Hard Rock Stadium makeover continues with video board addition
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins still play in Hard Rock Stadium and come September the inside won’t look any different but the outside of Hard Rock Stadium is going to be a lot different.
Hard Rock Stadium is a really cool looking building both inside and out. I toured the facility last year and it was amazing seeing the canopy in place and the all aqua seating. Inside HRS underwent millions of dollars worth of change as well. Now more is being done on the outside.
A massive video board has been installed on the south side of the building. Outside and facing the new tennis courts that are being installed for the Miami Open. The permanent tennis courts and what is being called a “Tennis Oasis” is the new external additions to HRS and they are quite cool.
I can’t imagine that the video board won’t show Miami Dolphins games live on Sunday for the crowds of people who walk into the stadium late or leave early. It would be a cool touch to play pre-game stuff on the board like warm-ups and live shots from inside the stadium while fans tailgate outside.
The Tennis venue is going to be a big deal though. It is taking up an entire parking section on the south side of the stadium. Across the street and slightly West is the Walmart Super Center. As seen in this HRS image below.
The orange area in the image above is the location of the tennis court installation. That used to be parking so it will be interesting to see how the fans who used to call that area their tailgate home is affected by the changes.
Over the last couple of seasons, the Dolphins have opened a large parking area across the street from the stadium. While there is a lot of parking available it is brutal to get out of after a game on Sunday and not just to the highway. It’s horrible trying to get out of the lot itself.
Tennis is going to bring a lot of money to South Florida and to Stephen Ross and company. It’s a great location for sports but parking for Dolphins games and the effect on tailgating could be a problem. I’ve reached out to several season ticket holders but in reality, until the season opens in August when the Dolphins begin exhibition play, we won’t know for certain.
Overall the new tennis venue is as expected a state of the art facility that is very complimentary to Hard Rock Stadium. Now where will the soccer fields go? I’m kidding.