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BackgroundEdit

The park was built in the late 1960s on the site of the former Tamiami Airport, which was rebuilt as a larger airport south in Kendall. Growth of the surrounding area and the nearby flight path for Miami International Airport forced the relocation of the municipal airport.

The Fair Expo Center, site of the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, is located on the eastern side of the park. A swimming pool was built in the mid 1970s equipped with state of the art solar panels to heat the water. Pope John Paul II held an open-air mass for 150,000 people in September 1987.[1] Tamiami Stadium (sometimes called Tamiami Field) was located in the park until 1995, when FIU Stadium was built on the south end of the campus. The Miami Toros of the North American Soccer League played there during the 1976 season. The Toros also used the field for one playoff game in 1974.[2][3][4]

Auto racingEdit

A CART series race was held at the facility from 1985-1988. (See Grand Prix of Miami).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Miami officials who met Pope John Paul II share world's grief (2005), by Ana Rodriguez-Soto, retrieved February 1, 2006. Archived October 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "St. Petersburg Times - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  3. ^ "St. Petersburg Times - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2206&dat=19740814&id=UDw0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=yesFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4148,1615343&hl=en

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