MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins revealed their plans Friday for what soon may no longer be known as Sun Life Stadium.
As part of the massive $350 million renovations to the 28-year-old stadium, the team announced that they are searching for a new partner to take over stadium naming rights. The Dolphins home since 1987 will remain Sun Life Stadium until a new partner is found.
When the new upgrades are complete in time for the 2016 season, the stadium's seating capacity for Dolphins games will be lowered to 65,000. Seating for Miami Hurricanes home games will be just 55,000 with a large screen used to cover seats in one of the end zones.
The highlight of the project is a new roof that will cover 92-percent of all fans in attendance as well as upgraded video scoreboards.
Work on the stadium began immediately after the Orange Bowl football game and many seats have already been removed. According to images released by the Dolphins, the seat colors will change from bright orange to a more subdued aqua.
The renovations come as a way to attract Super Bowls and other big events to South Florida. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says the next open Super Bowl is scheduled for 2019 and the team is already preparing a bid.
While the roof and scoreboards won't be in place until 2016, the Dolphins and Hurricanes will still play their 2015 home games in the stadium.