It was yet another 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 a view of the parking lots outside of Sun Life Stadium during that time
Saturday, October 5th
9:30 am: The RV Lot opens and the earliest of fans begin to arrive at Sun Life Stadium to see the Miami Hurricanes host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in their first ACC match up of the year.
10:30 am: More tailgaters begin to arrive as the green tailgate lot opens for fans. Inside the stadium, preparations are well underway, as final touches are made to the field and sidelines are starting to be set up.
11:30 am: The main parking lots are opened, and thousands of fans hurry in to begin tailgating before kickoff.
2:00 pm: Stadium gates open to welcome Hurricane fans into the stands for the first football game of the weekend.
3:34 pm: Kickoff
The 47,008 in attendance watch the Miami Hurricanes erase a ten point deficit to defeat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets by a score of 45-30, and improve to 5-0 on the season.
6:46 pm: The game ends with just a little more than 18 hours before kickoff of the Miami Dolphins game against the Baltimore Ravens, and with less than 15 hours before tailgaters arrive.
The stadium crew works through the night, converting Sun Life Stadium from “Home of the Miami Hurricanes” to “Home of the Miami Dolphins.”
The grounds crew works diligently to replace the 50 yard line logo and repaint the field, including adding pink ribbon logos at the 25 yard lines in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 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.
In the parking lots, cleaning crews work through the night to pick up the remnants of tailgates from earlier in the day.
Sunday, October 6th
7:15 am: Sunrise.
Work continues both inside and outside of the stadium as parking and tailgating lots are scheduled to open in less than two hours.
9:00 am: Parking lot 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.
11:00 am: Stadium gates open and fans begin to enter to see the second Miami Dolphins home game of the year.
1:00 pm: Kickoff.
The 68,342 in attendance watch as Miami Dolphins fall to the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 26-23 as Caleb Sturgis’ 57 yard field goal attempt in the final minute just misses.
4:15 pm: Game over. The Miami Dolphins enter their bye week with a record of 3-2 on the season. Fans begin to exit and the parking lots begin to clear after another exciting weekend of football at Sun Life Stadium.