Moving to Dolphin StadiumAfter two years of development, the stadium opened for business in August of 1987 when the Dolphins battled the Chicago Bears. When configured as a football stadium, it can host over 75,000 cheering fans and provides a wide array of seating options, ranging from the "nosebleed seats" to $90,000/year executive boxes for South Florida's corporate elite.
Billionaire entrepreneur Wayne Huizenga purchased 50% of the stadium in 1990 and acquired the remainder of the facility four years later. He used his stake in Joe Robbie Stadium to facilitate the purchase of the expansion Florida Marlins, giving South Florida a presence in Major League Baseball.
Naming RightsThe home of the Dolphins and Marlins has undergone two name changes over the course of its lifetime. In 1996, Fruit of the Loom purchased the naming rights to the complex and renamed it Pro Player Stadium, after its line of sporting apparel. They gave up those rights in January 2005 and the stadium was renamed Dolphin Stadium, in honor of the National Football League team that calls it home. The stadium naming rights were recently purchased by SunLife, bringing the venue yet another name - SunLife Stadium.
Getting to SunLife StadiumIf you haven’t been to SunLife Stadium in the past, you might be surprised to learn that it’s not located in Miami. The ballpark is actually equidistant from Miami and Fort Lauderdale, located about one mile south of the Broward County line. We offer driving directions from various points in South Florida.
General parking at SunLife Stadium is $10 for Marlins games. Most gates open two hours prior to starting time, but early birds may access Gates 2 and 5 half an hour before other gates open. Disabled parking is available at Gates A, C, E and G. Here’s an insider tip: TicketsNow offers VIP parking passes for $20 for most Marlins games.