The Miami Dolphins will host the NY Jets on Sunday night and the stadium will be “infield” free come game time. According to mass Internet rumors and now confirmed by the Sun-Sentinel, Stephen Ross has told his grounds crew to cover up the infield dirt and get the stadium ready for the game on Sunday night.
The team is already in a full on all out “Orange Blitz” that coincides with the teams decision to wear their Orange uniforms for the game. There is also information circulating that the stadium will hand out orange towels that throw back to the original “white hanky” usage of the early 70’s. According to the team they want the stadium to be a “sea of orange” and are encouraging fans to wear orange at all cost.
The steps being taken to shore up the field in time for this game goes a long way in showing the dedication of this organization to not only winning but providing any and all home team advantages or in this case taking away a hindrance. The fix is only temporary but with the New England Patriots set for a Miami showdown a week later on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, the stadium may go through that change again for that week as well. The Dolphins are on a bye week following the Patriot game.
The Florida Marlins will be wrapping up their season shortly and with it comes an end to the sharing of a field. The Marlins are set to open their new stadium in 2012 which means the conclusion of their season on October 3rd, 2010 will start the one year countdown to official removal from Sun Life Stadium.
While the Marlins will get a brand spanking new retractable stadium, the third smallest stadium in MLB, the Dolphins and stadium owner Stephen Ross want to get Sun Life Stadium upgraded in an effort to make a massive sales pitch to FIFA to bring the World Cup to Miami in 2018 or 2022. Yes, they vote for things way in advance.
Sun Life Stadium has undergone many changes over the years and it’s impossible to ask the city of Miami and it’s neighbors to foot the bill on a brand new Dolphins stadium, so instead officials came up with simple re-design plans to make the current home conditions better. While the team or the stadium officials haven’t officially asked the local populace to help with the costs, the city really needs to rally behind them.
The stadium renovations will allow Miami to bring back events such as the Super Bowl and hopefully will allow Miami to beat out other U.S. cities to act as the host city for the World Cup games if the United States is granted one of those two years mentioned above. The money flow back into the city would be an enormous economic boost.
The renderings of the pitch to FIFA were leaked to me VIA cell phone photo captures and the designs are exactly the same as what was leaked earlier in the year surrounding the NFL’s biggest event, the Super Bowl.
For now, fans and players alike can take comfort in knowing that Sunday will look pristine without the dirt infield. Hopefully, the sea of orange that will accompany the change on the field, will translate to a victory on the field as well.