DOLPHINS ASK TAXPAYERS TO STUMP UP RENOVATION COSTS

Miami Dolphins majority owner Stephen Ross has asked taxpayers to pay up to $200million dollars towards the club's renovation of the Sun Life Stadium.

The stadium's renovation, expected to cost a total of $400million and be finished in time for the 2015 season, will include a canopy to shield fans from the elements, improved seating and new scoreboards.

At a press conference, Ross said: “People ask why don't you pay for the whole thing?

“I've spent more on a sports team than anyone else in the United States. There's a limit to how much capital you can put into something.”

If the project goes forward, Ross said he'd promise to keep the team in Miami Gardens for the next 25 years.

Getting a bill through the legislature that raises the hotel tax in Miami-Dade County and increasing the stadium's sale tax rebate from the state would be the Dolphins' next step, but the plans are expected to face oppposition. Taxpayers are wary of stadium bills after they funded a $639million ballpark for the Miami Marlins.

The renovation figures into Miami's bid to host Super Bowl L in 2016. Miami is vying with the San Francisco 49ers' new Silicon Valley stadium for the game.

Posted on 15/01/2013