed since 1992. The deal also calls for the show to pay the city $1.1 million per year in rent plus half of net concessions and parking sales from the show.
“In 2016, the Miami International Boat Show will mark 75 years in Miami, and I’m not sure there’s a better way to commemorate the significance of this historic annual tradition than by bringing the show to Miami Marine Stadium Park, uniting two of Miami’s most celebrated boating destinations,” said NMMA President Thom Dammrich. “With its deep water basin, plentiful water access, availability and ease of parking, transient dockage, and water taxis, Miami Marine Stadium Park will add a new level of excitement to the boat show, while paving the way for the restoration of one of the City’s treasured public lands.”