MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins have a new coach, and now
they have a new name for their stadium.
It will be known as Dolphins Stadium, and there are plans to
expand the facility and possibly add a roof, owner Wayne Huizenga
The name change takes place nearly five years after Huizenga
unsuccessfully began seeking a new naming-rights sponsor for the
ballpark. Pro Player signed a 10-year, $20 million deal with the
Dolphins in 1996, but the sports apparel company was bought out
five years ago.
A new management company -- Dolphins Enterprises LLC -- is being created. A CEO for that company will be named shortly, Huizenga
The CEO will report directly to Huizenga, as will new coach Nick
A three-phase renovation is planned "to transform the stadium
into a year-round destination and a venue that is ready-made for
the Super Bowl, Orange Bowl and other major national and
international events," Huizenga said.
The first phase of the makeover may include new scoreboards,
remodeled suites, new exhibition space, additional parking and a
new traffic flow around the ballpark, at an estimated cost of $100
million to $125 million.
Other remodeling plans would not begin until the Florida Marlins
leave the stadium. The Marlins hope to be playing in a new downtown
Miami ballpark by 2008, and their lease with the stadium expires in
2010. They have been told their lease will not be renewed.
The second phase might include a permanent or retractable roof -- something the Marlins have said is a prerequisite for their new
ballpark and is critical to their long-term viability in South