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Super Bowl 2020 Meets The Miami Art Scene At Hard Rock Stadium

Eyes trained on Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium will witness the crowning of a champion at the end of the 100th National Football League season on Feb. 2, 2020. 

The venue for the 11th Super Bowl reprisal in Miami offers much more to behold for this single game, which has grown to an international entertainment event.

From a distance, Hard Rock Stadium’s canopied roofing pops as it accents the Miami Gardens landscape. The design affords 91-percent cover for spectators who enjoy stunning views from field-level luxury boxes and beyond.

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Aerial view of Hard Rock Stadium, where Super Bowl 2020 will be held.

The $755 million multi-year renovation was funded by Stephen Ross, the Miami Dolphins’ managing general partner and chairman of the board. The revived stadium now features four large scoreboards, an enhanced digital initiative with Verizon to make it the first 5G—and possibly cashless—Super Bowl, and a wide assortment of innovative local cuisine with hospitality provider Centerplate.

Hard Rock is its fifth iteration since the stadium was built in 1987. In this version, Ross melds something that is very Miami into the stadium’s very being: artwork.

A mural by artist Dasic Fernandez adorns the walls of Hard Rock Stadium.

Traversing the stadium is akin to touring a thriving art gallery that features 19 murals, each of which illustrates a story about the region. This visual rush that decorates the hallways and concourse is the work of 18 artists who bring their designs from 10 different countries. 

“Miami is a truly aspirational city and a leader culturally in this country and, in some ways, the rest of the world,” said Ross, a long-time supporter of the arts. “This stadium is a global entertainment destination that reflects Miami’s cultural significance in music, sports, entertainment and now the arts.”

 

Urban artists PichiAvo paint a mural inside of the Miami Gardens venue.

 

Ross, who said he was inspired by the murals that adorn Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, tapped Goldman Global Arts for one of the world’s largest indoor street art galleries. The curation of these murals has turned a stadium into a vibrant public art experience.

The #ArtUnexpected project creates an artistic legacy and adds Hard Rock Stadium to Miami’s cultural environment. There are 29,000 square feet of painted walls and 30 additional pieces of fine art by nine international artists throughout the private clubs. The work emptied more than 3,000 cans of spray paint.

Among all of these visual spectacles, Don Shula stands out. More accurately, Don Shula bursts through. Portuguese artist Vhils evoked memories of the undefeated 1972 Dolphins team and its iconic coach, Don Shula, by using a layered technique on a wall treated to depict the passage of time. Don Shula is artwork for the ages and is appropriately located outside of the 72 Club.

 

Portuguese artist Vhils' Don Shula art piece.

The stadium boasts the best Miami has to offer, from world-class concessions to spectator experience to arts and culture.

For many, Super Bowl LIV’s memory will fade once the final whistle sounds. For all, the visual experience of Hard Rock Stadium will endure.

 

Photos courtesy of Hard Rock Stadium

 

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Hard Rock Stadium Is The New Name Of Miami Dolphins', Hurricanes' Revamped Home

South Florida will soon be watching football games at the Hard Rock.

No, not the Seminole tribe's hotel and casino in Hollywood, but at the renamed football stadium that plays host to Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes football games.

The temporarily titled New Miami Stadium now has a new sponsor and new name: Hard Rock Stadium. Officials made the announcement Wednesday afternoon at a press conference.

"The Hard Rock brand is all about entertainment, and we couldn't be more excited about the partner that we have," Dolphins President and CEO Tom Garfinkel said at the conference.

The venue was briefly called New Miami Stadium until the sponsorship agreement with Hard Rock International, owned by The Seminole Tribe of Florida, was reached. Originally named for late Dolphins owner Joe Robbie, the football stadium has had several other naming sponsors, with former venue names including Sun Life Stadium, Land Shark Stadium and Pro Player Stadium. 

The stadium has also undergone a $500 million renovation, adding new video boards, additional suites, and most importantly, a canopy structure to provide shade over the stands. Hard Rock Stadium will debut its completed makeover during the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans' preseason matchup on Sept. 1, followed by the Miami Hurricanes' season opener against Florida A&M on Sept. 3.

"I think you'll see the transformation from what it was two years to what it is today is quite remarkable," Garfinkel said. "It's truly going to be a global entertainment destination, and when you think about the best international soccer, the best players in the world, they'll be playing here in Hard Rock Stadium. When you think about the best artists in the world, and concerts, it'll be here at Hard Rock Stadium." 

In addition to hosting Dolphins and Hurricanes home games, as well as Super Bowl LIV in 2020, Hard Rock Stadium has formed a partnership with the Brazilian National Team to host six to seven soccer games over the next several years.

Garfinkel also announced that the first match of the International Champions Cup featuring Real Madrid will be played at Hard Rock Stadium in 2017.

Here's a look at the new Hard Rock Stadium:

Hard Rock Stadium; 2269 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens