Joe Robbie Stadium
The $115 million, state-of-the-art, open-air football facility was the first of its kind to be
constructed entirely with private funds.
On August 26, 1996, Pro Player, the sports apparel brand of Fruit of the Loom,
sponsored the renaming of Joe Robbie Stadium as Pro Player Stadium. The name was
changed from Pro Player Stadium to Dolphin Stadium on January 09, 2005.
Plans for the stadium were first announced on March 5, 1984. The clearing for the
stadium site began on July 22, 1985, and groundbreaking ceremonies were held on
December 1, 1985.
Financing for Dolphin Stadium was based largely upon the licensing of executive suites
and club seats on a 10-year basis. Executive suites range in price from
$30,000-$90,000 per year. Club seats cost between $800-$1,800 per year on a
On March 7, 1990, H. Wayne Huizenga agreed to purchase 50 percent of Joe Robbie
Stadium, enabling him to begin his pursuit of a Major League baseball franchise. On
January 24, 1994, Huizenga acquired the remaining 50 percent of the stadium to give
him 100% ownership.
The first football game was played on August 16, 1987, when the Dolphin hosted the
Chicago Bears in a preseason contest. The Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles
Dodgers battled on March 11, 1988, marking the first-ever baseball game played at
At the end of the 2007 season, the Marlins were
not in the playoff picture. More than ever, it is a
struggle for this Marlins team to draw fans. During
the Sept. 12, 2007 game against the Washington
Nationals only 375 people attended the game.
Matchups between two non-contending teams are
sure to draw yawns. The Marlins, once again,
finished with one of the lowest attendance rate in
the National League.
If you look closely at the photo on the left, there is
a baseball game going on, although you would not
think so by the amount of fans in the stadium.
Maybe everyone was at the beach...