My observations after attending my first HOME game last week

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  1. Keller's Rod

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    I have been a life long Phins fan ever since I was about 5 years old (I'm 41 now). Always living up north I had never had a chance to attend a home game for various reason. While I spent the first 33 years of my life I attended away games @ Cinci, Cleveland, Indy, & Detroit. I then moved to Atlanta which is where I currently reside. Since moving I have seen them play in Atlanta & Nashville. Anyway, this past weekend I was able to check off one item on my bucket list by attending my first home game along with my 12 year old son who of course is also a Phins fan.

    With that being said I have some observations after going to the game. (If you feel like bashing me for some of my comments don't bother posting...however if you have intelligent comments you would like to add then by all means fire away)

    1. I was impressed with how easy it was to get in and out of the stadium parking areas and quickly get on the highway. Yes, this may have something to do with the low attendance but it seems like the infrastructure was designed well for getting the fan traffic in and out even with some of the construction going on. I've been to some stadiums like Cinci where it is a b!itch getting in and out of.

    2. We have NO home field advantage. Yes, losing so many games over the past decade and having no Dan Marino anymore has killed the attendance. Obviously that has an impact to the noise level and home field advantage. With that being said it still seemed like the fans that were there just didn't seem to be into the game that much. During key moments in the game, it just seemed like only half the fans were even screaming and yelling when the Bills had the ball. BTW....I thought there were very few Bills fans at the game.

    3. Sunlife Stadium definately needs a face lift. I was disappointed in the das state that the stadium is in. From the seating, restrooms, to overall appearance it just really looks dingy. I see why there is a lot of talk lately about needing a stadium upgrade. Unfortunately from what I have heard on WQAM via Iheart radio it sounds like the Marlins have screwed any chance of the Dolphins getting any tax dollars for an upgrade. Disappointing..

    4. Pro shop pricing...went into the pro shop and I was rather disappointed in the pricing I observed. For example they had some very nice hats....one solid white and one solid black...both fitted. Anyway I have been looking online for a while for hats just like those 2 I mentioned. Anyway, the pice on those hats were $32 a piece! Seriously, that is probably the most expensive ball caps I have ever seen. I'll pay in the mid 20's but not $32. Disappointing especially considering the state of the franchise and the declining fan base. You would think they would knock the price down some to encourage fans to buy more apparel.

    5. The fans that were there sure know how to party. I was pleasantly surprised at the great tailgating parties I observed. It seemed the fans had more fun tailgating than they had during the game based on the lack of enthusiasm I observed during the game.

    Those are just some of my observations....sorry for the long post....if you feel like adding or commenting fire away! :up:
     
  2. Casas9425

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    We definitely need a new stadium. Hell will freeze over before we get one anytime soon unfortunately.
     
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    I completely agree with #2. I posted something similar as I attended my first home game this year too (I live in Boston). I have to say that it made me question my fan-hood as much as the 1-15 season.

    I don't know how to do it, but our stadium needs some intensity, badly. It's sad when the away team's fans out-cheer the home team's fans.
     
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    I think the lack of enthusiasm is the norm for the crowd in Miami. Last few home games I've been to have been the same and even when I went to game 3 of the Heat/Mavericks finals in 2006 it was the same. The crowd will have it's moments but they don't sustain the enthusiasm for long.
     
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    We had no home field advantage from 1996-2000 either. Its not a new thing. No one wants to stand up and cheer even on 3rd down. Its hard for the real hardcore fans to pay the the price of a ticket, parking and god forbid you want a meal. Even worse is if you wanted to take someone with you. But no that stadium has never been loud as long ad I went to games. Even with Marino.

    lets say it this way. UCFs 45000 person stadium sounds twice as loud as Joe Robbie with 20000 fans in it. (ucf doesn't sell out either)
     
