Sun Life Stadium is no more.
No, not the actual building. That still sits, surrounded by cranes, on Don Shula Drive in Miami Gardens.
But the name of the facility, purchased by a Canadian-based financial services company in 2010?
That changed a month ago, when the contract between the Dolphins and Sun Life expired.
So, for the time being, the home of the Dolphins is unofficially this: the Dolphins’ renovated stadium.
That will change soon, if all goes to plan. The team said in the past that it hopes to have a new corporate partner lined up for the start of this coming season.
That’s when the nearly half-billion dollar renovations will be mostly complete. Team CEO Tom Garfinkel said earlier this week that construction is on schedule, and the organization has no choice but to have the shade canopy finished by the start of the season.
The 29-year-old complex has had six names in its history: Joe Robbie Stadium (1987-1995), Pro Player Park/Stadium (1996-2004), Dolphins Stadium (2005), Dolphin Stadium (2006-2008), Land Shark Stadium (2009), and Sun Life Stadium (2010-2016).
The Dolphins went just 21-26 at home during Sun Life’s partnership with the franchise.
Naming rights fees vary by NFL franchises, but it’s not uncommon for a deal to net NFL franchises more than $10 million annually.