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Miami, FL , United States

Hard Rock Stadium - Miami Dolphins

Arch. HOK

The Miami Dolphins’ stadium is reinvented with exclusive seats for boxes and VIP zones


USA, Miami

A New Era for Hard Rock Stadium 


Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is funding the modernization of the legendary Sun Life Stadium under the guidance of architectural studio HOK.  The goal is to make the 28 year old venue a best-in-class, global entertainment destination. The renovation and modernization will cost $400M, and will enhance the spectator experience for events hosting the Miami Dolphins, the University of Miami football team, and the Orange Bowl. The renovated world class stadium will be poised to attract events like the Super Bowl, college championships, international soccer matches, and large-scale concerts.


The refurbishment occurred in 3 phases with improvements designed to provide a modernized spectator and user experience. All new stadium seats, a state-of-the-art roof shade canopy that will protect over 90% of the fans from rain and sun, high definition video boards and upgraded dining areas and private clubs are the key focus in the renovation. Completion is expected in time for the 2016 Dolphins football season with all services ready to operate at full capacity.

Challenges and Solutions

With this modernization, the architects sacrificed more than 10,000 seats but will gain a quality, spectator experience. A stadium with poor visibility or uncomfortable seats cannot become a first-class stadium; thus, these points have taken top priority.

The project's architects wanted the VIP areas of the stadium, located around the Founder's Suites at the South Gate and at field level at the West and East Gates, to be equipped with the best seats on the market. Thanks to the exclusive areas, the Sun Life Stadium VIP partners can offer a unique opportunity which will make the loss of seats profitable. The challenge, therefore, was to select the best Figueras seating models adapted to this unique project, as well as individual modifications to each zone.



Name: Hard Rock Stadium

Location: Miami (USA)

Architecture: HOK

Property: Dolphins Enterprises

Capacity: 65,326 seats


Living Room Boxes: 112 seats Figueras Hollywood model

Founders Club: 136 seats Figueras Hollywood model

VIP area of South Gate: 600seats Figueras Smart model, custom product

Founders' Suites: 72 seats Figueras Smart model

Models Supplied

Essentially, there are two models from Figueras for the VIP areas in the Sun Life Stadium. On the one hand, the wider, more comfortable Figueras armchair, the Hollywood model, is installed at field level in The 72 Club , exclusive VIP boxes, called Living Room Boxes. In these private spaces at field level, the Hollywood seats offer maximum comfort thanks to their ample proportions, push button for back recline, and their simile leather upholstery . As they are weatherproof seats, the upholstery is resistant to inclement weather and the sun and is the same light blue color as the host team. There are 112 seats in these 56 sections in each of the end zones. The rest of the Hollywood seats, 136 in total, are located in the exclusive area around TheFounders Club inThe South Club.


On the other hand, 600 Smart seats, upholstered in sky blue vinyl, are installed in the VIP area at the South Gate. This is a special model created from the Smart armchair but with some special modifications to accommodate this very specific area. For example, they have had to adapt a foot riser that could be anchored in the stands and they have reduced the size of armrest for comfort without losing capacity. The reserved area, the Founders Suites, has been equipped with Smart seat model 13030 for the 72 main seats of this area. It is a model of generous proportions and beautiful design, which is anchored to the ground. Six seats are removable.




Hard Rock Stadium - Miami Dolphins in Miami, FL , United States; project fitted with 5400 Hollywood   /  13030 Smart seats for Arenas & Stadiums

Technical data

  • Name: Hard Rock Stadium - Miami Dolphins
  • Location: Miami, FL , United States
  • Year of development: 2016
  • Architecture: HOK
  • Segments: Arenas & Stadiums|
  • Fixed Seating: 5400 Hollywood   /  13030 Smart

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