The Miami Dolphins owner, Stephen Ross is sitting at the NFL owners meeting again hoping that he can convince the Super Bowl committee to give his Sun-Life Stadium another Super Bowl. Failed attempts to land money to get the stadium upgraded has kept the Dolphins from being awarded the big game. Now, after opposition to tax relief on the stadium has pushed the idea out of Ross’ head, the team is now trying to get money per event.
The details thus far are not clear but it appears that Ross will front the money for the upgrades on the stadium and continue to pay the 4 million or so in county taxes. What he wants instead is money from the county for any major events he brings to the stadium. It’s not uncommon for stadiums around the country to get similar funds.
How it would work, that we know of, would be the stadium hosts a Super Bowl and the county pays the Dolphins. The county will make the money back and more on the festivities and surrounding increase in tax dollars. The Dolphins would take their portion from the hotel taxes which would obviously be full for the event.
The question is whether the city wants to buy even that. The Dolphins will still make money on the events and it’s not known what kind of monetary return the Dolphins would require from the county. If I’m sitting on the county seat making this decision I might feel non-obligated to allow it. It appears that Ross, who has now failed in his push for a state congressional hearing and now a failed tax break offer, may simply do the renovations himself anyways and live with it.
The Dolphins owner is still hoping to land a national soccer team and position themselves to host everything from high end concerts to World Cup soccer matches and college national championship games.