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Dolphins moving forward toward Sunday at Hard Rock until further notice (updated)

The people who refurbished (rebuilt) Hard Rock Stadium to its current form will inspect the facility today to make sure it suffered no structural damage during Hurricane Matthew. If that inspection shows the facility is undamaged, the football games scheduled for tomorrow and Sunday will be held there as planned.

The Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles are scheduled to play at Hard Rock on Saturday night. The Miami Dolphins are scheduled to host the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

By all outward appearances Hard Rock suffered no damage.

[Update: The stadium has passed inspection. The games are on!]

Matthew did not come ashore in South Florida and northwest Miami-Dade County where Hard Rock sits saw only minimal tropical storm force winds and some rain. The facility is designed and constructed to withstand hurricane force winds.

So the scheduled inspection is considered unlikely to turn up any issues. The Dolphins nonetheless want to be detailed in every facet of this issue.

But this: The Dolphins fully expect to move forward and play the Titans at home on Sunday. They've made plans for this and will continue to implement those plans today unless and until someone (the inspection) says otherwise.

Those plans include a walkthrough practice at 2 p.m. followed by an hour-long or so practice at 3:05 p.m.

Dolphins players were off Thursday but that was planned well ahead of the storm and would have happened even if there was no storm. Coaches were told to stay home Thursday and did exactly that because of the storm. The team has re-gathered at its Davie, Fl., practice facility today.

That facility, by the way, also suffered no ill effects from Matthew.

 

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