By Tony Lesesne
In this episode you're about to watch, Tony Lesesne takes you on a guided tour of some of the coolest places to eat, drink, and be merry when visiting the amazing Hard Rock stadium and campus. Tony takes us on a little tour and a taste test just before the Miami open tennis tournament. Check out the sites, the sounds, and the exquisite food and beverage options that await you.
Tony and James Blake, Tournament Director and former tennis star take time for a photo opportunity (at left).
There are hundreds and hundreds of venues to enjoy when visiting in Miami or simply looking for some fun as you plan your calendar. The hard Rock stadium in Miami Gardens is just one of many and we intend to make sure that we bring you up to speed on all of them, no matter how long it takes. Will take you from the beaches to the everglades, from North Palm Beach to the lower keys and when we really want to give you a added treat, we'll take it to the mountains, The valleys and exotic islands. For now let's focus on Miami gardens, and the hard Rock stadium venues available for you to enjoy.
Jeremy Walls, Senior Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer with the Miami Dolphins spoke to the importance of the event (as seen at left) as well as the year-round entertainment offered at the stadium.
The Miami Open is one of the premier tennis tournaments in the world, and the F1 Miami Grand Prix is a global destination. All of this happens at the hard Rock stadium, home to Miami dolphins and several super bowl and national championship games. It is amazing venue.
The Hard Rock Stadium
Of course, the Hard Rock stadium is the home field for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL) and the Miami Hurricanes, the University of Miami's NCAA Division I college football team.
The stadium also has hosted six Super Bowls (XXIII, XXIX, XXXIII, XLI, XLIV, and LIV), the 2010 Pro Bowl, two World Series (1997 and 2003), four BCS National Championship Games (2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013), one CFP National Championship (2021), the second round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and WrestleMania XXVIII.
In addition, the stadium hosts the Orange Bowl, an annual college football bowl game, and the Miami Open tennis tournament. Since 2022, the grounds of Hard Rock Stadium has also hosted the Miami International Autodrome, a temporary racing circuit used for Formula 1's Miami Grand Prix. In addition, the stadium will host multiple matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup. From 1993 until 2011, the stadium also was the home field of the Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB) until their move to LoanDepot Park in 2012.
The facility opened in 1987 as Joe Robbie Stadium and has been known by a number of names since: Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Land Shark Stadium, and Sun Life Stadium. In August 2016, the team sold the naming rights to Hard Rock Cafe Inc. for $250 million over 18 years.