MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. The topic strikes a nerve in many communities, especially during tough economic times: use of public funds to build or renovate a major sports facility.
Nowhere is the issue more heated than in South Florida.
Public funds paid for nearly 75 percent of the construction costs for the Miami Marlins baseball stadium on the former Orange Bowl site. Whether you think that was a smart deal, whats done is done.
Not so with Sun Life Stadium.
During an afternoon news conference Monday, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and chief executive officer Mike Dee announced plans for a 375 million-400 million comprehensive modernization of the stadium that opened in 1987. The proposed upgrade would be finished in time for the 2015 NFL regular season, with hopes of hosting Super Bowl L.
More so than Marlins Park, which rarely benefits from a large influx of out-of-town fans, Sun Life Stadium would aid South Florida businesses (e.g. hotels, restaurants) due to its size and prox...