Changes to Hard Rock Stadium for 2017 Miami Dolphins season

Hard Rock Stadium continues to undergo renovations. (Bill Ingram/The Post)

DAVIE—The bones of Hard Rock Stadium have been in place since it opened as Joe Robbie Stadium 20 years ago, but it was essentially a new facility after the extensive renovations the Dolphins did prior to last season.

[RELATED: Photo gallery of Thursday’s action at Dolphins camp in Davie]

They’re still working on some smaller improvements, mainly an overhaul of their suites, but overall the building seems to be in great shape. After a year of observing how the new elements of stadium held up, particularly the roof, there’s little tweaking necessary.

“The roof, the lighting, video boards were all fine,” president Tom Garfinkel said. “The sound—I think we had some challenges last year with some of the audio. We’re working on that to make that better for the fans, as well as where the speakers point. They point toward the stands so you can’t really hear anything when you’re on the field, maybe in some of the front rows. We’re working on adjusting that to get the sound calibrated better.

“In terms of the roof, we had a couple of leaks that were coming from signage that we had up there. We’ve been working on it so when it rains, we don’t get any drips on people.”

The Dolphins have also planted more than 1,000 trees outside the stadium and upgraded some of the surrounding areas. They added an Uber lot last year to reduce traffic and they’re installing SunPass as a way to pay for parking, which Garfinkel says will speed up entry to the stadium grounds.

He described the overall landscaping around the stadium as “fantastic,” and the team is in the process of building promenades and walkways leading in from the parking lot.

Going forward, one of the next things on Garfinkel’s list is to create pedestrian bridges and tunnels to reduce the ways in which people and cars obstruct each other getting into the stadium. The team hopes to have those in place for the 2018 season.

[Charles Harris, Cameron Wake navigate complicated dynamics of their situation]

[A look at Raekwon McMillan’s introduction to playing with Kiko Alonso]

[William Hayes immediately becomes the most interesting man in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room]

Check out The Palm Beach Post‘s Miami Dolphins page on Facebook

Reader Comments 0

0 comments