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Historical Dates

Mar. 5, 1976   – Consultants are hired to do feasibility study for South Florida stadium.

July 21, 1976   – Preliminary plan for 70,000-seat stadium is unveiled.

Nov. 15, 1977  – Miami voters reject $15 million bond issue for Orange Bowl renovations.

May 22, 1978 – Committee estimates to Dade County a cost of $40 million to build a new Orange Bowl next to the old one with financing coming from a resort tax and ticket surcharge.

Feb. 19, 1979  – County attorney rules resort tax money cannot be used to build a new Orange Bowl.

March, 1979   –National Football League rejects Miami as a Super Bowl site until stadium situation is rectified.

Dec. 22, 1981  – Dolphins owner Joe Robbie reveals that he is negotiating to develop privately a stadium at Lake Lucerne in north Dade County.

Nov. 2, 1981    –Voters in Dade and Broward counties overwhelmingly defeat a sales tax increase which would go toward building a new stadium.

Dec. 14, 1983  – City of Miami voters reject sales tax increase to renovate the Orange Bowl.

Mar. 5, 1984   –Dolphins owner Joe Robbie announces plans to build a new multi-purpose stadium in north Dade County at the team’s annual awards banquet.

Mar. 13, 1984 –City of Miami voters reject raising taxes to pay for $55 million bond issue to repair the Orange Bowl.

May 10, 1984  –Dolphins owner Joe Robbie begins campaign to market Dolphin Stadium  executive suites and club seats.

July 3, 1984     –Metro Commission accepts 160 acres donated by Emil and Lawrence Morton at Lake Lucerne, then leases it to Dolphin Stadium Corporation for 99 years.

Dec. 6, 1984    – Metro commissioners unanimously agree to let Dolphins owner Joe Robbie sell $85 million in tax exempt bonds to finance his stadium project.

Jan. 8, 1985     –Dolphins owner Joe Robbie announces that he is ready to spend two million  dollars for stadium blueprints and engineering studies.

Mar. 14, 1985 – At the NFL meetings in Phoenix, Dolphin Stadium is named as the host site for Super Bowl XXIII (1989).

July 22, 1985   – Clearing of stadium site begins.

Sept. 9, 1985   – South Florida Regional Planning Council recommends approval of proposed Dolphin Center.

Sept. 26, 1985 – Metro Commission approves development order and zoning request of Dolphin Center.

Dec. 1, 1985    – Groundbreaking ceremonies for Dolphin Stadium take place.

Dec. 19, 1985  – Foundation permit is issued to Dolphin Stadium Corporation by Dade County.

Dec. 26, 1985  – First concrete is poured at stadium site.

Dec. 31, 1985  – Dolphins owner Joe Robbie obtains construction loan and is granted permanent financing for the new stadium.

June 3, 1986    – Dolphins owner Joe Robbie plants a ceremonial 30-foot Royal Palm tree to begin a million-dollar beautification project for neighborhoods near Dolphin Stadium.

Aug. 27, 1986  – Topping Out Ceremonies take place at Dolphin Stadium as highest point of  construction is reached.

Feb. 3, 1987    – Metro Commission unanimously passes a resolution recommending that Dolphin Stadium be named after its builder, Joe Robbie.

April 30, 1987 – Tim Robbie, designated spokesman for the Robbie children, announces that Dolphin Stadium has been renamed “Joe Robbie Stadium.”

Aug. 2, 1987    – An estimated 40,000 people attend Family Day at Joe Robbie Stadium, the general public’s first opportunity to see the new facility.

Aug. 16, 1987  – The Miami Dolphins play host to the Chicago Bears in the first game ever played in Joe Robbie Stadium. The Bears put a damper on the festive evening with a 10-3 preseason victory in front of 63,451 fans. The date also marks the 22nd anniversary of the Dolphins franchise.

Oct. 11, 1987 –The Dolphins’ “replacement” team records a 42-0 shutout win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first regular-season game at JRS.

