Miami Florida Miami Dolphins
Originally called Joe Robbie Stadium, the first game of the Miami Dolphins was played on August 16, 1987. It started as the home of the University of Miami Hurricanes until 2008, when the Hurricanes moved to Hard Rock Stadium. The Marlins played there until they moved to their own ballpark, Marlins Park, in 2012. After several areas of the facility were rebuilt over the years and the Marlins moved out, it became clear that the stadium needed a major overhaul to compete with other NFL stadiums and host future Super Bowls.
The first phase included restructuring the lower deck, bringing the stands 24 feet closer to the pitch and removing the upper deck (reducing the seating capacity to 65,326). The field itself is retractable, so it can be configured for baseballs.
Numerous round ramps and escalators make access to the seats child's play, and there are two video boards on the edge of the upper deck end zone. Behind the stands there is a canopy with four towers rising from four corners.
The Orange Bowl has been home to the Hurricanes since 1987 and is home to the Miami Hurricanes football team and the University of Miami Dolphins football program. The stadium is the second largest football stadium in the United States, behind only Mercedes-Benz Stadium in New York City.
A $500 million project financed by the team was completed in two phases beginning in the 2014 season. Joe Robbie Stadium is a major upgrade from the Orange Bowl, with 75,000 orange and crystal-colored seats surrounding the field. The project has made the facility one of the NFL's premier stadiums and is expected to be completed before the start of the season. According to a press release, the 2016 NFL season is over.
When Joe Robbie built the stadium for the Dolphins, he insisted on a rectangular grandstand that was wider than football needed, convinced that baseball would one day come to Miami. In January 2013, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross unveiled plans that dramatically changed the look and atmosphere of the stadiums.
In August 2016, the team sold the naming rights to the Hard Rock Cafe for $250 million over 18 years. Wayne Huizenga acquired 50% of Joe Robbie Stadium with the intention of bringing MLB baseball to Florida.