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Dolphins announce training camp schedule and special event at FIU

With Sun Life Stadium undergoing renovations, the Dolphins announced Tuesday that their annual training camp scrimmage will be held on Friday, Aug. 7, at Ocean Bank Field at Florida International University.

Admission for that 6:30 p.m. practice/scrimmage is $5; tickets can be purchased at dolphins.com. Parking is free – lots open at 4 p.m. for tailgating and a “fan festival” -- and there is room to accommodate 15,000 fans for the scrimmage.

The Dolphins say fans will be able to get autographs from current players and alumni. A fireworks show will follow.

Sun Life Stadium, which is undergoing $400 million in renovations as part of a project that will continue into 2016, will be ready for the Dolphins’ first home preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 29, against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Dolphins open their preseason schedule on Thursday, Aug. 13, at Chicago, and then play Aug. 22 in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers. After the Falcons game, they close preseason with a Sept. 3 home game against Tampa Bay.

The Dolphins also announced Tuesday that training camp will open on Thursday, July 30 --- one of 12 practices free to the public and one of 13 free and open to season-ticket holders who are members of the “Finatic” program.

Ten of the 12 open practices begin at 8 a.m.

The Dolphins say they will have the same number of practices free and open to the public as last year even though they will be traveling to Spartanburg, S.C. for joint practices with the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 19 and 20.

Those practices at Wofford College begin at 8:30 a.m. and are open to the public.

The Dolphins say they chose FIU to host the scrimmage because it’s the only venue in Miami-Dade that’s big enough to accommodate it.

That will allow additional time for renovations to Sun Life Stadium. The project is being done in stages. A re-design of the main seating bowl will be ready to start the season; a weather canopy will take another year to complete.

Additionally, high-definition scoreboards will be placed in each corner; each screen will have a “founding partner” that will generate additional advertisement revenue. The Dolphins also are adding a permanent stage to the parking lot for smaller-scale concerts.

Owner Stephen Ross agreed to pay for or borrow $350 million of the project’s $400 million price tag. In return, the Dolphins will be paid a subsidy by the county for bringing major events to the Miami Gardens facility.

Here’s the training camp schedule:
 

          TIME                    DATE                                                  LOCATION

8 a.m.                   Thursday, July 30                             Doctors Hospital Training Facility – Davie, FL

8 a.m.                   Friday, July 31                                   Doctors Hospital Training Facility – Davie, FL

8 a.m.                   Saturday, Aug. 1                              Doctors Hospital Training Facility – Davie, FL

8 a.m.                   Sunday, Aug. 2                                 Doctors Hospital Training Facility – Davie, FL

8 a.m.                   Tuesday, Aug. 4                               Doctors Hospital Training Facility – Davie, FL

8 a.m.                   Wednesday, Aug. 5                         Doctors Hospital Training Facility – Davie, FL

8 a.m.                   Thursday, Aug. 6                              Doctors Hospital Training Facility – Davie, FL

7 p.m.                   Friday, Aug. 7                                   Ocean Bank Field at FIU Stadium – Miami, FL

3 p.m.                   Sunday, Aug. 9                                 Doctors Hospital Training Facility – Davie, FL

12:30 p.m.           Monday, Aug. 10                             Doctors Hospital Training Facility – Davie, FL

8 a.m.                   Tuesday, Aug. 11                             Doctors Hospital Training Facility – Davie, FL

*1:15 p.m.           Saturday, Aug. 15                            Doctors Hospital Training Facility – Davie, FL

8 a.m.                   Sunday, Aug. 16                               Doctors Hospital Training Facility – Davie, FL

8 a.m.                   Monday, Aug. 17                             Doctors Hospital Training Facility – Davie, FL

 

*Finatic Only Member Day

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