Haunting photos show the colorful ruins of the world’s first purpose built marine stadium where people would watch powerboat racing a half a century ago.
The Miami stadium could hold over 6,500 spectators and was also used to film Elvis Presley’s 1967 feature, Clambake.
It was designed in 1962 by Hilario Candela, a Cuban immigrant, and closed 1992 due to lack of maintenance. Then it became a hot-spot for street artists.
Photos by photographer Abandoned Southeast show the juxtaposition between the decaying stadium and the Miami skyline
The statium was designed in 1962 by Hilario Candela, a Cuban immigrant, and closed 1992 due to lack of maintenance
After the stadium’s closure, street artists flocked to the structure and covered nearly every inch in paint
The world’s first purpose built marine stadium could hold over 6,500 spectators to watch powerboat racing
The Miami stadium was used for televised events such as the ESPN All American Challenge Series
It was also used for the the Bill Muncey Invitational. In 2016, a contract for restoration work was approved
Nearly every blank space in the stadium is covered in graffiti. Photos show the now colorful 326-feet-long swooping concrete canopy, where crowds gathered to watch marine racing for over 30-years.
The decaying structure is juxtaposed against views of Miami’s high rise cityscape. But it won’t look like this for much longer. In 2016, a contract for restoration work was approved.
In it’s heyday, the stadium was used for televised events such as the ESPN All American Challenge Series and the Bill Muncey Invitational, a boat racing competition.
The photographer Abandoned Southeast said he gained entry to the stadium by buying the security guard lunch
The concrete stadium was the first in the world to be built to have powerboat racing competitions
Powerboat spectators had an incredible view of the Miami skyline from the stadium between 1962 and 1992
The decaying stadium will not look this way for long. In 2016, a contract for restoration work was approved
The graffiti covered stadium is well known in Miami according to Abandoned Southeast who took the haunting photos
The photos were taken at Virginia Key, Miami by photographer, Abandoned Southeast. To take his pictures, he used a Canon camera with a Tamron lens.
He said: ‘This marine stadium was the first ever in the world built for powerboat racing, it is so unique as it is made entirely out of concrete.’
‘This stadium is fairly well known so while I was visiting Miami I decided to stop by and see it.’
About the photo series of the stadium, Abandoned Southeast said: ‘I just want people to see the beauty in decay’
The powerboat racing stadium was featured in a scene of Elvis Presley’s 1967 film, Clambake
The photographer Abandoned Southeast said the stadium is one of the best places to view the Miami skyline
The photographer said he was granted entry after buying the security guard access.
‘I love the backdrop of downtown Miami with the abandoned stadium covered in graffiti. There is literally no concrete left to cover.’
‘People are amazed at the view from the stadium. It is one of the best places to view the city skyline in my opinion.’
‘I just want people to see the beauty in decay,’ added Abandoned Southeast.
‘I’ve always enjoyed exploring and got in to urban exploring a few years ago. Abandoned buildings are fun to explore since you never know what could be left behind.’