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Dolphins concerned about capacity at Sun Life Stadium

The Dolphins visited The Herald offices Friday as part of a tri-county tour of the newspapers serving the region the team claims as its own.

During the meeting with Herald reporters club president Mike Dee, general manager Jeff Ireland and coach Joe Philbin discussed as openly as they felt comfortable issues of interest. The football aspect of the meeting is covered in this story that discusses, among other things, Miami's plan to use both the 3-4 and 4-3 scheme on defense in 2012, according to Philbin.

On non-football matters, Dee took the questions and discussed a coming Super Bowl bid by South Florida, stadium improvements, and other matters. And in discussing the need for stadium improvements, he mentioned the possibility that capacity at Sun Life Stadium needs to be adjusted.

The reason for that is, well, the Dolphins think the place is too big.

"We have the furthest distance from the sidelines with our lower bowl in the NFL," Dee said. "We have the fewest number of seats in that lower seating level between the 20 yard lines, between the goal lines, in the NFL. Not just the facilities that compete for Super Bowls. We've got to fix that ...

"At the same time, we may look to amend capacity in areas where we may have too much. Right now, we have the largest upper deck in the NFL -- 35,000 seats. The next facility in line is 27,000. The Redskins took 10,000 seats out of their upper deck this past year. We're looking at all those things to retrofit the stadium to today's standards."

That creates something of a problem for the Dolphins. And here it is:

The best way, the right way, to fix the capacity issues Dee mentions is through construction and refurbishing Sun Life Stadium. There's nothing like taking seats out of the upper deck that is too big. There's nothing like adding seats in the lower bowl that is not big enough. That is the optimal approach.

But that costs money. And neither the legislature, nor local politicians are volunteering to pay for that. The public would likely vote down a ballot measure for such expenditure. And owner Stephen Ross is in no hurry to spend the multiple millions of dollars it would cost to do the project.

So the reconstruction idea doesn't seem workable.

What's next?

Well, I don't know how the Dolphins would add seats in the lower level without actually adding seats physically, but they can definitely adjust the numbers of seats in the upper deck without actually touching the place. They can simply ask the NFL to consider certain seats basically invisible. The Dolphins can just lower capacity by giving the NFL a new capacity number and then not selling, say 10,000 seats in the upper deck, for at least one season.

Other teams -- Jacksonville for example -- have done it. Unable to fill an extreme number of seats, the Jaguars just threw a tarp over whole sections of seating. The Hurricanes do it at Sun Life for their home games. The Miami Heat did it for a couple of years before LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade on the roster and seating demand skyrocketted.

The Dolphins can simply pick out a section of seats and cover the area. Or they can just black out certain seats or sections from being sold and those would simply be empty on game day.

All of this, by the way, affects you -- the ticket buying customer.

You see, as the Dolphins figure a way to attack this problem, the capacity of the stadium hangs in the balance. If the club is successful in lowering that capacity, either through construction, putting a tarp over sections of seats, or simply blacking out seats electronically, then achieving a sellout becomes easier.

Games are on TV!

You get to watch!

If the Dolphins don't find a way to lower capacity, and the tickets go unsold, the club would have to make a decision whether to rescue local TV-watching fans -- as it did multiple times in 2011 -- by purchasing its own tickets.

I have news for you: The club really doesn't love purchasing its own tickets. No business wants to buy its own product. It is not profitable. And that might lead to a decision not to purchase the unsold tickets. And that means ... no games on TV!

Your Sunday is ruined :(

So the looming decision on how the Dolphins address their stadium capacity issue, particularly in the upper deck, is a big deal to folks who watch the games on TV -- which happens to be a majority of fans. If capacity isn't decreased or ticket sales boom, the club may decide purchasing its own tickets is not a practice it wants to continue.

Blackouts ensue. Not good.

(Oh, one way to solve this without changing capacity? Sign Peyton Manning. Not advocating. Just stating logic.)


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LOL At Truth, Idiot Odin more then likely thinks its me posting but the reality is there's countless people that cant stand him., Lets hear it other posters.

Brandon Marshall game MVP?

LOL At Truth, Idiot Odin more then likely thinks its me posting but the reality is there's countless people that cant stand him., Lets hear it other posters.

Posted by: Coalition to Ban Ireland | January 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM


Yep. That's his standard response. 'Oh, it must be one person saying all this.'

Well, no, dude---actually it isn't.

Look, I could care less what someone else thinks of him good or bad---it's just the constant stream of bullsh*t that is fair game to call out.

If he could stop the Alice in Wonderland fantasy life garbage he might even be interesting.

Won't be holding my breath on that, though. I'm sure there's more predictable (sexually infantile) tales about sexual conquests with girls half his age and shows that never actually happened on the agenda.


Is Chad Henne Playing?

Very impressed by Andy Dalton.

I hear they're gonna fly another FIRE IRELAND plane sign over the stadium at the home opener.

Marshall should definitely be the leading MVP candidate. Three catches, 150 yards, 3 TD's. Not a bad day's work even with ridiculous Pro Bowl rules in effect.

Odin is a great poster! Shame the HATERS don't have a clue!

I hear they're gonna fly another FIRE IRELAND plane sign over the stadium at the home opener.
Posted by: TGH | January 29, 2012 at 10:16 PM

I'm not opposed to anyomne feeling the need to do that, but I also find it pretty pointless and stupid to be honest.

I actually think his first draft out from under Parcells heavy hand was pretty damn good, and am willing to see what comes next.

Im so happy Marshall has 4 touch down catches. No more trade talk!

Odin is blog pollution. He drags it down with his constant derelict nonsense. He is waste matter.

Brandon Marshall proves that with a good QB, he IS a premier receiver!

You're welcome to that opinion, redsky, and I respect it.

Some of us don't share it, that's all. And it certainly doesn't rise to the level of "hate." I just think he's a weirdo and a chronic fabricator---not a serial murderer!

Mr. Redsky, With out Odin on blogAverage IQ is around 118, With Odin it shrinks down to 89., Sorry but the guy is on here 24/7 And just posts BS all night.Again sorry.

Well, if there was any lingering doubt it's gone now. Clearly, Marshall will be MVP of this game. Man, he's putting on a damn clinic!

new offensive coach..new head coach...gotta be better than what we had...we better not trade marshall!

He didn't name names but BM said QBing in Miami suks.

Yeah he basically said these QB's can throw the ball and Miami QB's can not. Very accurate statement actually.

You seeing these great athletes play? I have watched many Pro-Bowls and these players today are light years away from Teams of only 15-20 years ago.

Guys! I'm grateful that you've treated me respectfully on the Odin question. You are gentlemen and I thank you. But I respectfully request that you analyze his comments the way I do, as an opinion, as worthless as mine! That's all we do on this blog, is post our worthless thoughts, although collectively, they are better than the managements!

I Wonder what kind of numbers Marshall would put up with Brady,Brees Or Rogers throwing to him?

Brandon Marshall was handicapped by Henne for way too long.

LOL Redsky, I think even Aloco could do a better job then Ireland.


Besides the QB play, I believe Brandon was misused in that offence.

Redsky, 9 out of 10 odin posts are locker room drivel. His comebacks are so stupid a 5 year old can do better. The problem is, he initiates the bs and keeps it going, post after post of immature bs. Makes many of us not even want to bother coming back. He needs to learn to give up that crud or get lost for good.

And Brandon, another immature one, should learn not to generalize.


Coalition, lol, any of us could do better than Ireland!

Verdad, Odin is a smart 5 yo!

Why didnt Irescum draft Mallett or Dalton?

..It is no coincidence that Marshall spoke about the quarterback situation in his off the cuff remark following the pro bowl. I'm sure there will be a ton of bloggers who will right Marshall should shut up and catch the ball. That he had too many drops that cost us...That he just threw Henne, and Moore under the bus..That his comments prove that he is a bad teammate..get rid of him.

While I would agree with a few of those opinions. It is obvious what kind of reciever he can be when he has an able quarterback to team up with. Good quarterbacks elevate the play of everyone around them. Does anyone really think Wes Welker would be the same reciever in a Dolphin uni the last 2 years?? No way..This doesn't exuse the drops or the mind farst during games we have been accustomed to from Marshall. IMO it re-enforces the reality that we have a top 5 reciever, that is pleading for help.

The Justin Blackmon supporters..Do you thibnk he would maximize his abilities with the guys we have behind center? NOPE. No chance. If Marshall has been suspect(in some eyes) imagine how a rookie would fare? Before we start dreaming about Blackmon, or any other offensive playmaker. Quarterback has to be adressed..if we do not. We will be in the same boat year after year. Congrats BM..Well played.

Guys, Keep in mind this was no more then a flag football game.

Were there any tackles?NO, They just stoped the runner or Reciever, You dont think Marshall knew theredbe any hard hitting?Makes me laugh, Even A drunk Odin would have caught a couple.

DD, you're right, the QB is tops, but then Marshall and Blackmon would be unbeatable!

Sorry but the guy is on here 24/7 And just posts BS all night.Again sorry.

Posted by: Coalition to Ban Ireland | January 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM

This guy just broke my record and YG's record COMBINED-ROTFLMAO!

Her's been here for 16 straight hours-LOL. Talk about no life(snicker, snicker).

Sitting in front of a keyboard for Hours?

Bhwaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa, the ancient one doesn't even comprehend what a "Cell Phone" is. I don't even want to crush him by bringing up I-Pods. Duh!

Now I know how Armando feels. I take ALMOST as much heat as he does. I like it though. I revel in it.

Don't HATE playa! You had your chance. You made your Bed, now you gots ta Lie in it!

It's your own fault ;)

Can't touch Dis!

Odin you're right Duh!

I just went back and checked, Duh, Coalition has been posting for three straight weeks-Duh!

