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Dolphins pushing for stadium improvements

For the second time this year, the Dolphins are beginning to quietly make a push for a improvements to their stadium, which has had too many different names to keep track of.

Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald reports the team hired a polling firm to gauge support for improvements.  They tried (and failed) to increase the local hotel tax to help fund improvements seven months ago.  Now Dolphins CEO Mike Dee reportedly met with Miami Beach’s mayor in an effort to tie stadium improvements to a local push to rebuild the local convention center.

The NFL could have an impact on the measure’s success.  South Florida is “due” for another Super Bowl in 2015 or so.  If the league doesn’t award the game to the area when they meet in May, it will lend credence to the following statement:

“We’re
not getting more Super Bowls, and we’re not getting more Pro Bowls and
we’re not getting more events of great consequence if we don’t somehow
respond to the need for improvements” team lobbyist Ron Book said
Wednesday.

That’s a quote that could be used against any bid for the big game until the Dolphins can find the money for improvements.

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16 Responses to “Dolphins pushing for stadium improvements”
  1. getagrip says: Oct 22, 2010 11:53 AM

    Dolphins fan. Live in Miami.
    Use your own damn money, Steve. Find another celebrity minority owner, maybe.

  2. FinFan6886 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:37 PM

    They should fund it themselves, although a slight increase in the hotel tax does not have a significant impact on the taxpayers. As for what to improve, they can start by getting rid of the damn infield dirt for the September and the rare October games when the Marlins are still playing. There is not much wrong with the stadium as a whole but the NFL wants luxuries and amenities to lure the fatcats to the big game. The NFL should take some of their $30B+ profits and build a 150,000 seat super stadium in Las Vegas (take the best ideas from the current stadiums) and play all the superbowls there. Give a percentage of those profits made to each team specifically for stadium enhancements. The SB is a league event and it shouldn’t really be moved around in only 6-7 stadiums because those sites have the local infrastructure (and weather) to support it.

  3. rasalas says: Oct 22, 2010 1:03 PM

    The Dolphins did get rid of the infield dirt (using newly laid sod) for its home games against the Jets and the Patriots.

  4. Ron says: Oct 22, 2010 1:13 PM

    the Dolphins owner is the second richest owner
    in the NFL .The real estate portfolio of his company is now valued in excess of $15 billion and Ross himself has a personal net worth, according to Forbes magazine, of $4.5 billion.
    Yet he wants public money
    what a first class douche bag

  5. Devoe1129 says: Oct 22, 2010 1:19 PM

    The NFL could have an impact on the measure’s success.  South Florida is “due” for another Super Bowl in 2015 or so.
    How about 2016 or so? 2015 superbowl must be held in a NFC stadium. Unless Miami is due to receive a 2nd team anytime soon, I’d put it down as a Maimi Super Bowl in 2016. Which gives them a little more time, atleast 2 more selection processes away before having to make a decision.

  6. AdamG says: Oct 22, 2010 1:30 PM

    Dear Ron and Getagrip,
    First of all, go read a book about how much debt an NFL owner can take on. Also, is Mr. Ross suppose to sell his property and THEN pay for improvements? Good call sir because this RE market is so liquid these days. (Cough) I have a trivia question for you both. How many NFL stadiums in the country were funded 100% privately? One. You guessed it! Good old Joe Robbie Stadium. This is first time they have ever asked for public funding. Not to mention, Mr. Ross spent a crap load of money on these little known guys named Marshall and Dansby. Oh yea, he’s building a massive waterpark across the street. Public money? They deserve it. And Mr. Dolphins fan, its hotel and tourist taxes that pay for it. Not you dummy. Thanks.
    -Cognizant Dolphins Fan

  7. hnirobert says: Oct 22, 2010 1:31 PM

    This team is more interested in hosting Super Bowls and have celebrity owners than putting a good product on the field. Let’s win a playoff game and we’ll talk about public funding.

  8. Variable says: Oct 22, 2010 1:32 PM

    NFL team owners tend to live by the creed that socialism is for them and that capitalism is for everyone else.

  9. SomeFans says: Oct 22, 2010 2:07 PM

    Miami has hosted more Super Bowls than any other City for good reasons… and this will continue regardless of yet another face lift.
    All these “lobbyists” should be hung from a tree along with the jet trolls.
    I realise some uninformed people do not know that aprox. $225M was just spent on improvements. The issue is a roof, which makes no sense as a retrograde to an existing stadium.

  10. MightyMightyLAFootball says: Oct 22, 2010 2:34 PM

    Miami fans already pay for the stadium by way of tickets sale et al (Ross owns most of the team and the stadium), and now he want Miami residents (inc. those who couldn’t give a &@^! about football) to pony up?
    Hey, the man didn’t get rich by using his own cash – amiright?

