Hard Rock Stadium
Hard Rock Stadium is a multipurpose football stadium located in Miami Gardens, Florida, a city north of Miami. It is the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). Hard Rock Stadium also plays host to the Miami Hurricanes football team during their regular season. The facility also hosts the Orange Bowl, an annual college football bowl game. It was the home to the Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1993 to 2011.
Exterior view, August 2017
|Address||347 Don Shula Drive|
|Location||Miami Gardens, Florida|
|Owner||Miami Hurricanes, LLC|
(a subsidiary of the Miami Dolphins)
|Capacity||64,767 (Football) 14,000 (Tennis)|
(2013 BCS National Championship Game)
|Surface||Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass|
|Broke ground||December 1, 1985|
|Opened||August 16, 1987|
|Construction cost||US$115 million|
($254 million in 2018 dollars)
|Architect||Populous (then HOK Sport); HOK (2016 renovation)|
|Project manager||George A. Fuller Company|
|Structural engineer||Bliss & Nyitray Inc.|
|Services engineer||Blum Consulting Engineers|
|General contractor||Huber, Hunt & Nichols|
|Miami Dolphins (NFL) (1987–present)|
Russell Athletic Bowl (NCAA) (1990–2000)
Florida Marlins (MLB) (1993–2011)
Orange Bowl (NCAA) (1996–present)
Florida Atlantic Owls (NCAA) (2001–2002)
Miami Hurricanes (NCAA) (2008–present)
Miami Open (tennis) (2019–present)
The stadium has hosted five Super Bowls (XXIII, XXIX, XXXIII, XLI and XLIV), the 2010 Pro Bowl, two World Series (1997 and 2003), four BCS National Championship Games (2001, 2005, 2009, 2013), the second round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and WrestleMania XXVIII. The stadium will host Super Bowl LIV in 2020 and the College Football Playoff National Championship in 2021.
Starting in 2019, the stadium will host the Miami Open tennis tournament, played in March.
The facility opened in 1987 as Joe Robbie Stadium and has been known by a number of names since: Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Land Shark Stadium, and Sun Life Stadium. In August 2016 the team sold the naming rights to Hard Rock Cafe Inc. for $250 million over 18 years. 
History and factsEdit
Conception and constructionEdit
For their first 21 seasons, the Miami Dolphins played at the Orange Bowl. Joe Robbie, the team's founder, led the financing campaign to build a new home for the team. He believed it was only a matter of time before a Major League Baseball team came to South Florida. At his request, the stadium was built so only minimal renovations would be necessary to ready it for a baseball team. Most notably, the field was made somewhat wider than is normally the case for an NFL stadium. The wide field also made it fairly easy to convert the stadium for soccer.
Because of this design decision, the first row of seats was 90 ft (27 m) from the sideline in a football configuration, considerably more distant than the first row of seats in most football stadiums (the closest seats at the new Soldier Field, for instance, are 55 ft (17 m) from the sideline at the 50-yard line). This resulted in a less intimate venue for football compared to other football facilities built around this time, as well as to the Orange Bowl.
The first preseason game for the Dolphins was played on August 16, 1987 against the Chicago Bears. The first regular season game was scheduled for September 27, a week 3 game against the New York Giants; this game was canceled and not made up due to the 1987 players strike. The first regular season NFL game played there was a 42–0 Dolphins victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on October 11, 1987. The game was in the middle of the 1987 NFL strike, and was played with replacement players. The first game with union players was on October 25 of that year, a 34-31 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills. The stadium hosted its first Monday Night Football game on December 7 of that year, a 37–28 Dolphins victory over the New York Jets.
The Dolphins have played eight playoff games in the stadium, including the 1992 AFC Championship Game, which the team lost to the Buffalo Bills, 29–10. The Dolphins are 5–3 in playoff games held here, losing the most recent one in January 2009, against the Baltimore Ravens.
