HOK-Designed Renovations of Sun Life Stadium Featured in Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated highlighted the Miami Dolphins’ Sun Life Stadium as featuring the NFL’s ”most dramatic stadium alterations” for the upcoming season.
“Every seat in Sun Life Stadium has been replaced, complete with a fresh take on the concourse experience in the 100 and 300 levels. As part of a two-year $400 million renovation process, all the seats were ripped out of the stadium, and the lower bowl was regraded to bring the new aqua seats 24 feet closer to the field.”
“HOK Sports + Recreation + Entertainment architect Jeff Sittner tells SI.com that remodeling the seating bowl, which was originally designed for baseball and football, included redesigning the sideline to bring seats lower and closer to the field and removing upper bowl corner sections for ‘gathering zones that are open to the action.’”
“‘Coming next year will be the signature architectural element of the renovation,’ Sittner says [of an open-air canopy that will shade 92 percent of seats]. ‘The new shade canopy will define the iconic nature of the vision and has been designed in conjunction with the bowl renovations to provide enhanced comfort for Dolphin fans.’”