In general, the renovation would eliminate the facilities put in for the Marlins in the 1990s, including two dugouts still off the sidelines and retractable bleachers once used to create the outfield.
The tour also highlighted how the renovation would bring much-needed improvements to the Dolphins’ home field. That includes new wider seats in all levels, swapping out the facility’s nearly 10-year-old video screens and bringing in a modern lighting system to replace the original 1987 equipment Joe Robbie put in when the stadium opened. Sliding glass doors in suites overlooking the field would be replaced with pivoting glass to eliminate visibility complaints from VIP customers.
Dee outlined how the seating mix would change, too: about 9,000 seats from the upper bleachers will be removed to make way for new scoreboards, while nine rows of choice seats will be added off the sidelines. He said the overall mix of “regular” to premium seats wouldn’t change, and that high-priced club seats would decline after the renovation.
In all, Sun Life’s current capacity of 75,500 would shrink to 65,300 — about a 13 percent decline. Dee said additional seating could be added for major events, including the Super Bowl.
Dee said the renovation would “help” profitability but that a winning team is what’s needed to boost finances. “You may have noticed, much to our chagrin, there have been a fair amount of vacant seats,’’ he said.
Miami Herald reporter Doug Hanks contributed to this report. Toluse Olorunnipa can be reached at tolorunnipa@Miami
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