by Amy Lynne Hayes
It’s hardly recognizable today. Those who recall the Dan Marino era, and spent Sundays watching their team play at Joe Robbie Stadium, have seen the different stages of development at their home field. For the 2017 season, fans of the Miami Dolphins will be among the first to experience Phase III of a $500 million plus renovation started in 2015, transforming the Hard Rock Stadium into a global entertainment destination.
Flying into Miami, passengers will notice a patch of white on the landscape below. An aerial view of the stadium showcases the canopy, installed for the 2016 season, and keeping as many as 92 percent of the seats out of the elements. And as luxurious as shade sounds in the South Florida heat, it’s this season’s debut of the upgraded suites and VIP amenities that dazzles the most.
The BankUnited Club Level has a whole new look, with each of the 147 suites receiving an update during the 2016-2017 offseason. Sizes vary, with suites ranging from 10 seats up to 50 seats. The most perks are found in Signature Sideline Suites, with complimentary VIP Black parking passes and four pre-game field passes for four regular season games. Signature Mezzanine Suites offer complimentary Purple/Maroon preferred parking passes as well, without the pre-game field passes. Red Zone Suites offer complimentary Purple/Maroon preferred parking passes. All suites feature an inclusive food and beverage package catered by Centerplate, invitations to away game trips, a Dolphins VIP draft party, and a VIP experience at Dolphins training camp.
For the ultimate luxury experience at the Hard Rock Stadium, look no further than The NINE. A new partnership with Aston Martin Residences has raised the bar for luxury settings, updating The NINE suites with teak flooring to create the feeling of being on the back of a yacht. NINE members are able to enjoy an open-air setting, with 16 tickets, four access passes and two pregame field passes. Other benefits include complimentary black car service or valet parking, a VIP express lane, an annual dinner with Dan Marino, and a personal in-suite concierge to attend to every want or request on game day. A premium all-inclusive food and beverage package is served in a private club space.
The NINE suites are sold out for the 2017 season, though they will be available soon to reserve for the 2018 season with a deposit. There is still availability to reserve suites for single games, with prices ranging from $10,000 to $45,000 depending on tier of game and number of tickets.
The 2017 season will also see the introduction of Theatre Boxes on the BankUnited Club Level. These share a common space for inclusive food and beverage, with each of the individual boxes accommodating four to six people. In addition to the Theatre Boxes, further space is available to suite members through four new corner clubs. Additional premium seating includes the 72 Club, the 72 Club Living Room Boxes, Atos Field Club, the Ford Field Club and the Hyundai Club. These options offer a taste of luxury a touch closer to the action, though, to no surprise, club level seating for this season is completely sold out.
All patrons will enjoy elevated food and beverage options as the refreshments available continue to improve, with a focus on infusing local South Florida flavors into the menu. Classic venues such as Shula Burger and Sushi Maki are being joined by new favorites, including Coyo Taco, Los Ranchos, Jackson Soul Food, O-B House and Shorty’s BBQ. Of the number of branded stands in the stadium, 38 – nearly half the total stands – will feature food from widely known and well-loved local restaurants.
The two new Tap Rooms located on the north and south sides of the stadium are expanding their selection, adding three premium craft beers that will be rotated throughout the year. These will join 16 bottled Florida craft beers, 18 domestic craft brews and six ciders. Overall, the experience at Hard Rock Stadium has reached new heights, and it is quickly becoming a magnet destination for events across all spectrums of entertainment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amy Lynne Hayes
Amy Lynne Hayes is a freelance writer and designer based in Fort Lauderdale. She spent nearly eight years living overseas – in London, Paris, and Melbourne, Australia – before returning to her home state of Florida. She now uses her words to share others’ stories, and taps into her design background through her travel lifestyle brand and online boutique, The Global Creator.