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The Ultimate NFL Game-Day Experience

Miami Dolphins Hard Rock Stadium
Miami, Florida, USA

“… a best-in-class global entertainment destination that will bring world-class events for many years to come.”

Tom Garfinkel
President and CEO, Miami Dolphins and Dolphins' Stadium

The modernization of the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium offers fans a world-class experience and provides the city with a venue to host marquee events.

HOK collaborated with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins to develop a comprehensive design solution for the $350-million modernization of the team’s existing stadium. To ensure that the Dolphins don’t miss any home games, the extensive renovations are being completed in three phases.

In 2015, every seat in the 29-year-old facility was replaced and innovative seating products were introduced. Seating options of varying price points now accommodate all fans, from corporate clients to families and millennials. Updates to the 100 and 300 Level concourses include modern food service offerings and amenities. The renovations also added a Field Club, North Sideline Club and corner terraces.

Innovative new Living Room boxes meld the home viewing and game-day experiences. To provide fans with the comforts of home, each of the 32 boxes include four individual recliners, up to four programmable high-definition TVs and access to the 72 Club, a unique indoor lounge.

The design reinforces Miami’s culture and heritage by incorporating murals by local artists, a comprehensive wayfinding and branding package, local materials and experiential design components. Each club, suite, social gathering and dining space provides fans with a splash of South Florida.

In 2016, a new, open-air canopy will become the stadium’s signature architectural element. The elegant canopy will provide weather protection and sun shading while allowing ample sunlight to reach the natural grass field. This canopy also will capture and amplify crowd noise, enhancing the game-day experience. Other improvements will include 22,400 square feet of new high-definition video boards, a new audio system and fiber-optic Wi-Fi.

The 2017 renovations will include comprehensive updates to all existing premium spaces on the 200 Club and 200 Mezzanine Suite Levels. Two distinct new designs for the sideline suites and end zone suites will be introduced. Designed in collaboration with Rockwell Group, the club interiors will be refreshed to support the team’s approach to the fan experience. 

When fully complete in 2017, the modernization will connect to the Dolphins’ brand in an environment that is authentic to the region.  


1,200,000 sq. ft. / 111,480 sq. m.


Facility Programming
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture 


Seats shaded by new, open-air canopy


Square feet of video boards added


21 August 2015
“No New Stadiums, but Plenty of Renovations to Monitor Around NFL” 
Sports Illustrated

 23 February 2015
“Sun Life Stadium Renovations Underway” 
Venues Today