By 11:30 a.m. today, the Charlie Daniels concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the park's amphitheater also was canceled. The park has been damaged by today's downpour. Derek Cosson, a city spokesman, said the Maritime Park’s retention pond backed up and flooded Main Street, prompting police to close the road.
The electrical rooms for the stadium and amphitheater have flooded, he said. Crews were working on the situation around 2:20 p.m. City officials did not announce a makeup date for the grand opening.
Gov. Rick Scott was to join local dignitaries today at the grand opening of the multiuse stadium and Community Maritime Park in downtown Pensacola. The all-day event had somethng for everyone: from foot races and hamburger-eating contests to hot air balloon rides and live concerts.
The AA baseball team, the Blue Wahoos, have been planing at the multiuse stadium since April 5. The team has had several sellouts in its inaugural season in Pensacola.
“It’s huge,” said Community Maritime Park Associates Chairman Collier Merrill. “The park is going to be a great, huge addition to Pensacola and the surrounding areas.” The day’s activities had planned to include an arts festival and live performances on the community stage, along with a chance for attendees to explore the park.
A highlight was to be when the Pensacola Blue Wahoos baseball team was going to host the Heater Hamburger Eating Contest on the stadium’s right field deck. Scott was expected to be at the park to meet and greet visitors. He was last in Pensacola in May when he attended the annual Crawfish Festival.