The Miami-Dade County Commission approved a deal with the Miami Dolphins that will allow for major renovations to Sun Life Stadium, according to the Sun Sentinel.
The $350 million project will begin this summer with the intent that it will improve the city’s chances of hosting future Super Bowls. In return, Miami-Dade County will pay incentives to the Dolphins for hosting the NFL’s big game as well as other major events. Meanwhile, team owner Stephen Ross will pay for the renovations rather than forcing the taxpayers to cough up money to fund the project.
“I want to thank the Board of County Commissioners and Mayor Gimenez for approving this unique and creative plan to bring Super Bowls and other marquee events to Miami-Dade County,” Ross said in a statement. “We have one of the world’s most aspirational cities, and as such, deserve a stadium that will provide significant economic impact to Miami-Dade County. This will not only secure the future of the Dolphins, but will ensure that Miami has one of the world’s best venues to host events of this magnitude going forward.”
As part of the deal, the Dolphins may not relocate for the next 30 years.
South Florida has not hosted a Super Bowl since 2010, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear they would not do so again until improvements had been made to the stadium. With host sites decided through 2018, Miami could not host a Super Bowl until as early as 2019.