Whether you’re local to Miami or you’re in town for a week, you can agree on one thing: Miami knows how to have a good time. From spending hours soaking up the Florida sun on Miami Beach to visiting Bayside Marketplace or the Zoo, there is no shortage of things to do in The Magic City. And this tradition carries on at Hard Rock Stadium, the unique open roof sports venue in Miami Gardens that hosts the Miami Dolphins. If you’re looking for an exciting day at the park (with excellent sightlines all around), then look no further than Hard Rock Stadium.
At A Glance:
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Who: Hard Rock Stadium is home to the Miami Dolphins.
Where: Hard Rock Stadium is located in Miami Gardens, Florida (a suburb just north of Miami).
Hard Rock Stadium opened in 1987 and was originally named Joe Robbie Stadium after the team’s founder. When Robbie commissioned the construction of the building, he had the foresight to plan for a major league baseball team, which he was confident would come to Miami soon. As such, he required that the stadium would only need minimal construction to accommodate a team. Robbie was right. From 1993-2011, Hard Rock Stadium housed the Florida Marlins. Today, the stadium hosts both the Miami Dolphins of the NFL and the University of Miami Hurricanes.
Hard Rock Stadium has gone through many name changes. Over the years, it has been named Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin Stadium (singular), Land Shark Stadium, Sun Life Stadium, New Miami Stadium, and eventually Hard Rock Stadium. The frequent name changes have brought up the issue of the value of corporate naming rights within the NFL.
The stadium seats a total of 65,326 people, including those in luxury suites. Between 2014 and 2016, Hard Rock Stadium underwent a series of renovations, including removing 10,692 seats and adding 10,400 square feet of video board space. The end result was an increase in the number of seats in the shade from 17% to 92% and the number of unique seating experiences from 8 to 16.
- Hard Rock Stadium has hosted many professional sports championship games including Super Bowls XXIII, XXIX, XXXIII, XLI, and XLIV, and The World Series in 1997 and 2003.
- The San Francisco 49ers have won two Super Bowls in Hard Rock Stadium.
- The 2013 BCS National Championship between Alabama and Notre Dame set an attendance record of 80,120 people.
- Mark McGwire set a National League (MLB) home run record at the stadium in 1998 when he hit his 57th home run of the season.
- Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 600th career home run at Hard Rock.
- Fans sitting in Ford Field Club seats, the 72 Club on the 50-yard line, or the Nine Suites, get a dedicated lane coming on and off the Turnpike into the stadium. Now that’s VIP treatment.
Hard Rock Stadium boasts 16 unique seating experiences, including suites, clubs, and terraces. The Hard Rock Suite Options include the Nine Suites, Signature Sideline Suites, Signature Mezzanine Suites, and Red Zone Suites. All of the suites at Hard Rock Stadium include either 10, 12, 16, 20, or 24 tickets, premium food and beverages, state-of-the-art televisions, comfortable seating, granite countertops, and porcelain tile floors. The Nine Suites come with two Super Bowl tickets, and the Signature Sideline \Suites include a VIP experience at Dolphins Training Camp.
Food & Drinks:
When Hard Rock Stadium was renovated between 2014 and 2016, the seats weren’t the only thing that changed: the concessions were swapped out as well. Today, former Miami Heat star Ray Allen has two locations for his 100% organic eatery Grown inside Hard Rock. Grown is the first completely organic restaurant ever in an NFL stadium. Other new choices include 32 taps of local beer, empanadas and croquettes, sweet and spicy wings, sushi, and sloppy joes. While you can still get your hot dogs and fries here, you also have a lot of ways to level up at Hard Rock.
What To Do When You Visit:
Uber Tailgate: Want to tailgate but don’t have a car? Head over to the Uber Tailgate section. Adjacent to the Uber drop off location, Hard Rock Stadium has a tailgate-ready area complete with hot grills. You just BYOB (and whatever you want to cook).
Take a tour: Since Hard Rock Stadium is excited to show off its new face, all tours are custom designed. Simply apply for a tour online by choosing your preferred time and day, as well as the specific stops you’d like to take on the tour. You may not see everything you ask for, but you’ll have a much more personalized experience than you would at most NFL stadiums.
Take in the art: Around every corner of Hard Rock Stadium, you’ll find a mural. It’s a far cry from a museum (mostly because the beer is a lot better here), but if you’re between plays, or if you have some time to kill before or after the game, exploring the art is a great way to pass the time.
- Parking usually costs $40 during events at Hard Rock Stadium.
- If you’re a SunPass user, you’ll get a $15 discount on parking when you use your pass at Hard Rock Stadium. (You can only use the SunPass in cash lots.)
- Uber is the official rideshare service of Hard Rock Stadium. Passengers can be picked up and dropped off in lot 14.
- RVs can be parked in parking lot 9, and limousines can be parked in lot 18.
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