We have all seen at one point or another the images of players running out onto the field before a game. The announcer calls out the starting lineup and the players run through a corridor of cheerleaders while smoke and fireworks blow behind them. On each side of the end-zone a tarp stretches across the tunnel entrance just behind the goalposts. Inside, the vibrant colors of the stadium change to a typical gray scale dark hallway where the players stadium locker room is.
It’s the starting point for game day. It’s where the players head to field from.
The internal corridors of the stadium are exactly what you would expect. A tunnel that encircles the outside arena. The bottom of the cinder block walls are painted Dolphins aqua and a stripe of orange rings the top. Placards here and there with the Dolphins logo let you know what’s behind certain doors. X-ray room, visitor locker room, electrical room, etc… It’s the underbelly that is big enough to drive a truck through. And they do.
While fans sit in the sunlight awaiting the arrival of the Dolphins through the field entry point, the players themselves ready for the game. Exiting the locker room and turning to their left, they make the short walk to the entry where they await the announcements and head to the sideline for the opening kickoff. On the same end-zone side, the Florida Marlins old dugout still remains. The section is sold for seating and is located directly behind the end-zone just behind the orange barricade wall.
Sitting in that section provides the fan a unique opportunity. Stay at field level and watch the team enter the field from behind the smoke and mirror celebration or walk out of the dugout and into a small dining area directly across from the players locker room. I opted for the latter and captured the players entering the tunnel from the locker room.