Sun Life Stadium

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  1. fanfin

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    Is about to sell out for the arguably the greatest national championship game ever. How far away is it till the Dolphins sell out?
     
  2. andyahs

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    Weren't a couple of the games this year declared a 'sellout?' All of the fans for that game are imported anyway.
     
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    Funny I was getting ready to make a Sun Life Stadium post.

    Im watching the opening to the Orange Bowl. What is it with this stadium? It is almost as empty tonight as it is for dolphins games.
     
  4. fanfin

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    its because its northern illinois
     
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    lol...I thought the same thing.
     
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    Huh? :lol:...it's the stadiums fault?
     
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    The stadium is too damn huge.
     
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    The empty stadium shots we saw this year lends me to believe the FO will be aggressive in getting playmakers in free agency. They have to sell something to South Florida.
     
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    Lol at "greatest national championship ever." There has been better title games in the past 10 years than this.
     
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    Dolphins attendance has been awful the last couple of years, no doubt about it, but in the stadium shots it looks more empty than it is due to the bright orange seats.
     
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    No, really, it is completely empty.

    If the Fins counted actual attendance and not paid attendance, they would have been lucky to get 35,000 in the last few games. Count up the orange seats in each block and you will quickly find the place is 2/3 empty. Hayden Fox is right - the front office must be terrified, as I do not believe they can sell more than 40,000 season tickets for next season unless something changes.

    The Orange Bowl game has failed to sell out properly quite a lot in recent memory. Obviously, people don't like going to this stadium, whoever is playing.
     
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    Sun Life needs to be imploded.
     
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    I've always felt it's a terrible facility for watching football games, but I think the big problem is that there is terrible football being played there.
     
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    I think the big problem is that there is terrible football being played there.[/QUOTE]

    That statement nails it on the head.
     
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    We don't have suckers down here willing to waste money on mediocre football.
     
  16. fanfin

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    name one
     
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    Correct on both accounts. The stadium is awful with the seats much too far from the field and the product on that field is even worse. I miss going to games in the actual Orange Bowl.
     
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    I despise the place. I barely tolerate it for Canes games but once you look at an old video of a game in the Orange Bowl you realize the difference in atmosphere and home field edge is even more dramatic than mere memory allows.

    I had an opportunity to go to the game tonight but declined. I was offered two tickets for 30 bucks total in a good location, low upper deck at the goal line. The reason I didn't go was very simple...I'm not driving 45 minutes to a stadium I despise if I'm forced to pay 30 bucks to park. That doubles my investment and makes me curse throughout the process of entering the lot. I can do plenty with 60 bucks, like buy a new fancy golf wedge from a discount website or ebay. As someone who has spent decades in Las Vegas I prioritize value and 30 bucks to park ain't value. If that stadium were within a public transportation area, or park and ride access, or even home lots where I could haggle for price, I might have a slightly different evaluation of it. I'd damn sure attend more games. That's the bottom line. I'm unnerved at $20 to park but I'll reluctantly go along with it. At $30 I'm elsewhere.
     
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    Should scrap this hideous stadium and build something more intimate like the Seachickens or Bengals have. even a retractable like Houston or Indy would be awesome. Sun Life Sucks.
     
  20. dolpns13

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    Every game was pretty much declared a sellout, but that doesnt mean anything because Ross and the local media bought up the remaining tickets.
     
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    Well...if we're restricting ourselves to the last ten the starting point is 2003. The 2003 game between OU and LSU was excellent. 2005 Texas/USC is one of the greatest of all time really. Florida/OU in 2008 was a fantastic game. Auburn/Oregon in 2009 went down to the last play of the game. That is just in the last ten. Go deeper than that and you can pull in Ohio State/Miami in 2002, FSU/Nebraska in 93, Alabama/Miami 92, Penn State/Miami, Penn State/Alabama (forgot the year).

    Bottom line, the statement from the original poster is ridiculous. Everything we have to go by from this season suggests that this will be a forgettable championship game except for the fact that two large brands are participating.
     
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    Sorry but Alabama is going to steam roll Notre Dame.

    Saban will get his 4th National Championship, 3rd with Bama.
     
  23. DuderinoN703

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    What about Penn State and Ohio State's stadiums that house over 100,000 people?
     