  11. miamifan00 says: Oct 22, 2010 2:37 PM

    Ticket prices keep going up, TV contracts have gone up significantly, parking and food prices have increased. The Dolphins bring a lot of revenue to the state of Florida, especially South Florida, but they need to handle these renovations in house. The NFL holds Super Bowls in random cities to reward cities for building new stadiums like a carrot on a horse. The NFL put out this quote because Ross asked them to, to help get public financing. They make hundreds of millions of dollars annually, they can afford 250 million financed over 20 years.
    Those of you who wish to keep giving more and more money to professional sports franchises so they can profit more money are delusional. Taxes for hotels are already sky high, and if we want to increase those taxes I can think of a number of budget deficits South Florida could benefit much greater. Stop feeling bad for billionaires. I just don’t get it.

  12. DenverFinFAn says: Oct 22, 2010 3:00 PM

    1st off why are the Miami Dolphins even concerned about making upgrades just so two other NFL teams can play the Super Bowl there? I think there 1st concern should be winning at home. Even with upgrades, without victories at home who is going to continue to pay high prices to watch a team get beat every time at home?

  13. georgeanderson says: Oct 22, 2010 5:45 PM

    Playing the Dolphins is like adding an extra home game to a teams schedule. Just look at the crowd shots from their game against the Steelers on Sunday, it will be Steeler Life Stadium.
    Don’t spend millions of dollars on a venue that will be viable only during football season, it will sit dormant from January until late August once the Marlins move. Dade county should not crumble to the threats of Ross and his contingent. They can generate money in other ways to make these improvements. Piggybacking on a bill to get funding for the convention center is shameful. The convention center needs a face lift as it is a viable economic resource for the county 365. There are other issues that need to be addressed in the county before hundreds of millions of dollars go towards improving the stadium in Miami Gardens. If you keep raising hotel taxes you are going to drive business elsewhere.

  14. RexRyanHasntSeenHisDinkySince1987 says: Oct 22, 2010 7:19 PM

    AdamG says:
    October 22, 2010 1:30 PM
    Dear Ron and Getagrip,
    First of all, go read a book about how much debt an NFL owner can take on. Also, is Mr. Ross suppose to sell his property and THEN pay for improvements? Good call sir because this RE market is so liquid these days. (Cough) I have a trivia question for you both. How many NFL stadiums in the country were funded 100% privately? One. You guessed it! Good old Joe Robbie Stadium. This is first time they have ever asked for public funding. Not to mention, Mr. Ross spent a crap load of money on these little known guys named Marshall and Dansby. Oh yea, he’s building a massive waterpark across the street. Public money? They deserve it. And Mr. Dolphins fan, its hotel and tourist taxes that pay for it. Not you dummy. Thanks.
    -Cognizant Dolphins Fan
    __________________________________
    Ahem, make that 2 stadiums privately funded. One Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA was built and paid for out of the pocket of Robert Kraft. I will concede that there was tax payer funding for some infrastructure around the stadium (about $75 mil if I remember correctly), but the actual stadium, was 100% paid for by the Krafts ($360 mil, or there about)…just saying.

  15. dolphan305 says: Oct 24, 2010 6:29 AM

    I do see everyones point of view in this matter, but the last two superbowls in miami have brought in enough money that we should as a county take a look at all the revenues we miss when super bowls are not here. Last february was the best month of revenues for most hotels in miami beach and broward! By the mere fact that revenues for hotels and restaurants double, or triple due only to the super bowl crowd I would thing that these industries would be in favor to this request from the Dolphins and their stadium. I also believe that the money been spent in the new marlins stadium would’ve been better spent at Sun Life Stadium, but that is only because I know in less than 10 years the marlins are going to cry bankrupcy so they can get out of town and leave miami with debt and an unusuable building.

  16. dolphan305 says: Oct 24, 2010 8:13 PM

    I do see everyones point of view in this matter, but the last two superbowls in miami have brought in enough money that we should as a county take a look at all the revenues we miss when super bowls are not here. Last february was the best month of revenues for most hotels in miami beach and broward! By the mere fact that revenues for hotels and restaurants double, or triple due only to the super bowl crowd I would thing that these industries would be in favor to this request from the Dolphins and their stadium. I also believe that the money been spent in the new marlins stadium would’ve been better spent at Sun Life Stadium, but that is only because I know in less than 10 years the marlins are going to cry bankrupcy so they can get out of town and leave miami with debt and an unusuable building.

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