The team is unbeaten here against the Minnesota Vikings (3–0), Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers (7–0), Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams (4–0), and Washington Redskins (4–0); they are winless here against the Dallas Cowboys (0–3) and New York Giants (0–3). The Chargers are 0-8 overall in the stadium, also losing Super Bowl XXIX to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Marlins move inEdit
While Joe Robbie was a multi-purpose stadium built primarily for football, its design also accommodated baseball and soccer. Dolphins founder Joe Robbie believed it was a foregone conclusion that MLB would come to South Florida, so he wanted the stadium designed to make any necessary renovations for baseball as seamless as possible. In 1990, Wayne Huizenga purchased 50% of then-Joe Robbie Stadium and became the point man in the drive to bring Major League Baseball (MLB) to South Florida. That effort was rewarded in July 1991, when the Miami area was awarded an MLB expansion franchise. The new team was named the Florida Marlins, and placed in the National League to begin competing in 1993.
The first Marlins game played at then-Joe Robbie Stadium was on April 5, 1993, a 6–3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Marlins drew more than 3 million people in their inaugural season. They went on to won two World Series titles, in 1997 and 2003.
Despite such preparation and pockets of success, the stadium was less than adequate as a baseball venue. Although its design was meant to accommodate baseball, it was primarily a football stadium. There were plenty of reminders of that purpose even in the stadium's baseball configuration. The stadium's color scheme matched that of the Dolphins. When the football season overlapped, cleat marks, as well as silhouettes of hashmarks and logos of the Dolphins or Hurricanes, were visible on the baseball diamond. The Marlins reduced capacity to 47,662 (later to 35,521), mainly to create a more intimate atmosphere for baseball. However, capacity would have likely been reduced in any event, since many of the seats in the upper deck were too far from the field to be of any use during the regular season. Even with the reduced capacity, the sight lines were less than optimal for baseball. Most seats were pointed toward the 50-yard line—where center field was located in the baseball configuration. Lights were not angled for optimum baseball visibility. Players had to walk through football tunnels to get to dugouts that were designed with low ceiling joists. Some of these embarrassing issues were showcased on national television during the two World Series held there, when capacity was expanded to over 67,000. Most notably, some areas of left and center field were not part of the football playing field, and fans sitting in the left-field upper deck couldn't see any game action in those areas except on the replay boards. These issues became even more pronounced over the years, as, by 2004, a wave of baseball-only parks left what had by then been renamed Pro Player Stadium as the only National League park that played host to both an MLB and an NFL team.
Additionally, the stadium was built for games held during the fall/winter football season, not for games in the tropical summers of South Florida, which feature oppressive heat, humidity, frequent rain, and occasional tropical storms. For most of the stadium's run as a baseball venue, it was the hottest stadium in the majors, with temperatures for day games frequently reaching well above 95 °F (35 °C). The Marlins played most of their summer home games at night as a result. The lack of refuge from the uncomfortable climate and disruptive rain delays were considered a cause of chronically low attendance after that inaugural season. When the Marlins were not contending, they struggled to attract crowds larger than 5,000—a figure that looked even smaller than that due to the cavernous environment. Some Marlins players later admitted that they "couldn't wait to go on the road" because Sun Life Stadium (as their home had been renamed in 2010) had the "worst [playing] conditions" and least fan energy in the majors during years when the team was not a contender.
Baseball renovations and configurationsEdit
After Huizenga bought part of the stadium, it was extensively renovated to accommodate a baseball team at the cost of several million dollars, as part of his successful bid to bring baseball to South Florida. Purists initially feared the result would be similar to Exhibition Stadium in Toronto; when the Toronto Blue Jays played there from 1977 to 1989, they were burdened with seats that were so far from the field (over 800 feet in some cases) that they weren't even sold during the regular season. However, Robbie had foreseen Miami would be a likely location for a new or relocated MLB team, and the stadium was designed to make any necessary renovations for baseball as seamless as possible. On January 24, 1994, Huizenga acquired the remaining 50% of the stadium to give him 100% ownership.
Aside from baseball renovations, the stadium underwent some permanent renovations. In April 2006, the stadium unveiled two Daktronics large video boards, the largest in professional sports at the time. The east display measured 50 ft (15 m) high by 140 ft (43 m) wide, and the west end zone display measured 50 ft (15 m) high by 100 ft (30 m) wide. A new 2,118-foot (646 m)-long LED ribbon board, again the largest in the world at the time, was also installed. These have since been surpassed in size.
