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Sun Life Stadium

Miami Gardens, FL

Home of the Miami Dolphins



Sun Life Stadium (map it)
2269 NW 199th St
Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Miami Dolphins website

Sun Life Stadium website

Year Opened: 1987

Capacity: 75,192

There are no tickets available at this time.


Local Information


Fins Up

The home of Miami football resides in at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Miami Dolphins call this home, in addition to the Miami Hurricanes, and formerly the Miami Marlins.

Sun Life Stadium has also been the host of many other prestigious events, including Super Bowls and the Orange Bowl. Since its establishment in 1987, Sun Life Stadium has seen its ups and downs, in terms of performance. From a rainy Super Bowl in 2006 to crucial AFC East showdowns, Sun Life Stadium has been through it all. Sun Life holds approximately 75,000 fans, and is owned and operated by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.


What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The food and beverage at Sun Life Stadium is, simply put, average. While a wide variety of food is available in the main concourse, the quality is nothing else but average. I chose a burger and chicken tenders, which were priced at around eight dollars each and were fair for the price.

The only issue as far as food and beverage goes that I encountered at Sun Life Stadium was the water. On both occasions that I have been to Sun Life, the vendors around my section ran out of water. The temperature outside is often in the low 90s, and one would expect a venue located in Miami to over-stock on water.

Atmosphere    3

The past of Sun Life Stadium is literally written on the walls. Pictures of Don Shula and Dan Marino dominate the concourse, as well as images from significant Marlins and Hurricanes games and moments.

This is Miami during the football season, and any football fan can appreciate warm weather in the dead of winter. However, I was surprised to see the lack of any support from the home fans when I visited. The upper deck was empty for the majority of the game, and the opposing fan base nearly outnumbered the Miami fans. In addition, the Miami fans would constantly criticize and trash their own team.

Despite the negativity, Jimmy Buffett's "Fins" is a light at the end of the tunnel for Dolphins fans. In addition to "Fins," Sun Life Stadium also features their own fight song, played following a Dolphins score. These catchy tunes provide a special spark to Sun Life Stadium on Sundays.

Neighborhood    2

The surrounding area of Sun Life Stadium consists of a parking lot. That's about it. While there are many tailgates around the stadium, both private and sponsored, there is a lack of a bar/restaurant scene in the area surrounding the stadium.

South Beach is a short drive away from Sun Life Stadium; however, it is not close enough for any fan to engage in pre-game festivities. There is a wide variety of chain restaurants in the surrounding Fort Lauderdale and Miami Lakes area, and apart from the occasional golf course, there really isn't a whole lot to do prior to the game.

Fans    2

The main issue with the fans at Sun Life Stadium is the poor attendance, particularly in the selling of upper deck seats. From the first quarter to the fourth, numerous empty seats can be spotted in the upper deck and club-level areas, a rather disappointing turnout for a playoff-caliber team.

The fans that do show up provide a very interested and knowledgeable fan base. When the Dolphins score, the stadium erupts; however, when things don't go as planned, moans and groans can be heard across the stadium.

There seems to be a select group of fans that are disinterested in the game and are more into the food, or simply just to be out of the house.

Access    3

The parking situation at Sun Life Stadium is a tale of two halves. Upon entering the parking lot, just off Florida's Turnpike, the process is simple and easy.

When leaving the stadium, it would be best to eat dinner and enjoy your time in your car, as leaving the stadium can sometimes take about an hour. There is one road out of the stadium, and after the game, it is nearly impossible to get out in a reasonable amount of time.

Parking is widely available around the stadium and priced at $25, which is not terrible by NFL standards.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets at Sun Life Stadium for a Dolphins game range anywhere from $50 to $250, depending on where you wish to sit. The experience and enjoyment you will get out of your time at Sun Life will far outweigh any price of admission.

Whether you are a visiting fan, Dolphins fan, or fan of football, Sun Life is a great place to watch football on Sundays.