  24. josekareh

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    How much does it cost to go to a Canes game??? just wondering
     
  25. Geordie

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    I thought the field looked great last night at the orange bowl tbh, the stadium looked good too but too many empty seats based largely on NIU being there, I think they said in commentary that they brought 1,500 fans, lol !!!

    I'm not from Miami or Florida or even the US, but I lfollow the Dolphins for a big part of the reason that they are a Florida based sports team, I lived in Orlando and Jacksonville for 5 of the happiest years of my life and love the state, it's just a great place. So not trying to be antagonistic here at all, but if these half empty scenes continue how long do people think it will be before debates begin to surface about a move to a different location for the franchise ?
     
  26. Dick Pepperwood

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    Agreed. And the "Orange Carpet" with it. And who ever came up with that, imploded too.
     
  27. DuderinoN703

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    They don't have the orange carpet any longer
     
  28. Awsi Dooger

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    Prices are all over the place, depending on where you sit. They ask for donations to the Hurricanes Club for club level and prime seating, and first crack at tickets to away games. It might even be required, in some instances. I'm not sure. My parents were members of that club for a long time but they gave up their season tickets, after more than 45 years, upon the move away from the Orange Bowl. It was quite hilarious, BTW, when the University of Miami ticket office called repeatedly that offseason, wondering why the tickets had not been renewed. Their tone was anything but pleasant. Meanwhile, my dad had told them beforehand via several letters that he hated the Robbie Bowl, as he called it, and wasn't going to follow the team there.

    But once my dad was diagnosed with an untreatable lung condition and realized he didn't have many more years, we got season tickets again in 2010. Low upper deck on the south side, the sun at our back. I think they were somewhere between $37 and $45 apiece.

    You certainly can do better than that on a game by game basis, on eBay and elsewhere. Buying season tickets is a safe route and provides convenience and familiarity, but the gambler in me prefers to go game by game. These days the Dolphins and Canes are good bets to have lackluster seasons so certain games can be swooped up for a pittance, if you know what you're doing. Season tickets are valuable only if the team has a great season and every game is in demand. Lots of clods don't know market value so they put up tickets with extremely low Buy It Now on ebay. It's even better if they are out of state since you don't have to pay Florida sales tax on the transaction. Always make sure to look for that. Somebody out of state who realizes they can't attend the game often will list them at low Buy It Now, weeks ahead of time. That's when to look. Approaching game day the price invariably rises.

    Parking for Canes games is $25 in the orange lot, where we parked. But if you buy the season ticket package it's 5 dollars cheaper per game. Maybe it's $25 ahead of time and $30 on game day. I can't remember. The parking prices at that stadium unnerve be beyond description. I know it's $5 less when purchased early. Those passes are also available on eBay and on the ticket sites and somehow fools will pay above face value, often far above face value. It's hardly uncommon for $30 parking passes to sell for $40 or $45 on ebay, even though you can drive up on game day and pay the $30. Those sellers have to be laughing their asses off.

    Oh yeah, the field did look tremendous last night. They always take special care of the field for the championship game. It looked dramatically different than our final home game versus Buffalo. Must have be resodded almost immediately after that game.
     
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    Texas/USC in 06 was a far superior matchup than this bama/nd game is supposed to be.

    ---------- Post added at 06:28 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:27 PM ----------

    Very well said, sir.
     
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    A Lot of people hate the stadium, and the reputation is spreading and getting worse, kind of like a cancer, few understand how it impacts our culture in a negative way.

    It's something called intimacy, and our stadium is the worst in football for it, The best part of being a fan at a stadium is to be engaged into the game, and feel like your players can feel your energy...unfortunately because of the absolutely moronic vision of a past owner, the distance built in simply doesn't allow the intimacy, which then creates a passiveness, a spectator type atmoshere, where fans just want to sit and watch, this in turn can absolutely affect human beings who are playing a game on emotion.

    I'm certainly not saying its responsible for everything, but it's a major issue, and it's affecting everything about our culture..

    Replacing a legendary venue like the orange bowl with sun life was and is costing this franchise tens of millions of dollars..

    What made the orange bowl famous, why was it a great venue?....because of the intimacy, the noise we could create, and how we could lift our players to come out fired up..

