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WP: Miami Marlins lose opener to St. Louis Cardinals, but gaudy new ballpark takes center stage

"The taxpayer is on the hook for the stadium," said Norman Braman, a local billionaire who sued unsuccessfully to prevent county redevelopment funds from being used on the ballpark. "I hope for the sake of the taxpayer the team is successful." "It was a bad deal," said Marc Sarnoff, one of the Miami city commissioners who opposed the stadium. "If you analyzed this deal in terms of economics 101, there’s no ungodly way you could have voted for it."

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