The city of Miami never got a chance to actually vote for an amendment that would have filtered some 200 plus million dollars into Sun-Life Stadium. If they had and early voting was any indication they would have voted it down. The immediate impact of that loss was the city losing it’s bid on the 50th Super Bowl. Yesterday they got slapped in the face again by the NFL.
The Dolphins were one of several teams bidding on the next Super Bowl but were eliminated when the NFL pared down to three cities (teams) to host the 2018 game. The NFL decided that New Orleans, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis will be the final three. Those three teams will vie for the final May vote.
Miami has long been a destination of the game due in part to the weather and sunshine. However since the rain soaked Super Bowl hosted in 2006 the NFL has suddenly become leery of putting fans into seats with adverse weather. A hypocritical approach given the New York Super Bowl this season which of course will be in an open air stadium in November. Brrrrrrrr.
The NFL has fallen in love with the city of Indianapolis and of course the resurrection of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina has given the NFL an emotional tie to the bayou city. New Orleans was a Super Bowl host years before the disaster and it’s hard to argue with the ability of New Orleans to throw a big party. This years inclusion of Minneapolis is really a nod to the new stadium that will be home to the Vikings by then.
Regardless Miami will not be considered for future Super Bowls until their stadium is renovated. Something that owner Stephen Ross will likely have to pay for himself. Which is really what a lot fans want anyways despite other cities approving new stadiums and renovation projects for their teams.