In addition, the upgrades included vastly widened 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) concourses on the stadium's north and south sides. Bars, lounges and other amenities were also added. The renovation had three phases, with the second and third phases of renovation taking place after the Marlins left the stadium. These remaining phases included adding a roof to shield fans from the rain, which caused the relocation of the video boards to the top corners of the upper deck, as well as remodeling the sidelines of the lower bowl to narrow the field and bring seats closer, ending its convertibility to baseball. The orange colored seats were also replaced with teal colored ones.
A privately funded $350 million stadium renovation project began in January 2015. The project plan allowed the stadium to be used for football games during the 2015 season and was completed for the 2016 football season. Stadium upgrades included video boards in each corner of the stadium, additional suites, and an open-air canopy over the main seating areas. As part of the renovation, the stadium's seating capacity was reduced from 75,000 to 65,000 seats. Personal seat licenses were not used, and a preview center opened at the stadium in February 2015 to help current and prospective season ticket holders select their ticket packages. Luxury packages were used in place of PSL revenue to help finance the stadium. Thirty-two four-seat pods were installed located in the lower bowl at the south 30-yard lines, with an additional 16 pods at the south end zone. The pods feature a living room arrangement, including premium furniture and television screens that show the NFL RedZone channel and NFL programming.
The 65,326 permanent seats for football and soccer configurations break down as follows: For the general 19" seats with chair back and armrests, there are 27,397 in the lower deck and 34,736 in the upper deck. There are 10,209 of the bigger club 21" seats with chair back and armrests. In the 193 executive suites with 10, 12, 16, 20, and 24 seats, there are a total of 3,198. There are also 300 seating locations for disabled persons, 150 seats for working press, and 10 radio/TV booths.
The stadium contains 10,209 club seats and 216 suites. When the Marlins played at the stadium, 2,400 of the club seats and 216 suites were available.
The parking around the stadium takes up 140 acres, featuring parking for 24,137 cars, 171 buses, 90 RVs, 85 limousines, and one helipad on site. The parking fee was $30 per car/truck/SUV for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. $40 per car/truck/suv for 2017 yellow section.
The stadium has played host to five Super Bowls (1989, 1995, 1999, 2007, and 2010). There has been a kickoff return for a touchdown in each Super Bowl played at the stadium, except in the most recent game. The stadium also hosted the 2010 Pro Bowl. The stadium will host Super Bowl LIV in 2020.
The 2007 Super Bowl at Dolphin Stadium—when Indianapolis defeated Chicago 29–17—was marred by heavy rains. An estimated 30% of the lower-level seating was empty during the second half.
In 2010, the NFL threatened to take the stadium out of further consideration for a Super Bowl or Pro Bowl unless significant renovations were made. One of the upgrades desired was a roof to protect fans from the elements. In 2012, the Dolphins scrapped plans for pitching a $200-million hotel tax proposal that would have included a partial stadium roof.
In 2016, an open-air canopy was constructed that protects the seating bowl from the elements. The canopy however, does have a football-field sized hole in the middle, and thus does not protect the playing field itself from rain. The renovations were completed by the first Miami Dolphins pre-season home game in September 2016. Previously, since the field runs east–west (rather than north–south as is the case in most other stadiums), the north stands were exposed to the full force of South Florida's oppressive heat early in the season. The issue became so problematic that Stephen Ross, who owns the Dolphins and the stadium, successfully petitioned the NFL to have all September home games start at 4 pm. Although the heat gave the Dolphins a substantial home-field advantage against opponents unaccustomed to the sweltering heat, Ross was willing to give that up in order to ensure a more comfortable environment for fans.
