The Miami Dolphins and local tourism officials presented the National Football League on Tuesday with the most expensive Super Bowl bid in South Florida’s history, but the team’s CEO said amped-up entertainment options won’t be enough if voters don’t approve a subsidized renovation of Sun Life Stadium.
An upgraded stadium “is the only impediment between us and success,’’ Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said in a telephone press conference after a closed-door meeting in New York with NFL executives over the region’s Super Bowl bid. “We have a beautiful home with a rusty fence.”
South Florida’s Super Bowl Host Committee expects to spend about $21 million in private and public funds putting on the kind of Super Bowl outlined in the thick binder presented to NFL executives in New York. The confidential proposal includes creating a Super Bowl theme park in downtown Miami, including closing down Biscayne Boulevard, constructing a “Hail Mary Zip Line” along the waterfront and possibly mooring barges to accommodate some of the action, according to interviews and leaked details about the plans.
“We were impressed by the feedback,’’ Rodney Barreto, the chairman of the local Super Bowl committee, said after the NFL meeting. “We were applauded.”
This week, the NFL met with the three metropolitan areas pursuing Super Bowls 50 and 51 before final bids are due May 7. South Florida and the San Francisco area are competing for the 50th game in 2016, and the loser will take on Houston for the 51st game in 2017.