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Miami-Dade Commissioner: Sun Life Stadium "Absolutely" Needs Renovations
Published November 26, 2012
COMPETING FACTORS: In West Palm Beach, Ben Volin noted the Dolphins are “competing against just one other city for the game, but it is a daunting opponent -- San Francisco, which hosted the game just once (1985) but has a brand new $1 billion stadium on the way, loaded with high-tech gadgets and other conveniences to enhance the fan experience.” Dee on Wednesday said, “You picture what our opponents may do, being in the technology hub of the United States. We can’t treat it like any other Super Bowl, nor is it a right that we have to expect that we’re going to get it. We’ve got to have a game plan to commemorate this Super Bowl in a way that other bids haven’t included.” He added, “We’ve got to have a plan and we’ve got to have dialogue with the community to see if there’s an appetite for that (public money). We’re going to put this (Super Bowl) bid in with the best stadium we can. If that means the stadium in its current form, so be it, but we’ve got more work to do on that front.” Volin noted one improvement to Sun Life Stadium that is “already close to completion is the installation of high-density wireless internet throughout the stadium and parking lots, courtesy of AT&T” (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 11/22). Dee said, “We read the paper and watch television and listen to the fans. That’s why we haven’t made a decision if we would move forward” with requesting public funding. He added, “We’re studying everything and hope to have something in 30 to 60 days” (MIAMI HERALD, 11/22).