|Date||Super Bowl||Team (Visitor)||Points||Team (Home)||Points||Spectators|
|January 22, 1989||XXIII||Cincinnati Bengals||16||San Francisco 49ers||20||75,597|
|January 29, 1995||XXIX||San Diego Chargers||26||San Francisco 49ers||49||74,107|
|January 31, 1999||XXXIII||Denver Broncos||34||Atlanta Falcons||19||74,803|
|February 4, 2007||XLI||Indianapolis Colts||29||Chicago Bears||17||74,512|
|February 7, 2010||XLIV||New Orleans Saints||31||Indianapolis Colts||17||74,059|
The stadium has hosted both the 2009 BCS National Championship Game and the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. The 2013 game between Alabama and Notre Dame set a new attendance record for the facility, with 80,120 on hand to witness Alabama's third BCS Championship in four seasons.
The stadium has hosted the Miami Hurricanes beginning in 2008. The stadium was the home field for the Florida Atlantic Owls (2001–2002).
Between 1990 and 2000, the stadium hosted a bowl game variously known as the Blockbuster Bowl, CarQuest Bowl, and MicronPC Bowl. After 2000, that bowl was moved to Orlando, where it eventually became known as the Russell Athletic Bowl.
The stadium has been the site of the Orange Bowl game since 1996, except for the January 1999 contest between Florida and Syracuse, which had to be moved due to a conflict with a Dolphins playoff game.
Until 2008, the stadium was host (in even numbered years) to the annual Shula Bowl, a game played between the Florida Atlantic University Owls and the Florida International University Panthers, when the game was hosted by FAU as the home team (FIU hosts the game at its own stadium, Riccardo Silva Stadium, every other year). In 2010, the game was moved to Fort Lauderdale's Lockhart Stadium, and in 2011 the Owls opened FAU Stadium on its Boca Raton campus, and started hosting the Shula Bowl there biennially in 2012.
In 2017 it was announced that the stadium would host the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship.
On April 1, 2012, the stadium hosted WrestleMania XXVIII—WWE's flagship professional wrestling event. It marked the second edition of WrestleMania to be held in Florida, and the third to be held entirely outdoors.
Two National League Division Series have been played at the stadium:
- 1997 against the San Francisco Giants: Marlins win 3 games to 0
- 2003 against the San Francisco Giants: Marlins win 3 games to 1
Two National League Championship Series have been played at Hard Rock Stadium:
- 1997 against the Atlanta Braves: Marlins win 4 games to 2
- 2003 against the Chicago Cubs: Marlins win 4 games to 3
Two World Series have been played at Hard Rock Stadium:
- 1997 against the Cleveland Indians: Marlins win 4 games to 3
- 2003 against the New York Yankees: Marlins win 4 games to 2
When the Marlins began play in 1993, baseball capacity was initially reduced to 47,662, with most of the upper level covered with a tarp. In addition to Huizenga's desire to create a more intimate atmosphere for baseball, most of the seats in the upper level would have been too far from the field to be of any use during the regular season. The stadium's baseball capacity was further reduced over the years, and finally settled at 38,560 seats. However, the Marlins would usually open the entire upper level for the postseason. In the 1997 World Series, the Marlins played before crowds of over 67,000 fans, some of the highest postseason attendance figures in MLB history, only exceeded by Cleveland Stadium, home of the Cleveland Indians during the 1948 and 1954 World Series, old Yankee Stadium prior to its mid 1970s renovation, and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the temporary home of the Los Angeles Dodgers (before Dodger Stadium was opened) in the 1959 World Series.
Although it was designed from the ground up to accommodate baseball, it was never a true multipurpose stadium. Rather, it was built as a football stadium that could convert into a baseball stadium. Most of the seats in the baseball configuration were pointed toward center field – where the 50-yard line would have been in the football configuration. As a result, even with the reduced capacity, the sight lines for baseball left much to be desired. This was particularly evident during the Marlins' World Series appearances in 1997 and 2003. Some portions of left and center field were not part of the football playing field, and fans sitting in the left field upper-deck seats were unable to see these areas except on the replay boards. Even with the reduced capacity, during years the Marlins were not contending, they often drew crowds of 5,000 or fewer—a total that looked even smaller due to the spacious environment.
