Hard Rock Stadium (Dolphins Stadium)
|27,397 (Lower ring)|
|34,736 (Upper ring)|
|3,198 (in 193 skyboxes) (VIP seats)|
|10,209 (Business seats)|
|150 (Press seats)|
|300 (Disabled seats)|
|Country||United States of America|
|Other names||Joe Robbie Stadium (1987–96), Pro Player Park (1996), Pro Player Stadium (1996–2005), Dolphins Stadium (2005-06), Dolphin Stadium (2006–09), Land Shark Stadium (2009–10), Sun Life Stadium (2010–16)|
|Inauguration||16/08/1987 (Miami Dolphins - Chicago Bears)|
|Renovations||1993, 2006-2007, 2009-2010, 2015-2016|
|Record attendance||80,120 (2013 BCS National Championship Game, 07/01/2013)|
|Design||Populous (1987), HOK Architecture (2016)|
|Cost||$ 115 million (1987), $550 million (2016)|
|Address||2269 N.W. 199th St., Miami, Florida 33056|
Description: Hard Rock Stadium
Construction of a brand new football stadium in Miami was the initiative of NFL team Dolphins founder Joe Robbie, who later became the building’s first name-bearer. After 21 seasons at the now demolished Orange Bowl near downtown, Dolphins relocated north. There, surrounded by massive parking sites, the desired stadium was built in 1987.
With two rings of general admission seating and over 200 private boxes, the stadium offered 75,000 seats. Its signature feature? The 8 spiral ramps, two in each corner of the stadium. Since Robbie was hopeful of drawing an MLB franchise to Miami, the stadium was built with field size able to accommodate baseball. And, just as planned, MLB team Marlins moved in by 1993.
In its initial layout the Miami stadium hosted three Super Bowl games (1989, 1995, 1999), later followed by the 2007 and 2010 editions. Both of the latter came as the stadium was changing. Not in capacity terms, but infrastructural ones. In 2006-2007 two large pavilions were added to expand spectator/hospitality/office facilities on the sides. In 2009-2010 similar change came on the southern end, leaving only the north one with its 1987-façade.
However the largest changes came as Marlins left the stadium in 2011. Since there was no more need for the wide field, reconfiguration of lower stands was planned and carried out in 2015. At the same time, upper corner sections were reduced to just several rows to make way for newer, much larger screens. No longer two, this time four were delivered, each of a massive size (520 m2).
While many fans were moved closer to the field and all received new seats for the 2015 NFL season, much greater alterations came in 2016. In just 9 months one of the continent’s most spectacular roofs was built. Independent of the stadium construction, eight pillars were erected to support 17,000 tons of steel and cladding! With 58,000 m2 of surface, the vast canopy is topped by four spires, each at 109 meters tall.
While impressive in size and helpful in securing the stadium’s 6th Super Bowl, the privately-funded project came at quite a price. Initially expected to stay within $350 million, eventually it consumed some $550 million.
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Miami: Reduced capacity, greater revenue
Revenue generated by Hard Rock Stadium already rose significantly and the growth doesn’t even include the lucrative naming rights deal.
Miami: $250 million for Hard Rock Stadium naming rights
For the next 18 years the home of Miami Dolphins will be named Hard Rock Stadium. The deal is worth $250 million and will help recoup excessive cost of the now-ending reconstruction.
Miami: Dolphins Stadium just days from opening
With less than a month before the first game, the New Miami Stadium is almost finished. Now with fresh grass and immense canopy, it becomes a major asset for Miami Dolphins and the Hurricanes.
Miami: Dolphins reconstruction delayed, season opening threatened
Upgrades to Sun Life Stadium are several weeks behind schedule. There’s no panic, but contingency plan is being drawn.
Miami: 14,000-ton roof to grow by August
Miami Dolphins have just finished their NFL season and since they didn’t make it to the playoff round, work can now go on at Sun Life Stadium. This summer the stadium will have one of USA’s largest roofs.
USA: Miami did the trick!
Their stadium revamp began in January and already today fans of Miami Dolphins will reopen Sun Life Stadium for NFL pre-season. The best for Dolphins fans is reportedly yet to come.
Miami: Living room experience inside the stadium
The comfort of your own living room combined with the experience of a full stadium. This idea of Miami Dolphins comes as latest temptation to richest fans out there. Expected to sell out before opening.
New construction: Sun Life Stadium
Monday saw the first construction crews arrive on site and begin removing seats. Divided into phases, redevelopment of Miami Dolphins home ground will last until mid-2016.
Miami: Sun Life Stadium revamp approved
Miami-Dade Comission decided to approve the second proposed scheme for Sun Life Stadium revamp. Works should begin within weeks and last until mid-2016.
Miami: New Deal for Sun Life Stadium revamp?
Previous financial scheme for the Sun Life revamp failed. Now Miami-Dade mayor announced a new deal with the Dolphins’ owner is almost ready for signing. But can it go through?
New design: Sun Life funded privately, then reverted to county?
Miami’s Sun Life Stadium is making headlines as its owner proposed an interesting deal to local authorities. Billionaire Stephen Ross agreed to fund the overhaul on condition that the county will take over as new owners. Dreamy deal? Not just yet…
USA: Players and coaches with microphones?
In an attempt to bring more fans to NFL games, the league authorities are planning to plant microphones onto players and coaches, allowing everyone to hear what they say. According to Sports Business Journal, it’s a matter of a couple upcoming seasons.
USA: What’s better for matchday experience than a camera in the changing rooms?
American Football league NFL continues its efforts to compete with TV broadcasting. In another attempt to get fans off their couches and into the stands, the league has just mandated… changing room cameras.