Potential deal between Dolphins, Miami-Dade County to upgrade stadium

Incentive money if Sun Life Stadium lands marquee events


MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins are close to a deal with the county to renovate Sun Life Stadium.

Local 10 has learned about a plan that would offer the team millions in hotel taxes in exchange for the stadium landing big sporting events, including the Super Bowl, a National College Football Championship game or a college playoff game.

For example, the county would pay the stadium $4 million for a Super Bowl game.

Also according to the resolution, Sun Life Stadium officials look to invest more than $350 million in funding to improve, remodel, upgrade and modernize Sun Life Stadium.

Some of the suggested improvements include a rooftop shade canopy, new seating in the lower bowl of the stadium, high-definition lighting, technology updates and renovations.

The plan proposed by Mayor Carlos Gimenez will go before commissioners next week.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross failed to get public money last year for the $350 million project. As a result, the NFL picked San Francisco over Miami to host Superbowl 50.