June 18, 2013 |
The Eagles are not spending $125 million to renovate Lincoln Financial Field to host a Super Bowl, but it doesn't hurt owner Jeffrey Lurie's case. Lurie first mentioned the possibility in March when he was asked about New Jersey's MetLife Stadium hosting the Super Bowl this season. Lurie noted that if the event proves to be a success, he would push for Philadelphia to host the annual event. An updated stadium will enhance the Eagles' bid. "That wasn't the intention, but certainly when I'm on the Super Bowl committee, when you're bidding on a Super Bowl, the committee looks very closely at your stadium and your city and what you can host," Lurie said.
May 22, 2013
The NFL will celebrate its 50th Super Bowl in northern California, where its newest, most high-tech venue is being built. That makes South Florida, in the midst of a spat over expensive stadium renovations, a loser for the 2016 game. And Miami took a double defeat when Houston was awarded the 2017 championship game. In two separate votes, NFL owners Tuesday went with the San Francisco Bay Area and Houston on the first ballot at their spring meetings in Boston. The 49ers' new home is set to open next year in Santa Clara, and will host the first Super Bowl in the area since 1985.
February 12, 2013 |
The Miami Dolphins have agreed to a local referendum supporting their plan to have taxpayers pay for some of the costs of a planned upgrade of Sun Life Stadium, a person familiar with the discussions said Sunday. The Dolphins believe that approval of the referendum this spring by Miami-Dade County voters would help the club get financial help from the state legislature. A news conference was scheduled for Monday. Team and stadium owner Stephen Ross, who has resisted holding a referendum, apparently had a change of heart after the local delegation to Tallahassee left the stadium bill off its list of priorities for this year's session.
February 12, 2013 |
Norman Braman, who became a billionaire thanks to Florida car dealerships and investments in fine art and the Philadelphia Eagles, is no fan of taxes paying to upgrade Sun Life Stadium for the Miami Dolphins. "This is still welfare for a multi-billionaire. It's wrong," Braman said, according to WSVN-TV in Miami. This morning, South Florida's NFL franchise announced it would accept letting voters approve a deal that would fund $400 million worth of renovations. Supporting the deal was Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who said final OK by lawmakers should hinge on landing the 2016 Super Bowl.
October 9, 2011 |
Fighting for a playoff spot, the Union overwhelmed the host Seattle Sounders, 2-0, Saturday night on second-half goals from Freddy Adu and Brian Carroll. The win at CenturyLink Field puts the Union in first place in the Eastern Conference and in the driver's seat for one of the 10 playoff spots. Adu scored in the 60th minute, and Carroll followed nine minutes later. The Union were coming of a 1-1 tie at Chivas USA last weekend. San Jose 2, New England 1. Chris Wondolowski scored his second goal of the game on a header in the 83d minute to power the Earthquakes over the Revolution in front of 9,111 fans at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
September 4, 2011
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Few will be saddened when the Florida Marlins no longer play baseball in Sun Life Stadium. Charlie Manuel has some bright memories as his Phillies play their final games here, but one terrible night is stuck in his memory. That's Oct. 26, 1997, the night Edgar Renteria ruined the Cleveland Indians' title hopes in the 11th inning of Game 7 of the World Series. Manuel was the Indians' hitting coach. "I was standing right over there," Manuel said, pointing to the end of the dugout closest to home plate.
August 31, 2011 |
Miami Hurricanes fans, reeling from a massive scandal that could result in the "death penalty" for their once-powerful football program, now are irked at their neighbors - the Dolphins. The NFL team recently disclosed plans to honor Tim Tebow and the rest of the Florida Gators 2008 national championship team. The ceremony will take place during the Dolphins' game against Tebow and the Denver Broncos on Oct. 23. That means the Gators will be honored on the field where the Hurricanes play as the university shares Sun Life Stadium with the Dolphins.
July 15, 2011
DAVID PRICE, of the Tampa Bay Rays, has no shame. Nor does the Yankees' Derek Jeter, for that matter. On Saturday, Jeter became the first Yankee to reach 3,000 hits when he homered off Price in the third inning. Now, Price has hooked up with a memorabilia dealer to sign merchandise connected to the feat. Price made a deal with Steiner Sports in which he will sign baseballs and photos (presumably of him throwing the historic pitch). Some of the items will bear the inscription, "I Gave Up DJ's 3K," and be signed by both Price and Jeter.
July 6, 2011 |
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Fewer than 5,000 fans dotted the stands at muggy Sun Life Stadium when Anibal Sanchez threw the first pitch at 7:10 p.m., and there was every sense it would be one of those nights Wednesday. The Phillies had a charter flight waiting in Fort Lauderdale to take them home, but first they had to endure this game, a 7-6 loss to the hapless Marlins. The Phillies blew a 4-0 lead, a 5-3 lead, a 6-3 lead and then finally lost it in the 10th inning when Mike Stanton mashed a Danys Baez curveball that flew over the leftfield fence in mere seconds.