Step Inside: Hard Rock Stadium – Home of the Miami Dolphins

 

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Venue Quick Facts
Venue Name Hard Rock Stadium
Location Miami Gardens, FL
Address 347 Don Shula Dr Suite 102, Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Phone # (305) 943-8000
Capacity 65,326
Opened August 16, 1987
Architect Populous
Website http://hardrockstadium.com/

Hard Rock Stadium is a multi-purpose facility for the Miami Dolphins located in Miami Gardens, Florida, roughly 20 miles from Miami Beach. The long-standing, versatile venue also houses the University of Miami Hurricanes football team, the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix and the annual Orange Bowl, and it was once home to the MLB’s Florida Marlins until 2011.

Since its opening in 1987 as Joe Robbie Stadium, the 64,767-seat outdoor stadium has undergone several name changes and renovations, the latter most recently having been completed for the 2016 season. Later, ahead of the 2019 Miami Open tennis tournament, more reconfigurations were added to make Hard Rock Stadium the permanent host for the event, and in 2020, the venue unveiled the SkyView open-air gondola attraction running along the complex’s southern border.

Hard Rock Stadium’s address is 347 Don Shula Drive, named after the Miami Dolphins’ Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula, who led the team to two Super Bowl victories in 1972 and 1973 and still holds the league-wide record for most regular season wins as head coach. A statue of Shula stands outside the stadium in the Joe Robbie Alumni Plaza “Walk of Fame,” which honors past Miami Dolphins players and staff.

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Hard Rock Stadium History

Hard Rock Stadium opened in 1987 as Joe Robbie Stadium (named after the team’s founder), replacing the Miami Orange Bowl as the permanent home of the Dolphins. The facility cost $115 million to construct and has also gone by Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Land Shark Stadium and Sun Life Stadium. Hard Rock Cafe Incorporated purchased the naming rights in 2016 for 18 years at a rate of $250 million.

Hard Rock Stadium is one of nearly a dozen stadiums that will be the site of multiple matches as part of North America’s successful bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. From 1993 through 2010, the stadium also hosted games for MLB’s Miami Marlins. Hard Rock Stadium was the first multipurpose stadium in the United States that was completely financed privately (by Robbie), using no local, state or federal tax money.

The Dolphins played their first regular season home game at Hard Rock in the 1987 season against the Kansas City Chiefs, which they won 42-0. Hard Rock Stadium later hosted its first Monday Night Football game on December 7 of that season, with the Dolphins achieving a 37-28 win over the New York Jets.

Miami has played eight playoff games in Hard Rock Stadium, going 5-3.

Parking and Admission at Hard Rock Stadium

The Miami Dolphins offer season and single game parking passes for Hard Rock Stadium. Parking lots are categorized by color: green, pink, maroon, orange and yellow. Orange and yellow parking lots are both the most abundant and also the most affordable. Parking passes come with the ability to tailgate for games as well. Advance parking passes cost $25 per game.

Green Lot parking gates open five hours before kick off, whereas all other lots open four hours before. Gates to the stadium open 90 minutes before kick off. Fans cannot re-enter after their ticket has been scanned.

Bag Policy at Hard Rock Stadium

Hard Rock Stadium has a clear bag policy that states only approved bags can be carried into the stadium. Those parameters include one bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and is 6″ x 12″. Other approved bags are one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags or small clutches that do not exceed the approximate size of a hand, or bags that meet medical exceptions after inspection.

Hard Rock Stadium Capacity and Seating Options

For Miami Dolphins home games, Hard Rock Stadium has a seating capacity of 64,767. That’s considerably lower than its original capacity of nearly 75,000 as seats were removed during renovations over the years to create a more comfortable and luxurious atmosphere for fans.

The 65,326 permanent seats are either 19″ seats with chair backs and armrests for general seating or 21″ seats in the club sections. There are also 193 executive suits that range from 10 to 24 seats each. The largest-ever attended event at Hard Rock Stadium was a Billy Joel and Elton John concert in 1995 that drew 103,694 fans. The largest attended sporting event was WrestleMania, which had more than 76,000 fans.

What are the best seats at Hard Rock Stadium?

The best seats at Hard Rock Stadium vary depending on the event and personal preferences. Check out Hard Rock Stadium seating charts and find your favorite seat today.

Food and Beverage Options at Hard Rock Stadium

 

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Aside from popular stadium items like hot dogs, chicken tenders, and nachos, Hard Rock Stadium also carries gourmet options from culinary spots like Benihana, Shula’s, Edgewater Grille and Bru’s.

Fans can also purchase alcoholic beverages at vendors or restaurants. Options available include beer, wine, and cocktails. Fans cannot purchase more than two alcoholic beverages at a time and sales of alcohol stop in the third quarter of Dolphins games.

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