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Dolphins Want Local Help With Stadium Improvements

The Sun-Sentinel reports on the Dolphins looking for some help from the locals when it comes to stadium improvements:

The Dolphins should pursue public funding to renovate Sun Life Stadium to keep it competitive to host Super Bowls, despite the fact this year’s game pumped fewer dollars into the region’s economy than the 2007 game. That was the recommendation presented Monday to the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee by a panel charged with studying the value of the NFL’s championship game and whether stadium upgrades are needed to keep it coming to South Florida. The group’s findings were released along with an economic impact study showing the 2010 Super Bowl and Pro Bowl in South Florida generated $333 million for local businesses.

Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said the team, which spent $300 million on stadium upgrades in the past five years, cannot make the investment by itself. “There has to be a public-private component to this. There has to be some participation if we’re going to finish the job,” Dee said, adding the team is studying funding options and expects to present its ideas in September. “All those ideas are going to need to be under the category of the community wanting to do this.”

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