This past December, my family decided to attend the Colts vs. Dolphins game in Miami. It was my first time at the Sun Life Stadium, located in Miami Gardens, and I was very impressed. From the ease of accessing the Sun Life Stadium, parking, pregame activities, variety of concessions, and the football game itself, I would definitely attend another event hosted here and recommend others to do the same.
Sunday morning, my Mom, Melody, Dad, Eddie, and I made the two hour drive from Vero Beach to Miami for the game. When we got off at the exit, the Sun Life Stadium was right there. It had the whole exit to itself which meant we did not have to fight crowds to get to the stadium. We were directed into a parking lot and parked with no problems. We started making our way to the stadium through a sea of orange and blue. As an avid tailgater myself, I always try to check out how fans at different stadiums enjoy their pregame activities. Miami Dolphins’ fans seemed to be having a great time! We saw people playing corn hole, grilling out, sitting around listening to music, and enjoying the fun atmosphere. The parking lot was so big that tailgates were able to be spread out and they did not have to be on top of their neighbors.
When we reached the gates of the stadium, we were pleasantly surprised to find that Sun Life Stadium provides a whole alley full of activities for fans to enjoy before the game. Among these included live music, face painting, photo opportunities with the Dolphins’ cheerleaders and mascot TD, games, a prize wheel, and food and drink stands. I think that every stadium should do this! It was a great way to start our afternoon.
Once inside the stadium, we grabbed a couple bottles of water (the temperature was in the high 80’s) and went to our seats. Melody hit the jackpot purchasing these tickets as we were on the second row on the side of the field so we could see everything up close. Our area was full of diehard fans decked out in full costumes and face paint. It was awesome to spend our first Dolphins game among them. Their pregame show was great and minus the sun beaming down on us, we thoroughly enjoyed the game.
For lunch, we had a pluthera of food; hand cut fries, chicken tenders, chicken nachos, chicken empanada, and a ham croquette, all of which were delicious. As with most stadiums, prices of food were a little high but they do offer a discount for season ticket holders, which is something I had not seen before. The variety of food provided was abundant as there truly was something there for everyone. As a perk for not drinking, Sun Life Stadium offers designated drivers a free beverage of their choice (obviously non alcoholic).
When the game was over, we had no problems walking to our car as police officers help pedestrians across the street and direct traffic. We maybe sat in traffic for a total of five minutes trying to get onto the interstate due to fans crossing the street. It was the most well organized exit from a stadium I have ever seen! I think we all spent the first half an hour in the car talking about how much fun we had at the game and how well everything was executed. Sun Life Stadium definitely has it going on! If you get the chance to attend an event here, do not pass it up.
Facts about the Sun Life Stadium
- Opened in 1987
- Holds 65,000 people
- Home to the Miami Dolphins, University of Miami Hurricanes, and the Orange Bowl
- Provides 140 acres of parking
- Currently undergoing a $350 million renovation adding a canopy to keep fans in the shade and out of the rain
- Has hosted 5 Super Bowls, 1 Pro Bowl, 2 World Series, 4 BCS National Championships, Wrestlemania, and numerous performers including One Direction, Justin Timberlake, U2, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Elton John, and The Rolling Stones. It is currently in talks of hosting the 2019 0r 2020 Super Bowl.
- Sun Life’s contract with the stadium is up this year and it should have a new name by the first game of the Dolphins’ upcoming season