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SUN LIFE STADIUM

MIAMI, FL

When one thinks of cities that host the Super Bowl, Miami is one city that is likely to come to mind. This is because the city has hosted ten Super Bowls, five at Sun Life Stadium and five at the Orange Bowl. In 1966 the Miami Dolphins joined the NFL as an expansion franchise under the ownership of Joe Robbie. They played at the Orange Bowl, a 72,000 seat stadium they shared with the Miami Hurricanes (NCAA). In the late 1970s and early 1980s after playing at the Orange Bowl for two decades, Dolphins owner, Joe Robbie, began lobbying for a new stadium for his team. After voters continually rejected tax increases for a stadium to be built, Robbie decided build the stadium himself. Construction began in December 1985. Funding for stadium construction include luxury suite and club seat sales, private funds and long term agreements with season ticket holders. Completed in under two years, the stadium was originally named after Joe Robbie.

The Miami Dolphins played their first game at Joe Robbie Stadium on August 16, 1987. Joe Robbie Stadium was a major upgrade from the Orange Bowl. The state of the art facility has 75,000 orange and teal seats that enclose the field. The numerous circular ramps and escalators make accessibility to any seat very easy. Two high-definition video boards are located above the rim of the upper deck of each end zone. In 1990, in an effort to bring MLB baseball to Florida, Wayne Huizenga purchased 50% of Joe Robbie Stadium. In 1991, MLB awarded Miami a team, the Florida Marlins, who began playing in 1993. Joe Robbie Stadium now became a multipurpose facility. When the stadium was built for the Dolphins, Joe Robbie insisted on a rectangular grandstand layout that was wider than needed for football, believing that baseball would one day come to Miami. The seats in the lower level on the north side of the stadium become retractable, so the field can be configured for baseball. For 21 season the Marlins played at the stadium before moving into their own ballpark in 2012. In 1996, Joe Robbie Stadium was renamed Pro Player Stadium, after Pro Player bought the naming rights to the stadium. In January 2005, owner of the Dolphins, Wayne Huizenga, announced that Pro Player Stadium would be renamed Dolphin Stadium. Huizenga also announced that the stadium would be renovated and enlarged. The $300 million project, completed in 2010 included remodeling the club level and luxury suites, new scoreboards and additional parking. In May 2009, the stadium's naming rights were bought by Land Shark Lager, a beer that Jimmy Buffett markets in a deal with Anheuser-Busch. The stadium name reverted back to Dolphin Stadium, briefly, after the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl. Prior to Super Bowl XLIV, the Dolphins and Sun Life Financial reached an agreement to rename the stadium, Sun Life Stadium. The five year deal is worth $7.5 million annually. The stadium has been the host to two World Series in 1998 and 2003, and four Super Bowls in 1989, 1995, 1999 and 2010. In January 2013, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross unveiled plans to renovate Sun Life Stadium in order to make the facility competitive to host future Super Bowls, college football championship games and as the home of the Miami Dolphins. The estimated $400 million project would include reconfiguring the lower deck, pushing the seating closer to the field, new HD video/scoreboards in the stadium corners and an open-air canopy, shielding fans from the elements while keeping the playing field exposed. Private funds would cover the majority of construction costs with an estimated completion date of 2015 if the project is approved.

FACTS & FIGURES
-Tenant: Miami Dolphins
-Capacity: 76,500
-Surface: Grass
-Opened: August 16, 1987
-Naming Rights: Sun Life Financial
-Architect: Populus
-Cost: $115 Million
-Public Financing: 90%
-Private Financing: 10%
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SUPER BOWL XXIII
San Francisco 49ers vs Cincinnati Bengals
January 22, 1989
FINAL SCORE: 49ers - 20, Bengals - 16 MVP: Jerry Rice
SUPER BOWL XXIX
San Diego Chargers vs San Francisco 49ers
January 29, 1995
FINAL SCORE: 49ers - 49, Chargers - 26 MVP: Steve Young
SUPER BOWL XXXIII
Denver Broncos vs Atlanta Falcons
January 31, 1999
FINAL SCORE: Broncos - 34, Falcons - 19 MVP: John Elway
SUPER BOWL XLI
Indianapolis Colts vs Chicago Bears
February 4, 2007
FINAL SCORE: Colts - 29, Bears - 17 MVP: Peyton Manning
SUPER BOWL XLIV
New Orleans Saints vs Indianapolis Colts
February 7, 2010
FINAL SCORE: Saints - 31, Colts - 17 MVP: Drew Brees
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