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Who's The Ross? Dolphins Owner Offers To Pay For Sun Life Stadium Renovations
Published March 11, 2014
BACK IN THE BIG GAME? In West Palm Beach, Hal Habib notes Ross and the South Florida bid committee were "disappointed when during a 10-minute span, owners awarded the 50th Super Bowl, in 2016, to the San Francisco Bay Area over Miami, then granted the 2017 game to Houston, again over Miami." Both votes were "via super majority, meaning Sun Life Stadium, which opened in 1987, was deemed so unfit for a Super Bowl it could not muster even nine of 32 votes." Dolphins radio play-by-play man Jimmy Cefalo said, "The NFL, I think, was very clear that they would not award us a Super Bowl without improvements to the stadium" (PALM BEACH POST, 3/11). In Ft. Lauderdale, Dave Hyde notes South Florida has "hosted a record-tying 10 Super Bowls ... but is now assured of going at least nine years without one (2010 was the most recent)." The "longest hosting gap was 10 years, from 1979-89, after the Orange Bowl was deemed no longer a viable venue" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 3/11). In Miami, Greg Cote writes Ross' decision to pay for the renovations "is a goodwill gesture that will help ... repair the public image of a franchise in dire need of that" (MIAMI HERALD, 3/11).