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Dolphins May Put Tarps on Unsold Upper Level Seats

Despite an upcoming showing on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” the Dolphins are still having major issues when it comes to selling tickets.

One solution – put tarps on some of the upper deck seats. Right now the Fins have 35,000 upper deck seats, the most in the NFL according to Team president Mike Dee.

“We have the furthest distance from the sidelines with our lower bowl in the NFL,” Dee told Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “We have the fewest number of seats in that lower seating level between the 20 yard lines, between the goal lines, in the NFL. Not just the facilities that compete for Super Bowls. We’ve got to fix that …

The Redskins took 10,000 seats out of their upper deck this past year. We’re looking at all those things to retrofit the stadium to today’s standards.”

The best way, the right way, to fix the capacity issues Dee mentions is through construction and refurbishing Sun Life Stadium. There’s nothing like taking seats out of the upper deck that is too big. There’s nothing like adding seats in the lower bowl that is not big enough. That is the optimal approach.

But that costs money. And neither the legislature, nor local politicians are volunteering to pay for that. The public would likely vote down a ballot measure for such expenditure. And owner Stephen Ross is in no hurry to spend the multiple millions of dollars it would cost to do the project.

The could definitely adjust the numbers of seats in the upper deck without actually touching the place. They can simply ask the NFL to consider certain seats basically invisible. The Dolphins can just lower capacity by giving the NFL a new capacity number and then not selling, say 10,000 seats in the upper deck, for at least one season.

Other teams — Jacksonville for example — have done it. Unable to fill an extreme number of seats, the Jaguars just threw a tarp over whole sections of seating.


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