Hard Rock Stadium | 2269 Dan Marino Blvd. | Miami Gardens, FL 33056
History of Hard Rock Stadium
With 25 years as one of the nation's premier sports facilities, Hard Rock Stadium is South Florida’s home to the Miami Dolphins, University of Miami Hurricanes, Capital One Orange Bowl and other world-class events. This multi-purpose, open-air complex hosted its first football game in August 1987 and its first regular season Major League Baseball game in April 1993. It has been home to five Super Bowls, four BCS National Championships, two World Series and was the first stadium to host the NFL Pro Bowl after 30 years of the game being held in Hawaii.
In 2007, the stadium underwent $250 million in improvements and innovations, adding 360,000 square feet of programmable space, new leading edge technology and superior amenities. Additional enhancements were made in 2009 with the refurbishment of concession stands, installation of flat-screen TV’s, renovation of the end zone executive suites and the creation of the sideline club and lounge among many others. In 2010, new corporate offices were built on the east side of the Stadium in order to consolidate the business offices of the Miami Dolphins. “A Perfect Moment In Time” statue honoring Don Shula and the team’s perfect moment in time immediately after the Dolphins completed their undefeated season in 1972, was unveiled and proudly adorns the entrance of the new offices.
The 75,000 seat, multi-purpose, open-air facility was the first of its kind to be constructed entirely with private funds, costing 115 million dollars when it was completed in 1987. The late Joe Robbie led the financing campaign to build “Joe Robbie Stadium” for the Miami Dolphins of the NFL. JRS revolutionized the economics of professional sports when it opened that year. Inclusion of a Club Level, along with Executive Suites, helped to finance the construction of the stadium. Season ticket holders committed to long-term agreements and in return they received first-class amenities in a state-of-the-art facility which is still used as a model for new facilities across the country.
The first football game in the then-named Joe Robbie Stadium was held on August 16, 1987, when the Miami Dolphins met the Chicago Bears in a preseason battle. The game also marked the 22nd anniversary of the Dolphins franchise. The stadium hosted the National Football League’s premier game, Super Bowl XXIII, on January 22, 1989. It marked the return of the Super Bowl to South Florida after a ten-year absence. Subsequent Super Bowls staged at Hard Rock Stadium are Super Bowl XXIX (January 29, 1995), Super Bowl XXIII (January 31, 1999), Super Bowl XLI (February 4, 2007) and Super Bowl XLIV (February 7, 2010).
Hard Rock Stadium displays its versatility every year by hosting a wide variety of events. Along with Miami Dolphins football, University of Miami college football, the stadium is home to the Capital One Orange Bowl (which played host to the national championship game following the 1997, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 seasons).
The stadium also hosted the Florida high school class 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A state championship football games in 2005, 2006 and 2007, international soccer, Monster Jam, lacrosse competition as well as various festivals and trade shows.
Numerous concerts have also been performed at the stadium, featuring entertainers such as Pink Floyd, Elton John/Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones, Chicago, Genesis, Gloria Estefan, Guns & Roses, The Who, Hall & Oates, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, New Kids on the Block, the Three Tenors World Tour, U2, ‘N Sync, The Police, the Black Eyed Peas and Madonna.
Hard Rock Stadium will continue to enhance the fan experience through its commitment to technology, entertainment and customer service. Additional improvements and innovations will take place every year to maintain the stadium as the premier showplace of the Americas.