When the rollers shut down, a new home for the Miami Dolphins
A new home is on the way for the Dolphins.
Miami announced Tuesday that it has entered into an agreement with the family of former NFL player and current Florida resident Brandon Thomas to build a $150 million domed football stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
The Miami Gardens Arena, as it’s been dubbed, will seat over 1,000 people, including a capacity of more than 60,000.
The stadium, which will include a retractable roof, will open in 2018.
The Dolphins have long been a tenant of the Miami Gardens complex, which includes the Marlins baseball stadium and the NFL’s Miami Dolphins Stadium.
The Dolphins announced the plans to build the stadium, located at the intersection of South First Street and the Miami Beach Boulevard, in a news release.
The announcement comes after the NFL announced last year that it had committed $50 million toward a new $150-million domed stadium in South Florida.
That project, which was not finalized at the time, is now on hold.
Thomas, who played for the Baltimore Ravens, was a member of the Dolphins for five seasons and has played for both the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons.