By Jeff Fox:
On Tuesday, the Miami Dolphins made it official. They are moving the team’s training facility to Miami Gardens, which in effect ends their 25-year run at Nova Southeastern University. It just seems like this was the right thing to do according to team executives at today’s press conference and stadium showcase.
“We’re excited to be moving our training facility here to Miami Gardens to bring our organization together, to bring the Dolphins to Miami-Dade County,” Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel said.
The new facility will be privately funded and built by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross with a potential price tag of between $75 and $80 million. The facility will have all of the bells and whistles of the top-notch NFL stadiums including meeting rooms, a cafeteria, two outdoor fields and an indoor practice facility.
“Miami-Dade County is thrilled to have the Dolphins returning home to build their new training facility in Miami Gardens,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said. “After 25 yards of training in Broward County, the Dolphins will be consolidating their stronghold in Miami-Dade County. This is I think is a very wise move.”
Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert was all smiles as he echoed those sentiments. For the residents of Miami Gardens, this is huge because there will be so many employment benefits for years to come. Hard Rock Stadium is rapidly becoming the entertainment mecca that Mayor Gilbert and it’s executives have always envisioned. World Cups, Super Bowls, major concert events and more.
The Dolphins new training facility will be located near Hard Rock Stadium on University Drive. Garfinkel said an excess of 2,000 extra parking spots will remain after the new facility is completed. Thus eliminating any worries of a potential parking nightmare. A great day for the Dolphins organization, it’s fans and the city of Miami Gardens.