The stadium was notorious for its poor playing conditions. The lights were not located in optimal positions for baseball visibility. During August and September, when the Dolphins (and later, the Hurricanes) shared the stadium, the field conditions were, according to both Marlins and visiting players, among the worst in the majors. Indeed, several Marlins players said that at times, they "couldn't wait to go on the road." Visiting teams hated coming to the stadium as well. For instance, when the Atlanta Braves came to the stadium for the last time in 2011, Dan Uggla, who played for the Marlins from 2006 to 2010, said that he was probably the only Brave who was going to miss it. The stadium's problems as a baseball venue became even more stark as time wore on, as the Marlins' tenure in the stadium coincided with a wave of new, baseball-only parks. When the Marlins began play in 1993, the stadium was one of 14 that hosted both a Major League Baseball team and a professional football team. But by the time the Marlins left the stadium, it was one of only three in the majors (and the only National League stadium) that played host to both a baseball team and an NFL or CFL team. The others were the Oakland Coliseum and Toronto's Rogers Centre.
For most of the Marlins' tenure at the stadium, it was the hottest stadium in the major leagues. The Marlins played nearly all of their home games from late May through mid-September at night due to South Florida's often oppressive heat and humidity. They also got waivers from MLB and ESPN to play on Sunday nights.
The stadium was the venue where Mark McGwire hit his NL-record 57th home run to best Hack Wilson's 68-year-old record of 56 in 1998. Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 600th career home run off Mark Hendrickson of the Marlins on June 9, 2008; and where Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched the 20th perfect game in Major League Baseball history on May 29, 2010, against the Marlins.
|July 3, 1988||Rod Stewart
Hall & Oates
|John Day and Full Circle||Happy Birthday America '88||40,000||—|
|July 30, 1989||The Who||—||The Who Tour 1989||54,339 / 54,339||$1,222,628|
|April 14, 1990||Paul McCartney||—||The Paul McCartney World Tour||95,410 / 95,410||$2,862,300|
|April 15, 1990|
|August 12, 1990||New Kids on the Block||The Magic Summer Tour||60,000 / 60,000||—|
|December 31, 1991||Guns N' Roses||—||Use Your Illusion Tour||—||—|
|May 16, 1992||Genesis||—||We Can't Dance Tour||—||—|
|July 4, 1992||Chicago||—||—||—||—|
|September 26, 1992||Crosby, Stills & Nash||—||—||—||—|
|October 3, 1992||U2||Big Audio Dynamite II
|Zoo TV Tour||45,244 / 46,000||$1,289,454|
|March 30, 1994||Pink Floyd||The Division Bell Tour||54,738 / 54,738||$1,975,665|
|November 25, 1994||The Rolling Stones||Bryan Adams
|Voodoo Lounge Tour||55,935 / 55,935||$2,574,810||Special Guest Michael Hutchence.|
|April 13, 1995||Billy Joel
|—||Face to Face 1995||103,694 / 103,694||$4,385,725|
|April 14, 1995|
|March 8, 1997||The Three Tenors||—||The Three Tenors World Tour||—||—|
|November 14, 1997||U2||Smash Mouth||PopMart Tour||42,778 / 44,500||$2,158,988|
|July 10, 2007||The Police||Maroon 5
|The Police Reunion Tour||46,105 / 46,105||$5,094,870|
|November 26, 2008||Madonna||Paul Oakenfold||Sticky & Sweet Tour||47,998 / 47,998||$6,137,030||Timbaland and Pharrell Williams were the special guests onstage.|
|April 3, 2010||Paul McCartney||—||Up and Coming Tour||35,784 / 35,784||$4,325,859|
|June 29, 2011||U2||Florence and the Machine||U2 360° Tour||72,569 / 72,569||$6,799,670||The concert was originally scheduled to take place on July 9, 2010, but then it was postponed due to Bono's back surgery.|
|November 23, 2011||The Black Eyed Peas||Sean Kingston
|August 16, 2013||Justin Timberlake
|DJ Cassidy||Legends of the Summer||46,366 / 46,366||$5,350,175|
|June 25, 2014||Beyoncé
|—||On the Run Tour||49,980 / 49,980||$5,450,026|
|October 5, 2014||One Direction||5 Seconds of Summer||Where We Are Tour||53,914 / 53,914||$4,303,749|
|June 11, 2017||U2||OneRepublic||The Joshua Tree Tour 2017||48,494 / 48,494||$5,923,665|
|July 7, 2017||Metallica||Avenged Sevenfold
|WorldWired Tour||32,168 / 45,433||$3,163,523|
|August 28, 2017||Coldplay||AlunaGeorge
|A Head Full of Dreams Tour||47,866 / 47,866||$6,446,966|
|August 18, 2018||Taylor Swift||Camila Cabello
|Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour||47,818 / 47,818||$7,072,164||Highest grossing concert in the stadium to date.|
|August 31, 2018||Beyoncé
|Chloe X Halle and DJ Khaled||On the Run II Tour||44,310 / 44,310||$6,295,535|
|April 20, 2019||The Rolling Stones||TBA||No Filter Tour|
A number of soccer matches have been held in the stadium, including a number of international friendlies featuring Central or South American sides. (This is due to South Florida being home to one of the largest populations of Central and South Americans in the United States.)
