Stephen Ross promises improvements to Miami Dolphins, Sun Life Stadium

Posted: June 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm


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Dolphins season-ticket holders on the Monday evening conference call with franchise owner Stephen Ross should have no doubt: Ross likes to roll with the new.

New look for the Dolphins stadium, new look for the Dolphins uniforms, new coaching staff, new results leading to new game times. And, yes, not the old Dolphins fight song.

Taking that last part first season-ticket holders brought up the fight song more than anything else Ross insisted he retains a distaste for the banjo-strummed ode to the early 1970s Dolphins (later ripped off by the late 1970s Houston Oilers). The songs exposure in Sun Life Stadium will be limited to Dolphins scores while the teams ahead with Jimmy Buffets Fins blaring after other Dolphins scores.

The one thing I never liked from Day One was the fight song, Ross said. I guess thats part of the privilege of ownership, but I understand the fans like it, so that will continue to be our policy.

As far as that team on the field, Ross responded positively when one season-ticket holder proposed a fashion makeover for the Dolphins.

I totally agree with you, Ross said. Were looking at all of that.

The Marlins went for new threads upon leaving Sun Life for Marlins Park. Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said that departure could allow for some other changes to 25-year-old Sun Life Stadium.

The Dolphins want to move the sideline stands closer to the field, something that should please fans who have spent 25 years sighing that even a full house in Miami Gardens doesnt rock with an intimidating feel the way the Orange Bowl could. Dee claimed Sun Life has the largest seat-to-field distance in the NFL.

Ross reiterated the Dolphins drive to make improvements to Sun Life that would satisfy the NFL enough to bring Super Bowl L to South Florida. He mentioned the concept the Dolphins showed the NFL two years ago, a stadium canopy that would keep the fans dry on rainy days (such as Super Bowl XLI) and in the shade on sunny ones.

I think by the end of the summer, well have some plan to present to you and the league, Ross said. Its never going to be an enclosed stadium. Nobody in Florida wants to be in a dome [for football].

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