Sun Life Stadium took on its new name in January 2010. The Miami Dolphins stadium in Florida gains its new name just in time for the city to host the 2010 Superbowl, but no matter which event you might be attending, be prepared for a complete football experience when visiting the Miami Dolphins Stadium: This modern, innovative, and first-class stadium built in 1987 is still used as an example for modeling and designing new stadium facilities. Most recently overhauled in 2007, the stadium has undergone a complete renovation and makeover at a cost of $250 million, securing its place as a premier stadium in the US and one of the best attractions to see during a Miami vacation.
The stadium was first named the Joe Robbie Stadium after the original owner and financier of the facility. Through the years, ownership of the stadium changed when it was completely purchased by H. Wayne Huezinga in 1994. Along with the change of ownership came a change in name and Joe Robbie Stadium became Pro Player Stadium in 1996. As part of a 2005 renovation, the name changed again this time to Dolphins Stadium and ultimately to Dolphin Stadium in 2006. In 2008, the team, stadium, and surrounding undeveloped land were sold to Stephen M. Ross, and in 2009 in a branding partnership with singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffett, the Dolphin Stadium was renamed Land Shark Stadium, holding that name for only about eight months before Sun Life Financial bought the naming rights to the NFL stadium in Miami.
Visitors will find the Grand Plaza located on the south side of the Miami Dolphins Stadium and the Courtyard on the north side, appointed with two open-air, covered areas where pre-event festivities, hospitality vendors, and entertainment takes place prior to events. For Miami Dolphin fans interested in purchasing team souvenirs such as hats and jerseys, a large selection of football paraphernalia is available at the NFL store located at the Grand Plaza.
Once inside Dolphin Stadium, visitors will see event activity displayed on one of the largest high-definition screens in the world. Throughout the stadium, more than 2,000 flat-screen monitors and plasma displays bring the action on the field inside, so visitors will not miss a single moment while getting a bite to eat or ordering a favorite cocktail at one of the many food and drink venues.
The ultra-modern Club level at Sun Life Stadium offers a stellar experience for members, with its luxury décor and amenities that include private escalators, concierge attendants, fine-dining restaurants, a lounge, meeting and conference rooms, and the Gallery of Legends—a visual tour that covers Miami Dolphins team history.
The Miami Dolphins Stadium is located at 2269 Dan Marino Boulevard in Miami Gardens, and it is conveniently close to a variety of Miami hotels, fast-food restaurants, and fine-dining establishments. These options provide visitors to the NFL stadium in Miami with an opportunity to wine and dine prior to the game or event, or to continue the tailgate party at local sports bars and nightclubs afterward.
The stadium provides plenty of parking, escalators, handicapped access, and luxury suites, creating the perfect venue for an active football season as well as a prime location during the off-season for events and concerts. Parking at the NFL stadium in Miami is plentiful, with more than 22,000 spaces available at the Sun Life Stadium including valet and handicapped parking options, providing ease and convenience for visitors to the stadium who have rental cars or other vehicles.