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Dolphins Present County New Deal For Stadium Upgrades In Hopes Of Securing Funds
Published February 2, 2011
TRYING TO STAY COMPETITIVE: In Miami, Armando Salguero reported the "amount of money the Dolphins need for their upgrades here is $200 million, not the previously stated $250 million." The money would be used to upgrade the stadium’s “original 1987 lighting that has to be improved for the benefit of modern television technology.” The money would also go toward upgrading what Dee called an "inadequate" video system infrastructure. In addition, it would “bring a number of seats 18 feet closer to the field and add 3,500 seats, thereby increasing the number of seats between the goal lines.” But the money would “go, most notably, toward building a canopy-type roof over the stadium that would guard fans against the elements while still allowing the playing surface to remain out in the elements.” Dee: "Doing all those things would bring us just above the Mendoza line, or in the zip code of where we need to be as a facility capable of attracting Super Bowl and BCS title games." Dee added that the upgrades “would also add approximately 30 years of shelf life to Sun Life Stadium.” Dee: "Facilities have come online that are newer and perhaps more attractive to the NFL. Dallas is going to be competing for Super Bowls over the longterm. It won't be a one-off award to Dallas. … We take the possibility that we could be out of the Super Bowl rotation as real.” Salguero noted the “approach the Dolphins want to see South Florida take is that the league's biggest game comes to town perhaps every four to five years,” and Dee indicated that “that will not happen unless Sun Life is upgraded” (MIAMIHERALD.com, 2/1).