Mar. 4, 1988 – The first soccer game ever played at JRS takes place as part of the Marlboro Soccer Cup of Miami. The U.S. National team defeats Millonarios of Colombia, 2-1, in the match before 14,877 fans.

Mar. 11, 1988 – The first baseball game ever played at JRS takes place in front of 24,247 spectators, then the largest crowd ever to see a major-league game in the state of Florida. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the host Baltimore Orioles, 10-8, in the exhibition contest. The following night, the Montreal Expos beat the Orioles, 9-3, with 17,830 in attendance. Seven home runs are hit each night as a temporary 30-foot wall in left field compensates for a distance of 272 feet down the foul line.

April 16, 1988 – A technical inspection team from FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, visits JRS as part of the United States’ bid to host the 1994 World Cup.

July 3, 1988 – The first concert ever held at JRS takes place. “Happy Birthday America ’88” features performances by Rod Stewart, Hall and Oates and Chicago.

Jan. 22, 1989 – The first Super Bowl ever held at JRS takes place. The game marks the first time since Super Bowl Xlll (January 21, 1979) that the NFL’s Championship game is played in Miami. The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16.

Mar. 7, 1990 – H. Wayne Huizenga, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Blockbuster Video and Huizenga Holdings, Inc., agrees to purchase fifty percent of Robbie Stadium Corporation (the parent company of Joe Robbie Stadium), as well as a fifteen percent limited partnership interest in the Miami Dolphins.

April 14 & 15, 1990 – Nearly 100,000 people pack the stands in Joe Robbie Stadium over a two-day 1990 period to see former Beatle Paul McCartney perform live in concert.

April 17, 1990 – The Blockbuster Bowl, college football’s newest post-season bowl game, is officially certified by the NCAA. The bowl is scheduled to kickoff its inaugural matchup on December 29, 1990, at Joe Robbie Stadium.

Dec. 29, 1990  – The Florida State Seminoles defeat the Penn State Nittany Lions, 24-17, in the inaugural Blockbuster Bowl at JRS before a capacity crowd of 74,021.

Jan. 5, 1991 – Dolphins host the Kansas City Chiefs in the first NFL playoff game ever played in JRS. The Dolphins come back to defeat the Chiefs, 17-16.

Jan. 28, 1991 –Seats are removed on the north side of JRS to begin renovating for baseball.

March 26, 1991 – H. Wayne Huizenga and the Robbie family jointly purchase 42 acres adjacent to JRS. In addition, Huizenga purchases two additional lots, totaling 65 acres. The lots were purchased from the estates of Emil and Lawrence Morton.

March 30, 1991 – The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles play an exhibition game before 67,654 fans at Joe Robbie Stadium – the largest crowd ever to watch a baseball game in a non-Major League city. The Yankee-Oriole game the following day draws 57,359, giving the two-game series at JRS a total attendance figure of 125,013.

May 23, 1991  – At the NFL meetings in Minneapolis, Joe Robbie Stadium is selected as the host site for Super Bowl XXIX, to be played on January 29, 1995.

June 10, 1991  – The National League expansion committee recommends South Florida (Joe Robbie Stadium) and Denver to Major League Baseball’s ownership committee as the two sites for National League expansion. The two teams will begin play in 1993.

July 18, 1991 – Major League Baseball officially awards South Florida a National League expansion franchise, the Florida Marlins, who will begin play in 1993 at JRS.

Jan. 25, 1992 – The U.S. World Cup soccer team faces the Soviet National Team (C.I.S.) before a South Florida-record soccer crowd of 30,386.

Jan. 17, 1993 – The Dolphins host the Buffalo Bills in the first AFC Championship Game ever played at JRS. The Bills defeat the Dolphins, 29-10, and advance to Super Bowl XXVII.

April 5, 1993 – In the first regular season baseball game ever played at JRS, the Florida Marlins win their inaugural game, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-3.

Jan. 24, 1994   – H. Wayne Huizenga acquires remaining 50% of Joe Robbie Stadium and the additional 85% of the Miami Dolphins, leaving him with 100-percent ownership of both the stadium and Dolphins.

