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Stadium Facts

Stadium Address
347 Don Shula Drive
Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Stadium Telephone
(305) 943-8000

Relative Location:
- 16 miles northwest of downtown Miami
- 18 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale
- 3/4 mile south of Calder Race Course
- 1 mile south of Dade-Broward county line on N.W. 27th Ave.

Opening Date:
August 16, 1987
Chicago Bears 10, Miami Dolphins 3

Project Cost
- $115 million
- $250 million renovation in 2007

Method of Financing
- Private, through lease of executive suites and club seats
- Club Seats originally sold on 10-year leases
- Executive Suites originally sold on 10-year leases

Project Site Area
160 acres

Design Team
- Architect – HOK Sports Facilities Group (Kansas City, MO)
- Construction Manager – Huber, Hunt and Nichols, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN)
- Construction Consultant – George A. Fuller Company (New York, NY)
- Structural Engineer – Bliss & Nyitray, Inc. (Miami, FL)
- Civil Engineer – Keith and Schnars, P.A. (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
- Mechanical, Electrical – Blum Consulting Engineers, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
- Acoustical Consultant The Joiner – Rose Group, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
- Food Service Consultant – Cini-Little Associates, Inc. (Miami, FL)

Football/Soccer Seating Capacity
75,540

General Seating
- (19″ chair back with armrest)
- Lower Deck – 27,397
- Upper Deck – 34,736
- Club Seats (21” chairback with armrest) – 10,209
- 193 Executive Suites (10, 12, 16, 20 and 24 seats) – 3,198
- Disabled Seating -300
- Working Press Seats – 150
- Radio/TV Booths – 10

Stadium Access
- Gates – 8
- Ramps – 8
- Escalators  – 8
- Elevators – 13

Parking
- 140 acres
- 24,137 cars
- 171 buses
- 90 RVs
- 85 limousines
- 1 helipad

Building
- Overall Size – 648 feet x 736 feet
- Height – 188 feet (150-foot building, 38-foot lights)
- Prescription Athletic Turf – 128,000 square feet

Materials
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3 acres of sod for playing field
- 55,000 cubic yards of concrete
- 6,000 tons of reinforcing steel
- 5 miles of drain pipe
- 500,000 yards of excavation material
- 140 miles of electrical wire
- 3,300 pieces of precast concrete
- 25,000 square yards of carpet

Concessionaires and Novelties
Centerplate

Facilities
- Concession Stands – 43 stands, 264 service lines
- Restrooms – 40 men, 40 women
- Locker Rooms – 4 (60 lockers in each)

Playing Field
- Surface – Prescription Athletic Turf (Natural Grass)
- Drainage -Firm Playing Surface Within 30 Minutes of a 3” Per Hour Rain

Scoreboards
- Main (East End Zone) 56 feet high x 142 feet long
- Auxiliary (West End Zone) 54 feet high x 104 feet long
- Daktronics LED Video Display (West) 50 feet high x 100 feet long
- Daktronics LED Video Display (East)  50 feet high x 140 feet long
- Fascia LED Display 2,105 feet wide

Lighting For Playing
- Field 1,050 Metal Halide
- Instant Restrike Light Fixtures
- 150+ foot candles at playing field

Event Calendar
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December 11- January 25
Cirque Du Soleil

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December 21st
Minnesota Vikings vs. Miami Dolphins

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December 26th
Life In Color

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December 27th
Life In Color

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December 28th
New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins