What easy option they give 250 million and by the time they made that back they are asking the city for even more money. The city has done alot for the dolphins including giving them the land to build the stadium on. If the owner states that in that 30 years he wont be hitting the city up for more money then Im all for it but we know that wont be case and there are much better places to spend that taxpayer money
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It was what, 6 or 7 years ago that Huizenga dumped $250 million into patchwork. I remember he said he could envision the entire area blooming around the stadium. He called it Dolphin Town. He was no doubt envious of Patriots Place. Meanwhile, we have the dependable Race Trac gas station across the street, and not much else. Then a few years ago Mike Dee unveiled the plans for the water park. Oh, I'm sorry, the "state of the art water park."
The stadium has always delivered less than promised and this patchwork will be no different. I have to laugh every time someone proposes it will be like a premier facility, and keep us competitive for 30 years. It reminds me of Steve Jobs, when Mac OS 9 was unveiled. "It's like having a brand new computer." Now, I love Steve Jobs. My financial situation would be unimaginably different minus investment in Apple stock. But anybody who was paying a fleck of attention knew that OS 9 was a mere patchwork of 6, 7 and 8. All the Mac websites were buzzing with news of the planned transition, which became OS X. Once X came out, Jobs touted all the advances, and moved to phase out 9. Make no mistake, Stephen Ross would do the same thing. Along with Mike Dee. If Ross bought out Jerry Jones tomorrow and brought Dee with him, they'd be raving about playing in a true world class facility, away from the hindrances of an old patched facility. But since he's here, and ours, we're supposed to be suckers, and lack foresight. No thank you.
Ross knows better. That's the frustration. If he were a young owner and committed to football atop his plate I'm convinced he'd build a new venue. But approaching age 73 in a few months and with football a sidelight, he's doing it at the cheap and sloppy, and at our expense, in more ways than one. He's got his hands out, and he's merely sticking a roof and a few rows onto an otherwise lame structure. Thanks pal. I'm sure that will hold up to scrutiny a decade from now, once other lavish stadium are in place. Joe Robbie made mistakes in the blueprint but at least he took a bold course, and did it on his own. He was not much younger than Ross but the plans for a new stadium had been underway since his late '70s feuding with the city commissioners. Ross and Dee had no idea anything was wrong until Goodell tapped them on the shoulder three years ago. We're asked to blindly march along, and disregard the certainty that much of what they are saying now will go the way of Dolphin Town and water park hype of merely a handful of years ago.
Guys, it is a no brainer. We aren't paying for it! Tourists do. So who cares?
Last edited by kvado16; 02-12-2013 at 04:04 PM.
Hiuzenga's upgrades cant even compare to this "patchwork" anyway. Huizenga brought us two HD scoreboards and new luxury suites and restaurants - neither of which added much to the gameday experience for the average fan. Ross is talking about bringing seats closer to the field, replacing the old seats in the entire stadium, adding a stadium canopy, and many other amenities. Its hardly patchwork. And besides, the alternative to upgrading the stadium is to do nothing - because there wont be a new stadium in Miami for a long time for obvious reasons. Better to opt for "patchwork" over nothing. At least it will get you to stop whining in every thread about how terrible the Dolphins are because they didn't build a new stadium right next door to your house with your own private entrance.