Football Sunday with the Miami Dolphins
This past December, my family attended the Colts vs. Dolphins game in Miami, Florida. It was my first time at the Sun Life Stadium, now Hard Rock Stadium, located in Miami Gardens. I was very impressed! From the ease of accessing the 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. We loved getting to see the Miami Dolphins play at home!
Easy Access To The Stadium
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 stadium was right there; it had the whole exit to itself. We were directed into a parking lot and parked with no problems. We made our way towards the stadium through a sea of orange and blue. As an avid tailgater, I always try to observe 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. How nice!
We were pleasantly surprised to find that there is 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, plus food and drink stands. I think that every stadium should do this! It was a great way to start our afternoon.
The Miami Dolphins Have Great Fans
Once inside of 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 our tickets! We were on the second row of the side of the field; 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 Miami Dolphins game among them. Their pregame show was great and minus the sun beaming down on us, we thoroughly enjoyed the game.
A Great Sunday Afternoon!
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, something I had not seen before. The variety of food provided was abundant as there truly was something for everyone. As a perk for not drinking, the stadium offers a free beverage to designated drivers (obviously non alcoholic).
We had no problem walking to our car when the game was over. Police officers help pedestrians cross the street and do a great job of directing traffic. We sat in traffic for a total of five minutes getting onto the interstate. This is the most organized stadium that I have ever seen! We 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. This stadium definitely has it going on! Hopefully, we will be back next season to see the Miami Dolphins play again.
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.
- This is now the Hard Rock Stadium
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
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