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    It is nice to read an objective opinion about the experience. This team has no stars, and our winning tradition is long gone.
    The only way to get that enthusiastic crowd back is for the team to win division titles, playoff games, and super bowls.
    The fans(my self included) have grown tired of putting up with losing, having the franchise embarrass itself nationally, and with ever increasing prices.
    It is time for the organization above the head coach to create the winning team by spending money wisely on FA's, draft the play makers, and to improve the stadium. The logo is not important, I would rather have a more comfortable seat at the stadium. The seats are too small and the rows are to close together that mt knees are wedged into the seat in front.
    I could put up with all that if there was something to get excited about.
    The OP is right, the tail gating is the best part about the experience. The problem is other than furnishing the parking space at $20, the team really has nothing to do with that. It could very well be in s shopping center parking lot. After the tail gate is over, the fans quietly head for their plastic chair to chit chat, drink beer, and occasionally take a look at what is going on the field.
    I have had the pleasure of going to the old Orange Bowl years ago. The place was in the middle of a poor neighborhood, you had to park on peoples lawns, the seats were aluminum bleaches, and the toilets and urinals never worked. That place had an energy and electricity, especially for the night games. The facilities were the absolute worst, but we had a Don Shula coached team...a winning team that you could get behind and scream until you were horse for 2 days. The noise level was so bad the refs would have to stop the game.
    It seems like a long time ago.
     
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    I used to go to the Orange bowl to watch the fins when I was in elementary school, that place ROCKED big time.

    I mean literally it would really rock and sway. The stands would move around. The bathrooms were horrific though.

    I've been to plenty of Dolphin games, the stadium is not built like a stadium should be for Football. The stands are too far away.

    Every time I watch a Raider game I can't help but feel jealous of their stadium and more jealous about their fans. The fans are packed and screaming and going crazy, and the Raiders suck. We are a much better team, & much better coached. The Dolphins should hire professionals that can improve the situation.

    Right now I think they are just about done regaining all the credibility that they lost when Ross bought the team, and the way he dealt with being the new owner. Things should start to improve with stability. Hopefully Ross will trust to professionals to make the smart long term decisions.
     
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    Fair weather fan populate the MIA fan base.

    I've been to my share of NFL games in different cities. But when I goto a KC/MIA game in -10 degree weather, and see more people there, than the last time I was in MIA. There is a problem. The fans in MIA are terrible and should just stick with what they know, the beach.
     
  9. Gonzo

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    Win.
     
  10. Zounds

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    People here will insist that because we sold out those game, that fans actually showed up
     
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    This is what I suggest to improve game days. First off they need to make the stadium have hovering abilities. This way ross can appease everybody. The stadium can be relocated evry home game to make it more accessible. For example , in september , hover the stadium over to south beach to coincide with those awesome beach days , this way fans can go swimming if they need to during the game. In october the stadium will hover in little havana , somewhere on 3rd st, for the nostalgic feel of the orange bowl, you get the picture, everybody is happy.

    Next every seat will be replaced with a lazy boy recliners that blows cold air up your ***, this way nobody ever sweats during the game. Also every recliner has a built in speaker that has a pre recorded fan cheer, so there is no need to yell and scream during the games, just adjust it to your preferred volume.

    Meals on wheels and local homeless shelters will cease deliveries to their patients and homeless on sundays, those hot meals will be brought to dolphins stadium for the fans to ease the costs for the fans.

    Lastly, there will be a pop top roof , like on a shampoo bottle, so the fans or visiting teams wont get wet during the games. All of these changes should bring back the winning traditions to Miami.
     
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    I remember the OB, but I have been to JRS when it has been super loud as well. The crowd now adays is very subdued, I don't know why? Was at the Jax game and two young guys next to me were texting while I was screaming.
     
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    I went to the Indy KC game this past weekend because my wife bought me tickets. I love the fine but its too far :( I have to say though, at about 80% capacity, that stadium was rocking. You can tell they were die hard fans. Every third down the fans were going nuts! This is a team that has only won 2 flipping games! They just love their team. It really sucks to hear we done have the same.
     
  14. fanfin

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    I also attended my first game against buffalo. first observation was how much everyone loves reggie. must resign. and there would be more excitement if we had more players making plays

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    more playmakers

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    lamar miller looks pretty damn good too...
     
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    For whats its worth I went to my one and only home game in 2008 vs the Bills, the attendance and atmosphere seemed great to me and that was coming off a 1-15 season and we were 2-4 at the time. Was that game an aberration or has something happened to affect attendance between then and now?
     
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    Such a simple solution to the problem...

    ---------- Post added at 01:43 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:41 PM ----------

    7-9
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    7-9 w patsies loss
     
  17. Zounds

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    I went to that game and I was up in the 400 level between a Bufalo Bills fan section and the breast cancer awareness cheerleaders that were performing the halftime show. We had entire 3 rows to ourselves. Stadium was half empty. We didnt even have to stand in line for beers. We could just walk right up and buy one. We decided to stand on our seats because there was nobody behind us for several rows, and security kept telling us to sit down. I dont remember that game getting loud at all.
     
