Miami International Boat Show moving to make way for renovations

The Miami International Boat Show will have a new home for at least two years as the Miami Beach Convention Center is renovated.

The show will be hosted outside the Miami Marine stadium for 2016 and 2017, the Miami Herald reported.

During the convention center's renovation, scheduled to start after the 2015 show, only half of the center will be open at a time. The parking lot, where many companies display as well, will also not be available.

The Miami Marine stadium, which has been closed since 1992, is in the midst of a large financing effort by groups looking to restore the facility, which is "widely regarded as an architectural and engineering jewel with no match in the world," according to the Herald.

“The rebirth of Miami Marine Stadium, one of Miami’s most iconic and beloved marine venues, is a nod to the significance and rich history of Miami’s boating lifestyle and to the immense possibilities for Miami’s vibrant boating community," Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, said in a statement to Boating Industry. "The Miami International Boat Show has been the premier gathering place for more than 100,000 boaters who travel from around the globe each year to create life-long memories while taking in the largest boat show in the world. Calling Miami Marine Stadium a home in 2016 and 2017 unites two of the City’s most celebrated boating institutions and solidifies Miami’s place on the map as an international boating destination. From its deep water and plentiful water access to the availability and ease of parking, transient dockage, and water taxis, Miami Marine Stadium has the potential to add a new level of excitement to the boat show.”

Dammrich and Cathy Rick-Joule, vice president of boat shows for NMMA, will appear along with Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and others involved in the restoration effort at a news conference Thursday to discuss the move.

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