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A topping out ceremony was held Friday, July 29, at the New Miami Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, USA, to celebrate the completion of the steel structure of a new shade canopy at the multi-purpose facility.

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Differing fortunes for Orlando and Miami stadium projects in the past few days. Orlando’s city commissioners has picked Turner Construction as the general contractor for the new Citrus Bowl at a cost of between $175 million and $200 million. Allen Johnson, the city’s Venues Director. said:

This is an exciting time. We really have an opportunity to develop a new stadium.

Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins’ proposal for public money for a stadium upgrade was turned down last week in a vote by the state Legislature. Owner Stephen Ross believes $350 million in stadium improvements are needed and he has ruled out a less expensive, scaled-down renovation.

The plan for the Citrus Bowl calls for demolition and reconstruction to take place in 2014 between the Florida Classic in November, football bowl games in December and January and the Monster Jam motorsports event in late January 2015.

The renovation includes replacement of the lower seating bowl and construction of new club levels on each side, with 5,000 to 6,000 premium club seats. The stadium will have wider concourses, new concessions, restrooms, kitchens and locker rooms, a new video scoreboard, a new façade and technology upgrades.

The Citrus Bowl renovation will affect 80% of the structure.

The Citrus Bowl renovation will affect 80% of the structure.

Dolphins NFL team commits cash to Sun Life Stadium

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The Dolphins have agreed to repay the State of Florida for its contribution to help fund the modernisation of Sun Life Stadium. The Florida Legislature is considering a bill to provide $3 million a year to help fund the modernisation by providing a sales tax rebate on goods and services sold at the stadium.

Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said,

We are not only committed to bringing Super Bowls, BCS Championships and international soccer to Miami by modernising Sun Life Stadium, but we are also committed to crafting a fair and advantageous agreement for taxpayers,

Dolphins CEO Mike Dee gives update on Sun Life Stadium modernization

Dolphins CEO Mike Dee gives update on Sun Life Stadium modernisation

Today, we have taken a huge step towards those goals by agreeing to pay the State of Florida back the money used to finance the construction project. Combined with the proposed repayment to the county, we have now committed to repaying $167 million in public funds – an unprecedented step certainly here in Florida and perhaps nationally.

The Dolphins have:

• Conditioned final approval of the stadium project on landing a Super Bowl for Sun Life Stadium at the NFL owners’ May 22nd meeting;

• Agreed to pay for the costs of the referendum in May to save taxpayers money, if legal;

• Agreed to repay $120 million to the county, which is the principal amount from the tourist tax to help finance the project;

• Agreed to pay up to $100 million in penalties if Sun Life Stadium doesn’t attract Super Bowls, BCS games, international soccer matches and other similar events over the next 30 years; and

• Agreed to sign a 30-year non-relocation agreement to keep the team in Miami-Dade

We look forward to working with Mayor Gimenez and the Commission to finalise our agreement and schedule the referendum to vote on this unprecedented public-private partnership where the Dolphins will pay more than a majority of the costs, repay approximately $167 million to the state and county, and pay for 100 percent of any cost overruns during construction,”

said Dee.

 

Sun Life Stadium's upgrade is designed to attract more Super Bowls and international soccer matches.

Sun Life Stadium’s upgrade is designed to attract more Super Bowls and international soccer matches.