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    The crowd can help a team win. Seattle is 8-0 at home (best crowd in the NFL) and just 2-5 on the road, including a loss to us. A loud, raucous crowd makes a bigger difference than anyone here cares to acknowledge.
     
  19. DuderinoN703

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    With that being said I have some observations after going to the game. (If you feel like bashing me for some of my comments don't bother posting...however if you have intelligent comments you would like to add then by all means fire away)

    1. I was impressed with how easy it was to get in and out of the stadium parking areas and quickly get on the highway. Yes, this may have something to do with the low attendance but it seems like the infrastructure was designed well for getting the fan traffic in and out even with some of the construction going on. I've been to some stadiums like Cinci where it is a b!itch getting in and out of.

    Leaving the parking lot after games is usually a very slow process. This year there was no line to leave after the Oakland game and that was the first time it had ever been like that.

    2. We have NO home field advantage. Yes, losing so many games over the past decade and having no Dan Marino anymore has killed the attendance. Obviously that has an impact to the noise level and home field advantage. With that being said it still seemed like the fans that were there just didn't seem to be into the game that much. During key moments in the game, it just seemed like only half the fans were even screaming and yelling when the Bills had the ball. BTW....I thought there were very few Bills fans at the game.

    It's tough that this was your first home game experience considering where we're at in the season. I always go to the home opener b/c there's more hope and energy in the crowd.

    3. Sunlife Stadium definately needs a face lift. I was disappointed in the das state that the stadium is in. From the seating, restrooms, to overall appearance it just really looks dingy. I see why there is a lot of talk lately about needing a stadium upgrade. Unfortunately from what I have heard on WQAM via Iheart radio it sounds like the Marlins have screwed any chance of the Dolphins getting any tax dollars for an upgrade. Disappointing..

    Just get some paint and some topless dancers and we're good to go.

    4. Pro shop pricing...went into the pro shop and I was rather disappointed in the pricing I observed. For example they had some very nice hats....one solid white and one solid black...both fitted. Anyway I have been looking online for a while for hats just like those 2 I mentioned. Anyway, the pice on those hats were $32 a piece! Seriously, that is probably the most expensive ball caps I have ever seen. I'll pay in the mid 20's but not $32. Disappointing especially considering the state of the franchise and the declining fan base. You would think they would knock the price down some to encourage fans to buy more apparel.

    Team stores and Pro Shops are always expensive and I avoid buying anything there. $32 for a hat isn't horrible though, you won't find a legit fitted for the mid 20s.

    5. The fans that were there sure know how to party. I was pleasantly surprised at the great tailgating parties I observed. It seemed the fans had more fun tailgating than they had during the game based on the lack of enthusiasm I observed during the game.

    Agreed
     
  20. Phin-Omenon

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    That was my fourth Dolphin game last week. And the first time I've finally seen them win live! Our fans really do need to be more energetic, but our players do too. By that I mean WIN. I was screaming my face off the entire game and some of the people that were even in my party acted as though I was 'wrong' for it. I wasn't rude or cussing, just cheering and involved in the game. I don't try 'coaching' them to be fans or anything, but I damn sure don't apologize for standing up!

    I also went to the Texans game in Houston and honestly I was surprised with how little they got into the game as fans. I mean it was better than us, but it was opening day and they had all the hype of being a superbowl contender and there were empty seats all over and it didn't get nearly as loud as I thought it would. Of course the last game that I went to was in the SuperDome and that place is stupid loud. With that said too, even New Orleans with all their success recently has plenty of fans that don't get involved and 'give up' on the team after a few bad showings. We're not the only ones folks with hard to please fans!
     
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    Miami fans just don't get hyped up for their teams. The Miami Heat have Lebron James, a global icon in basketball, and we have empty seats against all calibers of teams. Its not that games don't sell out, they attract the wrong crowd. The people who are able to afford the tickets on a regular basis are probably just there to chatter away, drink their faces off, or are in the concourse not even paying attention to the game. The Marlins built a new stadium, signed big name free agents, opened against the defending world series champs, and could not even sell out the opening game...and this was before we sold our entire team. This brings me to the Dolphins. They are not a winning team, not an exciting offensive team, so they can't even attract those placeholder fans that just fill up seats. I went to the Dolphins game against the Titans and left early, only to find that there was more of a crowd tailgating than actually inside the stadium. It would be rare to fill up the stadium with actual fans willing to cheer, because quite frankly, it might not be possible in this day and age. Its not even about winning. The Chiefs suck, and they have a loud *** stadium. I have lived in Miami my whole life, and it hurts to say, but its quite obvious we can't match the crowd of Seattle even if we win 3 super bowls in a row and build a new stadium, we just have no enthusiasm for our teams. I am sure a lot of you will think otherwise, but only a handful of you are die hard fans, and there aren't enough of you to fill up close to 75% of our stadium.
     
