Speaking of Stephen Ross, the Miami Dolphins owner chimed in on his own stadium demands yesterday, insisting again that Miami will never get another Super Bowl without a renovated stadium, and expressing it in a novel way:
“I do know without a renovated or modernized stadium, Miami is not going to get Super Bowls. And I don’t want us to become another San Diego where people love going to San Diego. They didn’t do anything to the stadium, and they haven’t had a Super Bowl there in what, 15 or 20 years even though they love the experience there.”
Where to begin? The last Super Bowl in San Diego was actually in 2003, which isn’t all that long a time when you’re cycling among a dozen or more cities: The only city to have hosted more than one Super Bowl since 2003 is … oh, look, Miami.
And then there’s the odd notion that even though people love going to San Diego, it’s hurt that city to be bereft of a Super Bowl for ten whole years because … okay, not because it hurts San Diego’s image as a tourist destination, because Ross just said that people still love to go there. So his threat, such as it is, seems to boil down to: If you don’t give me $200 million to renovate my stadium, Miami will just be another beautiful warm-weather city that tourists flock to in the winter for all the other attractions, but not for one week every five or ten years to see a football game.
Ross then added, “We’re the only team in the country that doesn’t have any public dollars with our stadium,” which ignores the Carolina Panthers‘ privately built stadium, for starters. I thought it was going to be hard to top Ross’ claim that putting $200 million into a stadium, half of which would come from the NFL, would be the biggest private commitment in the history of professional sports, but he’s certainly giving it the old college try.