    Not possible in the antiseptic piece of crap.
     
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    Tons of FSU fans were coming down to Miami Gardens, but by the time they hit Ocala they were too drunk to drive the rest of the way.
     
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    Not sure how many of us remember going to Dolphin games in the OB but it was awesome. I was there for the Browns playoff game during the perfect season and the place was rocking. You could actually feel the building shake. TOTALLY different experience.
     
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    I understand your point, but you CAN take public transportation to a game. The 99 bus from Aventura Mall drops you off right at the stadium.
     
  34. Awsi Dooger

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    Thanks. I'll look into that. But I'm on the other side, near Kendale. I'm not really looking forward to driving well beyond the stadium and taking a bus back. To save $25 or $30 it could be an option. I'm not a stuffy type who thinks buses are to be avoided. The characters you meet are like the ones in Las Vegas sportsbooks. More stories to tell...

    The Orange Bowl had hundreds of parking options. During the heyday years of the '70s my dad became aware of a lawyer's office down the street. We parked there absolutely free for years and walked as a family of four to the games. It was like a private secret. The same cars would be there every game every year. It was almost like a hush hush situation.

    Once that ended we found different options. In my parents' final years at the Orange Bowl they parked across the river for $7 or $8 and took a shuttle bus to the stadium. The past couple of years, after the move to the Robbie bowl, my dad was still livid at the parking fee so he damn sure wasn't spending anything inside the stadium. We literally didn't spend one cent on concessions or merchandise or anything else. We'd bring food and a cooler and have them in the lot before the game, and while waiting for traffic to clear after the game. They allow you to bring water bottles into the stadium so we'd fill those from the fountains outside the bathrooms.

    When the Dolphins played in the Orange Bowl they had Park and Ride that was convenient for me at FIU.

    Just disgusting that Joe Robbie picked this location and such a sterile design. It set back football in South Florida for potentially a half century, even if a huge chunk of fans are happily in denial.

    If I could go back in time I guess the JFK assassination would be first. Steering Robbie away from this stadium in this location certainly wouldn't be last.
     
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    Good to see someone who gets it..

    That Seattle franchise sure is doing ok, on many levels huh??.... Hmmmm, wonder what's the cause of all that hype, and all that extra money and fame..

    The venue..

    The OB2.. Multiplex..Canes/Phins...what an exciting investment oppurtunity, what a chance to be a local hero of two franchises..what an easy way to rebuild two deterioting cultures..what a way to restore tradition and pride, what an easy way to impact football games for the home team, positively, instead of negatively..What an exciting joint venture it could be.

    To bad the suits don't get it.
     
  36. maralieus

    maralieus Lets get those balls deep!!

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    I'm not sure if this is a joke or not, but this is not the greatest championship game ever. In fact to most it looks like a dud.
     
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    Dud? The game is between the 2 most treasured college football teams of all time. Alabama is going for their 10th championship and ND is trying to tie them for first place with 9 championships. It is a different type of game then we are used to in college football as it is supposed to be a defensive slug fest. A lot like LSU vs Alabama but its different since this isn't going to be the second time these teams face each other.

    The people saying there isn't a lot of intrigue are either ND haters or even Alabama haters. I wouldn't be shocked if it broke the record for most watched National Championship Game.
     
  38. Awsi Dooger

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    Spread is 10. Notre Dame is viewed as a team that arrived a year or two early. That's what detracts from the impression of the game, rightfully or not. The names of the programs involved is certainly a huge plus. I'm old enough to remember the national championship meeting between these schools in the 1973 Sugar Bowl. That game received considerably more hype than this one has, partially because it was Bryant versus Parseghian.

    I don't like it when a team ranked very low in preseason makes it to the title game. Often they don't fare well. Notre Dame was in the 20s.

    I always root for the Pac 12 team to get there. The SEC -- or anyone else -- will very, very seldom have an easy game with a school from that conference. Athletes galore. Once Stanford lost I was hoping Oregon would make it, even if I can't stand Chip Kelly.
     
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    sarcasm buddy, I am very excited for this game but it's not the greatest lol I didn't like the Oregon Auburn game but UF Oklahoma was great and 05 Texas USC was the best college football game I've seen
     
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    Preseason polls are a joke didn't they have USC as the number 1 team?
     

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