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    Miami fans just don't get hyped up for their teams. The Miami Heat have Lebron James, a global icon in basketball, and we have empty seats against all calibers of teams. Its not that games don't sell out, they attract the wrong crowd. The people who are able to afford the tickets on a regular basis are probably just there to chatter away, drink their faces off, or are in the concourse not even paying attention to the game. The Marlins built a new stadium, signed big name free agents, opened against the defending world series champs, and could not even sell out the opening game...and this was before we sold our entire team. This brings me to the Dolphins. They are not a winning team, not an exciting offensive team, so they can't even attract those placeholder fans that just fill up seats. I went to the Dolphins game against the Titans and left early, only to find that there was more of a crowd tailgating than actually inside the stadium. It would be rare to fill up the stadium with actual fans willing to cheer, because quite frankly, it might not be possible in this day and age. Its not even about winning. The Chiefs suck, and they have a loud *** stadium. I have lived in Miami my whole life, and it hurts to say, but its quite obvious we can't match the crowd of Seattle even if we win 3 super bowls in a row and build a new stadium, we just have no enthusiasm for our teams. I am sure a lot of you will think otherwise, but only a handful of you are die hard fans, and there aren't enough of you to fill up close to 75% of our stadium.
     
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    I think traffic was light because of attendance...for the big games I sit there for an hour before getting out to the highway.

    I do agree SLS needs to be redone. Are they crazy thinking they are getting the 50th Superbowl with that crappy stadium! It's awful.
     
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    They are planning on spending $100 million on upgrades, moving the seats closer to the field and adding sun shades among other things.
     
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    I think the hats were so expensive because they were giving 25% of to season ticket holders...soooooo they raise the price lol
     
  26. maralieus

    maralieus Lets get those balls deep!!

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    All that is needed is some offense. Start putting up points like the Patriots, Packers etc. and we will see an increase. There just really needs to be some excitement surrounding the team. Yes some of us on here have it but most dont care. We need Jennings, and a burner. I would just love to see some good highlights coming from our games, some reason to start getting more national recognition.
     
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    Well paid attendence is what counts . when we were steadily competing and not just making the playoffs every 5 years , the stadium was pretty packed.
    If Jeffy turns it around with philben the attendence will get better. i just dont understand people expecting sellouts from a team that hasnt been to the playoffs in 4 years.
     
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    Not getting Superbowl 50...The new 49ers one will get it.
     
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    Dingy is an apt description. You can really sense it by walking up the ramps and not taking the escalator. One area after another is in dull awful shape. It's like a 25 year old woman who looks 60. Not that I've ever seen an example of that, but I've also never seen a stadium as wrinkled and repulsive as ours. It's empty almost every day and you can hardly blame the community. The only thing I appreciate about Roger Goodell is his opinion of our pathetic venue. Now I wish he'd tell Mike Dee no Super Bowls period, minus a new venue in a location with a pulse.
     
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    A new football only stadium near Bay Side and the AAA would be the ideal location or on the Miami seaquarium property in Crandon.
    The bay, city lights, it would seem appropriate.
    Turn the old one into a soccer stadium, a homeless shelter, or tear it down.
     
  31. ChuckKLINGBEIL

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    I've gone to a few Dolphins road games in Oakland and actually sat close to the blackhole section, while the crowd can be intense near the endzones, the stadium is usually empty uptop and it's also
    more of a dump than sunlife stadium.

    If the Dolphins Heiarchy we're to put some thought into this... Re-creating the environment of the old Orange Bowl would be the way to do it. Seats closer to the feild would be a good start.
    When I was a kid the Orange BOWL used to kick ***!! We had the best home feild in the NFL! Something like Seattle has now.... But this new stadium is incredibly generic and bland.
    It lacks the character of the Orange Bowl...

    Another thing is get rid of the stupid Jimmy Buffet song!!!!! Play some 2LIve Crew or something old-school and harder.
     
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    i went to a jets game a few years ago and it was actually loud, but it was like 65% jets fans. my first game i went to was a steelers game and the stadium was nothing but black jerseys. i honestly dont think anything will change untill we get to a superbowl.
     

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