After multiple failed efforts to get public money or tax breaks to help pay for much-needed upgrades at Sun Life Stadium, the Dolphins have commenced the process of making the renovations by paying for the changes on their own.
As explained by the team’s official website, the project launched on Saturday morning. Due to be completed by the start of the 2016 season, the venue will have new seats, a new shade canopy, new video boards, and concourse and concession improvements.
“Today is an exciting day for the Miami Dolphins and South Florida as we mark the beginning of our comprehensive stadium modernization project,” Dolphins president and CEO Tom Garfinkel said. “Once complete, the stadium will serve as a global destination that will bring a diverse set of world-class events and significant economic benefits to Miami-Dade County.”
The Dolphins will get public monday in the form of grants tied to world-class events lured to town. It won’t be nearly as much as the team wanted in the form of taxpayer dollars, but it’s better than nothing.
The NFL has said that South Florida won’t host another Super Bowl until upgrades are made. After getting the game twice in a three-year span, Miami has been shut out since 2009. The game can return to Sun Life Stadium in 2019, at the earliest.