That's how pitiful you are Troll-Bhwaaaaa Haaaaa Haaaaaaaaa!

PS: Party! Party! Party! Party!

See how easy that is troll?

Even Geronimo agrees with me!

It's not just ne-Duh!

(wink, wink)

Bhwaaaa Haaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

CBI...I agree with you about the play in the game..Really just an exibition. I'm speeking more to what Marshall said after the game...His quote spoke much louder then his play on the field.

It would be wrong to compare his performance tonight to a real game..Not close. I know that. This isn't what I'm basing my opinion around. When a player is respected by the other players, and coaches in the league. it speeks volumes to who he really is. Marshall gets thrashed here, some of it is deserved. Most of the critique is totaly of based and out in left field. For all of Marshalls faults. He is still among one of the best recievers in the league. He knows best what kind of player he can be with a quarterback that can play with him..He was just voicing this fact tonight.

AHHHH The Great BSer himself, Odin, What say you about Marshalls Great game of flag football?
And BTW, Just got here from work at 9:30(Though Iam sure you know nothing about work)LOL

Can't touch Dis!
Posted by: odinseye | January 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM


Who would want to? Yuck.

Little Smells,

What is you, bout a 150 years old?

Sitting in front of a keyboard all night?

Bhwaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

PS: Don't even think I didn't see the nerve I struck Playa!

Dats what I do!

Ha ha ha!!!!

Odin, How much have you been drinking dude?, There's at least 4 posters on here that wish you'd take a trip to Sweden., PLEASE.

Is tonight "let me try to sound like an old white guy trying to sound like a black rapper" night?

Jesus, everyone knows you're a geraitric drunk but I didn;t think paint thinner was part of the evening repertoire as well.


Don't even talk to the scumbags.

His Momma and Daddy disowned him cause he wouldn't even fight for his Homeland. Yellow Cowards!

He was happy to grow fat and lazy leaving his brothers captive!


Sad but True!!!!

Isn't it about time for a fabricated sexual exploit?

I suggest using an old standby like the "Police Chief's Daughter" or maybe "The Sexy Librarian" or some other cliche such as those.

Those seem to write themselves---probably a smart idea in your current stupor.

Here we were Talking Football and he comes the drunk Odin, Oh well guys yell at you all later, Cant take any more BS from Odeneye., Peace out.Odin Reminds me of the drunk at a party, Hes humorous for about 5 minutes then becomes aIdiot., Continue Oder.

Some sort of cliched "Tour Bus" tale would be good, too.

Just make sure to include copious amounts of substance abuse, Hunter Thompsonesque references to shady characters, and a groupie or two you guys had to "ditch" in a small town in the Southwest because of legal issues.

See how easy it is?

And by the way, "playa" you are COMPLETELY out of your league right now. Trust me on that.

I need to do some things involving having an actual life now but may be back to toy with you later.

In the meantime, work on those stories! I'm counting on you!

You got a problem with how I speak?

No shame dude, I grew up a poor half breed on the South Side of Chicago with all the Brothers.

I lived it PUNK! Unlike you, I wasn't afraid to fight either.

You're out of your league Home Boy!

NOW! Go have Mando delete this: FVCK OFF PUNK!!!!

Chicken Shyt Bas tard, You can run(to Miami), but you can't hide!

Bhwaaaaa Haaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaa!!!!

I Wonder what kind of numbers Marshall would put up with Brady,Brees Or Rogers throwing to him?
Posted by: Coalition to Ban Ireland | January 29, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Were there any tackles?NO, They just stoped the runner or Reciever, You dont think Marshall knew theredbe any hard hitting?Makes me laugh, Even A drunk Odin would have caught a couple.
Posted by: Coalition to Ban Ireland | January 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Two posts meaning different things?, Sounds like a flip-flop., Could Coalition be none other then Dying Breed/Yesterdays gone And a few other alias?, Odin I think Coalition is none other then the flip-flopping Dying breed., DB, You've been EXPOSED!

Here we were Talking Football and he comes the drunk Odin, Oh well guys yell at you all later, Cant take any more BS from Odeneye.

-Go ahead Punk-RUN! Why change your MO now? You was talking all kinds of dumbshyt while I wasn't here.

Keep running coward, you will be rewarded in the next life!


Click the link for the cheerleader photos and check ou t the middle girl in photo #91.
It's like ...read my lips...

Odin, Coalition is DB.And probably Pricemaster too.


Nada mas

If you like p ussy lips go to photo #91 of the cheerleaders link and check out the lower smile on the middle cheerleader.

Croutons are good. I like to eat croutons.

Watched the Pro-Bowl, Marshall was unstopable, Now after reading the last half hour of posts I feel I must go shower and get a Tetnus shot,Carry on Girls.

Does Salguero ever update this freaking thing? The guys at the Sun Sentinel have new material all the time.

What's the deal with the Herald? They still using typewriters or chiseling stories onto marble?

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