Jan. 25, 1995   –  The second Super Bowl game held at JRS takes  place. In Super Bowl XXIX, the San Francisco 49ers  defeat the San Diego Chargers, 49-26.

May 11, 1996  –  Al Leiter of the Marlins pitches the first no-hitter in JRS history, shutting out the Colorado Rockies, 11-0.

Aug. 26, 1996  – Pro Player, the sports apparel division of Fruit of the Loom, sponsors the renaming of Joe Robbie Stadium to Pro Player Stadium for $20 million over a 10-year period.

Oct. 31, 1996  – At the NFL meetings in New Orleans, Pro Player Stadium is selected as the host site for Super Bowl XXXIII, to be played on January 31, 1999.

Dec. 31, 1996  – The Nebraska Cornhuskers defeat the Virginia Tech Hokies, 41-21, in the first FedEx Orange Bowl played at Pro Player Stadium.

Mar. 8, 1997   – Pro Player Stadium plays host to the Three Tenors concert (Luciano Pavrotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras).

Oct. 18, 1997  – Pro Player Stadium hosts its first ever World Series game, as the Florida Marlins defeat the Cleveland Indians, 7-4, in Game One.

Oct. 25, 1997  – The Pro Player Stadium crowd of 67,498 to watch the Marlins defeat the Indians in Game Six is the largest to see a World Series game since 1954.

Oct. 26, 1997  – Edgar Renteria’s single in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game Seven of the World Series drives in Craig Counsell to give the Marlins a 3-2 win and the World Championship.

Jan. 31, 1999   – The third Super Bowl game held at Pro Player Stadium takes place. In Super Bowl XXXIII, the Denver Broncos defeat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-19.

Jan. 3, 2001     – The Oklahoma Sooners defeat the Florida State Seminoles, 13-2, in the FedEx Orange Bowl to win the National Championship.

Aug. 2, 2001 – Pro Player Stadium plays host to the *NSYNC concert.

Oct 21, 2003   – Pro Player Stadium hosts its second World Series as 65,731 fans file in to watch the New York Yankees defeat the Florida Marlins, 6-1, in Game 3 of the Fall Classic. Marlins rebound to win their second world title in six games.

Jan, 4, 2005 – USC defeats Oklahoma, 55-19, in the FedEx Orange Bowl to claim the national championship.

Jan. 10, 2005   – Pro Player Stadium is re-named Dolphins Stadium. A three-phase improvement process to the stadium includes a remodeled club level and luxury suites, improved traffic flow, additional parking and state-of-the-art scoreboards.

April 8, 2006 – Owner H. Wayne Huizenga and Dolphins Enterprises CEO Joe Bailey announce and unveil a new logo and modified name for the stadium. The new name, Dolphin Stadium, appears on the new logo with a contemporary-looking dolphin. The world’s largest hi-definition video boards are also unveiled and used for the first time. Dolphin Stadium begins a $250 million historic transformation.

Dec., 2006 – Dolphin Stadium begins a $250 million historic transformation unlike any stadium in the United States has experienced. With the addition of 360,000 square feet, Dolphin Stadium is creating space for incredible experiences.

Feb. 4, 2007 – The fourth Super Bowl held at Dolphin Stadium takes place. In Super Bowl XLI  the Indianapolis Colts defeat the Chicago Bears, 29-17.

July 10, 2007   – “Sting” and The Police perform at Dolphin Stadium

Jan. 3, 2008     – The Kansas Jayhawks defeat the Virginia Tech Hokies, 24-21, in the 74th FedEx Orange Bowl.

Feb. 22, 2008  – H. Wayne Huizenga announces Stephen M. Ross becomes 50% partner of stadium and team.

Aug. 28, 2008  – The University of Miami plays its first home football game at Dolphin Stadium with a 52-7 win over Charleston Southern before a crowd of 48,119.

Nov. 26, 2008  – Madonna performs at Dolphin Stadium.

Dec. 30, 2008  – The NFL announces that Dolphin Stadium will be the first venue in recent history to host the Pro Bowl outside of Hawaii. The 2010 Pro Bowl is only the second Pro Bowl played in the same city as the Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Coliseum hosted the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967, and the Pro Bowl the following week. The 2010 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2010 also the site of Super Bowl XLIV a week later on Sunday, February 7.

Jan. 8, 2009     – The Florida Gators win their second National Championship in three years with a 24-14 win over the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game played before a crowd of 78,468 at Dolphin Stadium.

Jan. 20, 2009   – Wayne Huizenga and Stephen M. Ross jointly announce that Ross has closed on the purchase of an additional 45 percent of the Miami Dolphins and Dolphin Stadium. Coupled with his earlier purchase of 50 percent of the franchise, the stadium, and the excess developable land last February 22, Ross now has 95 percent ownership of the Dolphins and the stadium while Huizenga will retain a 5 percent share of both and remains a 50 percent partner in that land.

Mar. 14-18, 2009 – Dolphin Stadium plays host to the second round (Pool 2) of the World Baseball Classic. A total of six games are played at the stadium featuring Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, United States and Venezuela. The United States and Venezuela advanced from the group to the semi-finals in Los Angeles.

May 8, 2009 – Stephen M. Ross and celebrated singer songwriter Jimmy Buffett announce that Dolphin Stadium will be renamed Land Shark Stadium. The unique branding brings Buffett’s Margaritaville and Land Shark themes to enhance the game-day experience. To mark the announcement, Buffett performs three songs and unveils the new lyrics to his iconic song “FINS”, written expressly for the team.

Nov. 4, 2009 – Honduras plays Peru in an international soccer friendly match.

Jan. 20, 2010   – Landshark Stadium is renamed Sun Life Stadium after Sun Life Financial enters into a multi-year naming rights partnership with the stadium and the Dolphins.

Jan. 31, 2010   – The 2010 NFL Pro Bowl takes place at Sun Life Stadium. The first Pro Bowl game to be played outside of Hawaii in 30 years.

Feb. 7, 2010    – The fifth Super Bowl at Sun Life Stadium takes place. The New Orleans Saints defeat the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17.

April 3, 2010   – Paul McCartney’s “Up & Coming Tour” stops at Sun Life Stadium.

Sept. 26, 2010 – LIV Sun Life Stadium makes its debut during the Dolphins-Jets game. The South Beach-style club is situated west endzone in the stadium’s Club Level. It combines the excitement of Dolphins football with the allure of South Beach and features waitress and butler service, premium bars, HDTVs, celebrity appearances, DJs and a dance floor.

Feb. 9, 2011    – At the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, it is announced that WrestleMania XXVIII will be held at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012. In addition to the actual main event, which will be televised via pay-per-view to more than 100 countries, there will be a weeklong slate of events similar to Super Bowl week. Among them will be the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, WrestleMania Axxess, the finals of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge and a Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

June 29, 2011  – Featuring one of the biggest concert stages ever built, the U2 360 Tour stops at Sun Life Stadium before a crowd of more than 73,000.

Aug. 3, 2011    – FC Barcelona, the 2011 UEFA Champions League champions, face one of Mexico’s most popular clubs, CD Guadalajara, as part of the 2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge, at Sun Life Stadium. This marks the first time ever FC Barcelona has played in South Florida. Chivas stuns Barcelona, 4-1, on four second half goals before a record crowd of 70,080 to see a soccer event in South Florida. It eclipsed the previous record of 57,724 set in 1984 when Columbia played AC Milan in the Orange Bowl.

Sept. 28, 2011 – The Marlins play their final game at Sun Life Stadium. A crowd of 34,615 watch as the Marlins drop a 3-1 decision to the Washington Nationals. Since their debut season in 1993, in all the Marlins played 1,504 games in the stadium and posted a record of 781-723.