Extras    1

The main element that keeps this stadium alive is its location. When opposing fans see Miami on their team's schedule, they circle the date and book their flights. There is no better way to spend a weekend in November or December than in Miami.

Final Thoughts

This is the second time I have made the trip down to Miami to watch an NFL game. Both times, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Miami. My only complaint is the lack of a true fan base, but this should not discourage anyone from making a trip to Florida, by any means. The weather and fan-friendly atmosphere will keep any true fan coming back for more.


It's a shame you couldn't have been around for the Marino days. Fins fans are spoiled. They saw their team play in five of the first 18 Super Bowls and then watch Dan the Man rewrite the record books. It was a great place to be for a long stretch. But it's been 15 seasons of boring football and now the fans have found better things to do. I was there for an AFC Championship Game when Marino was going against Jim Kelly and the Bills. That was a lot of fun.

by JimFolsom | Aug 03, 2015 06:37 PM

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Crowd Reviews

Fins to the Left ... Fins to the Right!

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

There remains only one team in the NFL that can claim to have completed the perfect season. The 1972 Miami Dolphins still get together to crack the champagne once the final NFL team loses. Long gone is the Orange Bowl, now replaced with the new ballpark for the Miami (now Florida) Marlins, but the tradition of Dolphins football lives on.

Home for the Dolphins is the former Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphin/Dolphins/Land Shark Stadium currently known as Sun Life Stadium. Built in 1987 as a replacement for the iconic Orange Bowl, Sun Life Stadium has been home for the Dolphins, the Miami Hurricanes football team, the Orange Bowl game and until 2011, the Florida Marlins. It has also hosted numerous Super Bowls, National Championships in NCAA football, and will host 2012's version of Wrestlemania. Sun Life Stadium was the project of Dolphins founder Joe Robbie, who worked on the finance deal and had the foresight to insist that it be ready for Major League Baseball years before the Marlins would christen South Florida. Unlike many NFL stadiums, Sun Life Stadium is owned by the current majority owners of the Dolphins, Stephen Ross and Wayne Huizenga.

Founded in 1966 by Joe Robbie, the Dolphins have seen moderate success, with 2 Super Bowl victories in 1972 and 1973 and a total of 5 conference championships. In 1995, the estate of Joe Robbie sold the Dolphins to Wayne Huizenga, who sold the majority share to Stephen Ross in 2009. In moves that seem to be more about star power than anything else, Ross has sold small percentages of the Dolphins to numerous celebrities including Fergie, Venus and Serena Williams, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Jimmy Buffett. The most recent naming rights deal for "the stadium with a thousand names" was a five-year deal signed with Sun Life Insurance Company.

Sun Life Stadium, Home of the Dolphins

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

Whether you are heading north from Miami or south from Fort Lauderdale, there is surely one thing that will catch your eye. Like a giant beacon beaming in from a distance, Sun Life Stadium is a structure one in its own. It is the fortress the Miami Dolphins call home.

Although a successful franchise, the Florida sun that shines year round has many fans elsewhere on game-day. For those fans that bleed aqua and orange, there is no place like Sun Life Stadium on a Sunday afternoon.

Finteresting and Fun

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Miami in the fall may not provide true football weather, but who would complain? The Dolphins have one of the best pregames in the league with plenty of activities and a number of testaments to their history, with statues all around. This was a terrible baseball stadium, but works very well for football, with the garish orange seats suiting the team. Upper deck is very close, with only 2 ramp levels to get there. Free shuttle from Golden Glades Tri-Rail station, be careful taking the train on evening games though as you will be waiting at the station for a while on the return trip.

Parking is $25 and is probably terrible to exit from when the game is a sellout. Tickets are quite cheap though, and you might be able to get something outside for much less than the box office, if you are prepared to negotiate. Fans are into their team, but many leave early with the game yet to be decided due to the traffic.

Overall, much better than expected and extra enjoyable for an evening game, with no sun to worry about.

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