On September 5, 2014, two months after a heavy defeat to Germany in the World Cup, Brazil beat Colombia, 1–0, in front of an announced attendance of 73,429 fans, a new attendance record for a soccer match at the stadium.
Two 2017 International Champions Cup preseason matches were played at the Hard Rock, one of them the El Clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Barcelona won 3–2 in the second El Clásico to take place outside of Spain. 66,014 people, above current capacity, attended the match.
On March 23, 2018 the international friendly Peru–Croatia was played at the stadium, which Peru won 2–0. Hard Rock Stadium is also a candidate to be one of the host stadiums for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
|Date||Team (Visitor)||Goals||Team (Home)||Goals||Spectators|
|August 3, 2011||FC Barcelona||1||Guadalajara||4||70,080|
|February 29, 2012||Colombia||2||Mexico||0||51,615|
|July 28, 2012||A.C. Milan||1||Chelsea||0||57,748|
|August 6, 2013||Juventus||1||Inter Milan||1||38,513|
|November 16, 2013||Brazil||5||Honduras||0||71,124|
|June 4, 2014||England||2||Ecuador||2||21,534|
|June 9, 2014||Ghana||4||South Korea||0||5,000|
|August 4, 2014||Manchester United||3||Liverpool||1||51,014|
|September 5, 2014||Brazil||1||Colombia||0||73,429|
|July 26, 2017||Paris Saint-Germain||2||Juventus||3||44,444|
|July 29, 2017||FC Barcelona||3||Real Madrid||2||66,014|
|March 23, 2018||Peru||2||Croatia||0||60,000|
|July 28, 2018||Bayern Munich||2||Manchester City||3||29,195|
|July 31, 2018||Manchester United||2||Real Madrid||1||64,141|
|September 7, 2018||Colombia||2||Venezuela||1||34,048|
|October 12, 2018||Peru||3||Chile||0||TBD|
The monster truck touring series Monster Jam used to go to the stadium every year. The last show performed there was in 2015, and in 2018 the shows moved to Marlins Park. In 2012, the show was filmed and shown on SPEED Channel.
|Year||Date||Racing Winner||Freestyle Winner|
|2002||January 26||Gunslinger||El Toro Loco|
|2003||January 25||El Toro Loco||Grave Digger|
|2004||January 24||MADUSA||Grave Digger|
|2005||February 5||Grave Digger||El Toro Loco/Grave Digger (tie)|
|2006||February 4||Gunslinger||Blue Thunder|
|2007||February 17||El Toro Loco||Grave Digger|
|2008||February 2||Blue Thunder||Grave Digger|
|2009||January 31||Stone Crusher||Grave Digger|
|2010||February 20||Gunslinger||Maximum Destruction|
|2011||February 12||Mohawk Warrior||Grave Digger|
|2012||February 11||Bounty Hunter||Advance Auto Parts Grinder|
|2013||February 9||Bounty Hunter||Grave Digger|
|2014||February 8||Grave Digger The Legend||El Toro Loco|
|2015||January 3||Grave Digger The Legend|
|2016||No Show (Stadium Renovations)|
|2017||No Show (Unknown Reasoning)|
|2018||No Show (Moved to Marlins Park)|
Movies have also been shot there, most notably Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, which starred Jim Carrey and featured Dolphins great Dan Marino as himself; Marley and Me, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston; and the Oliver Stone-directed Any Given Sunday, starring Al Pacino.
