Miami Dolphins

Dolphins CEO: Stadium renovation project is ‘currently on schedule’

Construction on the Dolphins’ stadium shade canopy is on schedule to be finished in time for the season, CEO Tom Garfinkel said Monday.
Construction on the Dolphins’ stadium shade canopy is on schedule to be finished in time for the season, CEO Tom Garfinkel said Monday. pportal@elnuevoherald.com

The Dolphins are telling both fans and tenants that their massive stadium renovation project is, as of now, on track to be finished in time for their home exhibition opener on Aug. 25.

Team CEO Tom Garfinkel, responding to a question on Twitter about a possible snag in construction, said Monday that "we are currently on schedule."

That comes nearly a week after Garfinkel sent a letter to University of Miami athletic director Blake James saying that the team anticipates the stadium should be completed by the Dolphins' preseason game against the Falcons in late August -- barring unforeseen developments.

However, the club stopped short of guaranteeing that it will meet that deadline because of possible events beyond its control.

Furthermore, a Dolphins source tells the Miami Herald that the organization is doing everything in its power to keep this complex project on track, and that when it has fallen slightly behind a few times because of weather or other unforeseen issues, they have consistently been able to make up the time and keep it on schedule.

At a Hurricane Club event last week, James had said UM was exploring contingency plans in case the stadium wasn't ready by UM's Sept. 3 opener against Florida A&M.

UM has explored moving its opener to Orlando or to Marlins Park if the Dolphins' stadium isn't available by Sept. 3, according to a source.

The Dolphins are in the second year of a complete overhaul to their as-of-now unnamed facility. The most recent undertaking -- putting a shade canopy on top of the open-air stadium -- is the most daunting.

It's also not cheap. The project's price tag is expected to exceed the original $450 million estimate.

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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