Dolphins Release Epic New Renderings of Sun Life Stadium Upgrades

Driving up to a 'Fins game like...
Driving up to a 'Fins game like...
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The Miami Dolphins have released the most detailed look yet at what exactly all these upgrades to Sun Life Stadium will entail. In addition to things like a roof and new HD lighting, there will also be revamped concourses, new bar and restaurant areas, and in-stadium couches and arm chairs.

See also: Dolphins Reach Stadium Upgrade Deal: Up To $5 Million a Year in Event "Finder's Fees"

Here are some highlights:

What the stadium will look like in the 2015 season.
What the stadium will look like in the 2015 season.
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...and the inside in 2016, complete with the new canopy roof.
...and the inside in 2016, complete with the new canopy roof.
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And here's a new luxury seating area known as "The Field." Look at those in-stadium arm chairs!
And here's a new luxury seating area known as "The Field." Look at those in-stadium arm chairs!
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Sketches for a restaurant called "The 72 Club," because no Dolphins project is complete without reference to that '72 perfect season.
Sketches for a restaurant called "The 72 Club," because no Dolphins project is complete without reference to that '72 perfect season.
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"The Nine" includes in-stadium couches.
"The Nine" includes in-stadium couches.
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Even the new open-to-everyone concourses look fancy.
Even the new open-to-everyone concourses look fancy.
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Another bar/restaurant area called the Sideline Club
Another bar/restaurant area called the Sideline Club
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The additions are currently underway with the first round of renovations set to be ready by next season. You can expect new seating to be installed by then as well. The 2016 season will see the debut of the new roof, and the full shebang will debut in 2017.

The renovations are being paid for by team owner Stephen Ross -- technically. The Miami-Dade County commission agreed to pay the Dolphins a "finder's fee" for hosting various big-ticket events. The team can collect up to $5 million a year, with a Super Bowl worth $4 million, a college football national championship game worth $3 million, $2 million for college playoff games, and $750,000 for other certain special category sporting events. That could include international soccer games that sell more than 55,000 tickets.

Of course, the main reason the Dolphins pushed for stadium upgrades in the first place is because NFL brass indicated that Miami would not be in the running for any future Super Bowl unless it fixed its stadium. Indeed, Miami has not hosted a Super Bowl since 2009 though it has bid for other games.

Miami has hosted 10 Super Bowls in total, currently tied for the most with New Orleans. The next game Miami will be able to bid for is 2019.


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