ORLANDO—Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has been open about his desire to bring as many big sporting events to South Florida as he can and it appears as though he’ll get a chance secure another Super Bowl relatively soon after hosting the 2020 game.
A league source said it is likely the next time the Miami area will be considered is 2026, making that year the obvious target for the Dolphins. That would be Super Bowl LX and it’d be a league-high 12th appearance in South Florida if the bid is successful.
The team is currently making plans for Super Bowl XLIV at Hard Rock Stadium, which will be its first time hosting since 2010. That Super Bowl will be of particular importance because it falls at the end of the NFL’s 100th anniversary season.
The most recent awarding of Super Bowls came in 2016. The league owners voted to put the game in Atlanta for the upcoming season, Miami Gardens the year after and Tampa in 2021. The 2022 Super Bowl was awarded to Los Angeles without accepting any other candidates because the area is building what will ultimately be a $5 billion stadium for the Rams and Chargers.
The league has not said when it will start the process for games in 2023 and beyond.
“When you look and see what we’re doing at Hard Rock and the events we are bringing, I mean certainly we recognize the importance of what it does for the community by bringing events to South Florida,” Ross said this morning. “I think that’s very important. I’ve always mentioned that and that’s why we renovated the stadium.”
Construction at the stadium has been a constant the past few years since Ross sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into a revamping it. It hosts the Orange Bowl every year, which will be a national semifinal this season, and recently won the rights to the 2021 championship game.
Ross also broke ground last week on a tennis venue that will be built on the south side of the property and be the permanent home of the Miami Open beginning a year from now. That project will add an elaborate promenade to the stadium grounds and a multi-purpose grandstand facility that will be used primarily for tennis but can be reconfigured for concerts and other events.
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