Miami Dolphins host party for fans at Sun Life Stadium
Updated On: Apr 26 2013 07:11:41 PM EDT
The Miami Dolphins hosted a party for fans Thursday at Sun Life Stadium.
A dynasty of Dolphin greats, including Bob Griese, Dan Marino, and Jason Taylor, modeled versions of old uniforms they wore before new uniforms were unveiled in front of screaming fans.
But before the fanfare on the field, the Dolphins also revealed more plans for Super Bowl L if South Florida gets picked as the host, and if Sun Life stadium gets its publicly funded upgrades.
Artists' renderings show a "Super Bowl Park" in downtown Miami, where most activities would be based. It's a nod to where some of the funding would come from if voters agree to a hike in hotel bed taxes.
Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said the park's footprint would run along Biscayne Boulevard.
"It starts at the Intercontinental Hotel at the southernmost point on Biscayne, and runs all the way to the 395," Dee said.
"In my opinion, every Super Bowl should be here, and I've said that before," said Dan Marino. "Looking forward to having that opportunity. It's a no-brainer. There's no better place than to come to South Florida."
Many fans on Thursday said the Dolphins' public-relations campaign is working.
"I sure would hope so, I really do," said fan Jorge Rodriguez. "I mean, I'm totally for the upgrade to the stadium."
"I think it's great because it brings in more money for tourism," said fan Irene Valines. "It brings in more jobs."
Even with new uniforms and Super Bowl plans, skeptics remain.
"We've had a bad taste down here since the Marlins," said fan Don Ferreri. "No matter how good the plan is, and it seems to be good on the surface, I still don't think we should use public funds for it."