Dolphins' Hard Rock Stadium deal is for almost $250 million

One of the trademarked logos for Hard Rock Stadium

One of the trademarked logos for Hard Rock Stadium

The renovated stadium which owner Steve Ross privately financed now includes a canopy which covers much of the stands. It came at the end of a news conference to announce the naming-rights deal that is for almost $250 million over 18 years.

According to Armando Salguero, the new deal with Hard Rock International is for close to $250 million over the course of the 18-year deal.

Now 29 years old, the stadium is home to the Dolphins, the Miami Hurricanes and the Orange Bowl game.

Three Miami Dolphins and almost two dozen other VIPs simultaneously smashed guitars in the end zone Wednesday to christen Hard Rock Stadium as the new name for the team's home.

According to local media in Miami, the venue, now undergoing a US$500 million refurbishment, will be known as the Hard Rock Stadium after its current deal with Toronto-based Sun Life Financial expired in January of this year.

The stadium has also been known as Dolphin Stadium, Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Land Shark Stadium and Sun Life Stadium. When you step foot inside the building, you will be inside of Hard Rock Stadium. The Sun Life name was removed earlier this year.

While the company is owned by the Seminole Indian tribe, the name will not reference the casino of the same name they own 15 miles up the road.

The stadium's regular season debut will be on September 3rd when the Hurricanes open up against Florida A&M, assuming the renovations are complete by then.

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