Nov. 23, 2011  – The Black Eyed Peas play their final show in an all-star heavy concert featuring Cee Lo Green, Jason DeRulo, T-Pain, Sean Kingston, Flo Rida, DJ Smiley, and host Queen Latifah.

March 3, 2012 – The inaugural Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic is held at Sun Life Stadium as the all-day event features three high school games, a middle-school contest and an interactive lacrosse camp.

April 1, 2012   – The WWE’s WrestleMania XXVIII is held at the stadium before a crowd of 78,363. The four-hour show featured CM Punk, John Cena, The Rock, The Undertaker, Triple H, as well as Flo Rida, Diddy and MGK.

June 23, 2012  – The World Soccer Masters Tour stops at Sun Life Stadium as a crowd of 48,327 watched as Lionel Messi and other stars come together. Messi, who has been named the World Soccer Player of the Year the previous three seasons, makes his South Florida debut by scoring three goals and adding two assists in a steady game-long rain as his Black Masters team tie the Red Stars, 7-7.

July 28, 2012   – AC Milan defeats Chelsea, 1-0, in front of a crowd of 57,748 at Sun Life Stadium in an exhibition match as part of the Herbalife World Football Challenge.

Jan. 7, 2013 – The Alabama Crimson Tide win their second consecutive National Championship and third title in four years with a 42-14 win over the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game played before a crowd of 80,120 at Sun Life Stadium.

Jan. 10, 2013   – Cirque du Soleil debuts at Sun Life Stadium with TOTEM, a new big top production. Under the blue and yellow Big Top, TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

Feb. 22, 2013  – With more than 23 Grammy Awards, 67 million albums sold and two Emmys combined, music icons JAY Z and Justin Timberlake announce 12 once-in-a-lifetime stadium performances which will conclude with an August 16, 2013 concert at Sun Life Stadium.

May 30, 2013  – It is announced that eight world-class soccer teams — AC Milan, Inter Milan, Valencia, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Everton, Juventus and the Los Angeles Galaxy — will participate in the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup, which will conclude with an exciting pair of doubleheaders at Sun Life Stadium on Aug. 6-7, where every team will play in an unprecedented two-day event.

June 8, 2013    – Spain, the defending World Cup champions, defeated Haiti, 2-1, in front of a crowd of 36,535 at Sun Life Stadium. Through Project Phoenix, the match directly supported the Haitian community by not only donating one dollar per ticket sold to help construct a national team stadium in Cité Soleil, Haiti, but also develop a surrounding community center. Additionally, 100 percent of proceeds of a specially designed jersey sold at Sun Life Stadium went directly to the development efforts.

August 6 & 7, 2013 – The inaugural International Champions Cup is played at Sun Life Stadium, featuring AC Milan, Inter Milan, Valencia, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Everton, Juventus and the Los Angeles Galaxy.   On August 7th crowd of 67,237 were on hand to witness Real Madrid win the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup trophy, defeating Chelsea by a score of 3-1. Cristiano Ronaldo led the way for Madrid by scoring two goals and earning Man of the Tournament honors.

August 16, 2013 – The Legends of the Summer Tour featuring Justin Timberlake and Jay Z makes its final tour stop at Sun Life Stadium.

September 9, 2013 – Tom Garfinkel is named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium by Dolphins Owner and Managing General Partner Stephen M. Ross.

Event Calendar
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August 29
Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins

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September 3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins

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September 5th
Miami Hurricanes vs. Behune-Cookman

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September 19th
Miami Hurricanes vs. Nebraska

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September 27
Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins

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October 17th
Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Tech

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October 24th
Miami Hurricanes vs. Clemson

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October 25
Houston Texans vs. Miami Dolphins

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November 7th
Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia

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November 21st
Miami Hurricanes vs. Georgia Tech

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November 22
Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins

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December 6
Baltimore Ravens vs. Miami Dolphins

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December 14
New York Giants vs. Miami Dolphins

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December 27
Indianapolis Colts vs. Miami Dolphins

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January 16
Life In Color