The Miami Dolphins do not intend to pay for even modest upgrades to Sun Life Stadium now that the team's push for a subsidized renovation to the 1987 facility have failed, CEO Mike Dee said Sunday.
"We cannot do this without a public-private partnership," Dee told Miami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4. "At this time we have no intention of investing more."
Though he maintained that the Dolphins are still vying for Super Bowls 50 and 51, which National Football League owners are awarding later this month, Dee sounded less than hopeful about South Florida's prospects to host the games without improving the Miami Gardens stadium.
"We clearly have our work cut out for us," he said. "Having a stadium that's competitive is, I think, probably comparable to having a good quarterback when you're playing football."
In a live interview on Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede, Dee gave the first in-person remarks by any Dolphins official since late Friday, when the Florida House of Representatives ended the annual lawmaking session in Tallahassee without taking up team-backed legislation providing public subsidies for the renovation.