Miami Dolphins hope for support from commissioners
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Miami-Dade County commissioners are meeting on Wednesday to decide whether or not to put renovations to Sun Life Stadium in the hands of the voters.
The Dolphins want to add $400 million worth of improvements to their home stadium. They argue the renovations are necessary so they can stay competitive for Super Bowls and other large sporting events. The team is willing to pay for half of the improvements, and they are asking Miami-Dade County to pay for the other $200 million with hotel taxes over the next 30 years.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said, "This will be taken to the board of county commissioners, who will then decide whether to put it on the ballot. If they do decide to put it on the ballot, the people of Miami-Dade County will have the final say if whether or not they think it is a good deal for them."
Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said, "I don't think it's pressure. I think we made this very much about staying competitive for major events and bringing major events here to Miami over and over again, and we've had a great history of doing that, and we need a facility that enables us to do that."
The team has sweetened the deal for voters by offering them incentives. The first one being if Miami is not awarded the Super Bowl L or LI next month, the deal will be off and the Sun Life will have to keep delivering, over the course of 30 years, four other Super Bowls, four national championship bowl games and nationally televised international soccer games, including the World Cup. All of it would mean big business for South Florida.
But, first thing's first, the plan has to get past the commissioners, and if it does, it has to be approved by Miami-Dade voters next.
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