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Dolphins, Pitbull introduce public to Hard Rock Stadium

Guitar-smashing ceremony includes Dolphins star Ndamukong Suh

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Miami rapper Pitbull joined Miami Dolphins players past and present Tuesday as they announced the new name of their retrofitted stadium.

Hard Rock Stadium was officially introduced as the newest name of the Dolphins' home since 1987.

The team announced an 18-year agreement with Hard Rock to rename the newly renovated stadium. That means Hard Rock Stadium will be the name when Super Bowl LIV is played there in 2020.

"Hard Rock Stadium will be a global entertainment destination, and we are excited to enter this long-term partnership with Hard Rock International, an iconic worldwide brand that continues to grow," Dolphins president Tom Garfinkel said. "They are synonymous with music and entertainment and have a rich history of philanthropy and community engagement."

A guitar-smashing ceremony that included defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was held on the field.

The former Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, LandShark Stadium and, most recently, Sun Life Stadium has been looking for a new name since the Sun Life Financial rights expired earlier in 2016.

A new canopy roof adorns the renovated stadium, giving shade to Dolphins and Hurricanes fans.

The stadium will debut its makeover when the University of Miami opens its season Sept. 3 vs. Florida A&M. The Dolphins will play their first home game Sept. 23 against the Cleveland Browns.

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Peter Burke returned for a second stint of duty at Local 10 News in February 2014.