The Dolphins still expect to play their final preseason game on Sept. 1 in Miami Gardens.
Apparently, South Florida radio personality Hank Goldberg is hearing otherwise. Goldberg told CBS Sports that the two-year, $500 million renovation of the building formerly known as Sun Life Stadium might not be ready until November.
The Dolphins issued a statement dismissing the report.
“The reports that the stadium won’t be ready for football until November are incorrect,” Dolphins Senior Vice President Bill Senn said in a statement. “Getting a project of this scale done in this timeframe is unprecedented and the contractor is working diligently on a 24/7 basis to complete the canopy structure. While we will still be doing some “non-football critical” elements and final touches into the season similar to Phase 1 last year, at this point in the process we still expect to be ready to play football September 1.”
If Goldberg is correct and the stadium is not ready until November, the Dolphins would have to move one preseason game and four regular-season games to other stadiums. The Post reported in June the Dolphins are eyeing FAU Stadium as a fallback plan if the place isn’t fit to host their Sept. 1 preseason finale.
The Hurricanes would have to move four regular-season games to other stadiums if Goldberg’s report is correct. According to Goldberg, the Hurricanes are looking at moving their Oct. 8 game against Florida State to Orlando. Goldberg said the UM-FAMU game on Sept. 3 “will be played at FAU.”
But that might be tough because FAU plays Southern Illinois at home that day. An FAU spokesperson told the Palm Beach Post that UM has not had discussions with FAU about moving games there.
Hurricanes athletics director Blake James also believes the stadium will be ready for the start of the season.
“We remain in regular contact with the Dolphins organization regarding the status of the stadium renovation project,” James wrote in a text message to the Post. “It’s a very complex project and I know the Dolphins are doing everything possible to get it ready in time to play football. We are very excited about what these improvements will mean for our fans and game-day atmosphere. We still expect to play all of our games at the stadium. However, we’re aware that things could change and if they do we have a contingency plan in place if needed.”