Jump to content

Dolphins change name of PPS to Dolphins Stadium


marlinfan

Recommended Posts

Linky

Quotes of note:

The renovation will be rolled out in three phases because the stadium?s existing commitment to the Florida Marlins prevents a more immediate implementation plan. Projects currently under consideration for Phase I will include a remodeled Club Level and luxury suites, new state-of-the-art scoreboards, covered exhibition space that would be event-ready and would serve as an additional parking structure adjacent to the stadium, better traffic flow in and out of the stadium, improved pedestrian access and relocation of the Dolphins business offices to the stadium. These privately funded enhancements are estimated to cost between $100 to $125 million.
Phase II, which could not commence until the relocation of the Marlins, would potentially include expansion of the stadium concourses, a permanent or retractable roof, additional seating capacity, greatly expanded exhibition space and parking structures to augment those built in Phase I, upgraded press capabilities for major events, video studios, and fiber optic and satellite communications. This phase also could include retail shops, restaurants, and entertainment areas in a Main Street format. These improvements would cost approximately $200 to $300 million in private funds.
Phase III projects under consideration will serve other elements of the South Florida community on a daily basis and provide economic stimulation and an increased tax base. These proposals include a mixed use development of an office complex, a hotel that would enhance the stadium?s ability to attract world-class sports and entertainment events and potentially a residential component. Also under consideration are additional destination retail shops, restaurants, and entertainment areas, also in a Main Street format, and a Hall of Fame.
Dolphins Enterprises has hired the Hammes Company to develop the master concept for the renovations and additions to Dolphins Stadium. Hammes was involved in the renovation of Lambeau Field in Green Bay and the development of Ford Field in Detroit

Nice to see Huizinga is finally spending all that money he receives from the Marlins.

Also nice to see he will add the roof AFTER the Marlins leave. This is great for that area.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think it would great if this happens, especially considering that it will all be done in private funds.

Get out! A stadium without tax dollars? Whoda thunk it?

And because of this the NFL is threatening to move the Dolphins... dangit wrong league

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think it would great if this happens, especially considering that it will all be done in private funds.

Get out! A stadium without tax dollars? Whoda thunk it?

And because of this the NFL is threatening to move the Dolphins... dangit wrong league

Pro Player gets name change, Marlins Ballpark Update

01/10/2005 7:25 PM ET

Pro Player gets name change

By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com

MIAMI -- Same stadium. Different name.

There will be some changes at Marlins home games this season, namely the name.

On Monday, Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga officially announced that Pro Player Stadium will now be known as Dolphins Stadium.

Huizenga is the owner of the stadium, which plays host to the NFL's Dolphins and the Marlins.

The name change is part of a massive renovation the stadium will undertake. Through private funds, the stadium will be given more than $100 million worth of upgrades, preparing the facility for future Super Bowls and Orange Bowls. There are talks of either making the stadium a dome or adding a retractable roof. And the project includes remodeling of the Club Level and luxury suites, new scoreboards and additional parking.

More renovations, totaling about $300 million, will take place once the Marlins find a new home.

The Marlins, about to open their 13th season, have played in the stadium since their inaugural 1993 campaign.

Huizenga is the Marlins' original owner, and he has a World Series championship from 1997.

Originally named Joe Robbie Stadium, Huizenga sold the naming rights to the now-defunct Pro Player apparel company in 1999.

The Marlins have a year-to-year lease with Huizenga, who says they will not be able to renew once the current agreement expires in 2010.

The Marlins are trying to finalize their own stadium, and continue negotiations with the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County. The proposed 38,000-seat, retractable-roof stadium would sit next to the Orange Bowl near downtown Miami.

Marlins president David Samson is working towards completing a local financial package sometime this month. Once the local portion is completed, the team plans to seek the remaining $30 million from the state of Florida. The state legislature convenes in March.

In order to secure the long-term future of the franchise in South Florida, the Marlins are seeking to be playing in their own ballpark no later than the 2008 season.

The newly named Dolphins Stadium hosted the 2005 Orange Bowl for the BCS National Championship. USC defeated Oklahoma in that game, claiming the national college football title.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Huizenga has been trying to kill the Marlins since he sold the team. A new park would make his dream almost impossible. He also has to replace all the money he gets from the current deal with the Marlins. He sees the Marlins as a threat to take away the spotlight in Miami Dade County by the Marlins tapping the huge Latin community down south. The new park will also help the Marlins tap the newer high income neighborhoods going up around Downtown Miami as well as the existing such as Coral Gables, Brickell, and Miami Beach.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Two questions...First of all, wasn't the original name of the stadium supposed to be Dolphins Stadium, before it was named after Robbie, who paid for it and was dying at the time? Second, doesn't this just seem like a stopgap name between corporate sponsors, like Ravens Stadium in Baltimore was?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Why not tear down the Orange Bowl and do a new Orangebowl ala Wembely Stadium? 90,000 seat State of the art stadium with a retractable roof, retractable seating, and a retractable pitch field so conventions can be held there. How about it, Miami????

Joe Robbe/Pro Player/Dolphins Stadium is looking a bit aged.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Why not tear down the Orange Bowl and do a new Orangebowl ala Wembely Stadium? 90,000 seat State of the art stadium with a retractable roof, retractable seating, and a retractable pitch field so conventions can be held there. How about it, Miami????

Joe Robbe/Pro Player/Dolphins Stadium is looking a bit aged.

The Orange Bowl is scheduled to undergo MAJOR restorations in the next few years. UM actually wants to reduce capacity at the OB because most of the games they have a lot of empty seats in the upper deck. From what I heard they want to reduce capacity to something like 65k.

Miami doesn't need another place to hold a convention.

Sites currently availible in Miami Dade and Broward:

Office Depot Center (Broward), Miami Arena, AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami-Dade Convention Center, Miami Beach Convention Center, Broward County Convention Center

Future sites: Dolphins Stadium, Marlins Park

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.