AP source: Dolphins OK referendum on stadium
The Dolphins say upgrades are needed to keep their stadium attractive for major events such as Super Bowls — such as the 50th title game in two years, which Miami hopes to host — and college football's championship game. They say the deal would keep them in South Florida through at least 2034.
The plan includes adding about 3,600 new seats close to the field, improved amenities and a canopy roof that would shield fans from South Florida's sun and rain while preserving a grass playing surface.
Public money would come from a $3 million state subsidy and an increase in Miami-Dade County's tax on hotels. The Miami Hurricanes play their home football games in the 25-year-old stadium and support the plan.
The Dolphins hope to hold the vote before May 22, when NFL owners are expected to choose the host for the 2016 Super Bowl. Miami and San Francisco are the finalists.
Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
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