Other events held at the stadium have included international soccer games, Hoop-It-Up Basketball, RV and boat shows, the UniverSoul Circus, and numerous trade shows. It has also hosted religious gatherings.
The stadium has also hosted Australian rules football exhibition matches (including two Victorian Football League (VFL) post-season exhibitions). For the 1988 exhibition between Collingwood and Geelong, the game was played on the diagonal to compensate for the stadium not being an oval.
In 2006, it hosted the High School State Football Championships, sanctioned by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA).
During the planning and building phase of the stadium, the stadium was referred to as Dolphin Stadium. The stadium was named after Joe Robbie, the original and then-owner of the Miami Dolphins and stadium in 1987, when it opened. In the early 1990s, Wayne Huizenga gained control of the stadium. Huizenga first sold the naming rights to Pro Player, the sports apparel division of Fruit of the Loom, and Joe Robbie Stadium became Pro Player Park on August 26, 1996. After the Dolphins opened the 1996 season at Pro Player Park, the stadium was renamed again to Pro Player Stadium before the Dolphins returned home in Week 3. The Marlins’ 1996 season was played under three different names, having started the year under the Joe Robbie name.
Fruit of the Loom filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 1999, and the Pro Player brand was ultimately liquidated in 2001, but the stadium name held for several more years. In January 2005, the Pro Player name was replaced with Dolphins Stadium, coinciding with a renovation of the stadium. Dolphins was changed to Dolphin in April 2006, in an update of graphics and logos.
From February 2008 through January 2009, Stephen M. Ross gradually acquired 95% of the stadium and surrounding land. He then partnered with Jimmy Buffett to change the name once more, this time to Land Shark Stadium after a beer brewed for Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant chain. The renaming was announced on May 8, 2009, but would last less than a year as the deal did not include rights for the upcoming 2010 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIV.
On January 20, 2010, Canadian-based financial services company Sun Life Financial announced that it had acquired the naming rights. Sun Life Financial announced in 2012, that it will be exiting the U.S. annuity business and focusing on its employee benefits business in the U.S. On August 14, 2015, the Dolphins told the Miami Herald that Sun Life's deal would expire in January 2016 and that the team had no plans to renew, wanting to position their renovated stadium as a brand new entity. The team also stated that they would remove Sun Life's signage upon expiration of the deal, regardless of their ability to find a replacement sponsor before then. During renovations, it was known as the New Miami Stadium.
On August 17, 2016, the Dolphins announced that the naming rights had been sold to Hard Rock Cafe International, and that the stadium would be renamed Hard Rock Stadium. The new name was notably ridiculed by fans of the Florida State Seminoles, as the Seminole Tribe of Florida are the owners of the Hard Rock Cafe chain, but the stadium is the host stadium of their rivals, the University of Miami Hurricanes.
|Joe Robbie Stadium||August 16, 1987 – August 25, 1996|
|Pro Player Park||August 26, 1996 – September 9, 1996|
|Pro Player Stadium||September 10, 1996 – January 9, 2005|
|Dolphins Stadium||January 10, 2005 – April 7, 2006|
|Dolphin Stadium||April 8, 2006 – May 7, 2009|
|Land Shark Stadium||May 8, 2009 – January 5, 2010|
|Dolphin Stadium||January 6, 2010 – January 19, 2010|
|Sun Life Stadium||January 20, 2010 – January 31, 2016|
|New Miami Stadium||February 1, 2016 – August 16, 2016|
|Hard Rock Stadium||August 17, 2016–present|
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