Miami Dolphins vying to host future Pro Bowls, NFL Draft at Hard Rock Stadium

A view of the 2008 NFL Draft in New York. (Getty Images)

As the Dolphins continue to build Hard Rock Stadium into a premier sports complex, they’ve inquired about hosting future Pro Bowls and getting a turn to hold the NFL Draft in South Florida.

While there is no indication that either event is headed here soon, team president Tom Garfinkel said the Dolphins are pursuing both.

“We want to bring as many great events as we can to Miami, so we’ll bid on everything that’s available,” he said.

The Pro Bowl was in Hawaii for 30 years before the Dolphins hosted it in 2010. That year and 2015, the NFL held the Pro Bowl at the Super Bowl site.

The league moved it to Orlando starting in 2017 and will play the third year of that deal at the end of the upcoming season. There has been no indication what the NFL will do beyond that.

The draft has also been jumping around the country since ending a 50-year run in New York. Chicago hosted it in 2015 and ’16, Philadelphia had it last year and it will be at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium next month.

The NFL has not awarded the 2019 draft, and the Dolphins would like to be considered.

“We put our name in the hat for all those things,” Garfinkel said.

The team is also looking to land 2026 men’s World Cup matches if a North American bid including the U.S., Canada and Mexico wins hosting rights.

That aside, Hard Rock Stadium is already set for several big events in addition to being the home field for the Dolphins and Hurricanes, the permanent site of the Orange Bowl (it’s a national semifinal this season) and the venue for the Miami Open tennis tournament beginning next year.

The 2020 Super Bowl is headed to Miami Gardens as a direct result of the hundreds of millions of dollars Stephen Ross put into the stadium, and college football’s National Championship Game is coming in 2021.

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