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Watch: Sun Life Stadium Conversion

By on September 24, 2013 at 4:42 pm


It was a busy weekend at Sun Life Stadium with both the Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins playing home games within a 24 hour span.  The time lapse above highlights the transformation of Sun Life Stadium from September 21st -22nd.

Saturday, September 21st

1:00 pm: As the RV parking lot of Sun Life Stadium opens, and the first tailgaters begin to arrive to watch the 16th ranked Miami Hurricanes host the Savannah State Tigers in the first ever meeting between the two schools, preparations on the field are already underway for the evening’s game.

5:30 pm: Stadium gates open to welcome Hurricane fans into the stands for the first game of the weekend.

7:04 pm: Kickoff

The 42, 571 in attendance watch the Miami Hurricanes set a school record for points scored in a game, as they defeat Savannah State by a score of 77-7, and improve to 3-0 on the season.

10:09 pm: The game ends less than 18 hours before kickoff of Miami Dolphins home opener against the Atlanta Falcons, and only 14 hours before tailgaters arrive.

The stadium crew works through the night, converting Sun Life Stadium from the “Home of the Miami Hurricanes” to the “Home of the Miami Dolphins.”

As the grounds crew works diligently to replace the 50 yard line logo, pressure washers clean concourses and seating areas, Miami Hurricanes banners and signage are removed only to be replaced with Miami Dolphins banners and signage moments later, and the Plazas surrounding the stadium are prepared for the arrival of thousands of fans.

Sunday, September 22nd

7:09 am: Sunrise.  Work continues both inside and outside of the stadium, as parking and tailgating lots are scheduled to open in less than five hours.

12:00 pm: Parking gates open.  Thousands of fans enter the grounds of Sun Life Stadium to begin tailgating and taking part in the various activities located in the AT&T Grand Plaza, Don Shula Plaza, and Joe Robbie Alumni Plaza.

Players begin arriving at the stadium, going through the Player Walk at Gate A before heading out to the field for pregame warm-ups.

2:00 pm: Stadium gates open.  Fans get their first look of the transformed stadium for the 2013 Miami Dolphins regular season.

4:05 pm: Kickoff.

The 70,660 in attendance watch as Dion Sims scores on a one-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill with 38 seconds remaining in the game to pull ahead of the Atlanta Falcons.  Jimmy Wilson intercepts Matt Ryan’s pass 12 seconds later to seal the victory.

7:02 pm:  Game over.  The Miami Dolphins defeat the Atlanta Falcons 27-23 and improve to 3-0 on the season.


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