A gondola ride is officially on tap at Hard Rock Stadium, as Miami Dolphins president and CEO Tom Garfunkel revealed plans via Twitter on Thursday.
Set to be installed outside Hard Rock Stadium, the gondola will serve as a new attraction in the area surrounding the facility. While it will not act as a method of transportation to and from Hard Rock Stadium, it is expected to be an attraction for riders to not only get an overhead view of the venue, but also of landmarks such as the Miami skyline.
Garfunkel showcased plans for the gondola in a tweet on Thursday, confirming previous reports on the amenity.
Gondola coming to @HardRockStadium ! pic.twitter.com/Zmsw5YMfAC— Tom Garfinkel (@TomGarfinkel) November 21, 2019
VenuesNow had reported on the gondola in February. More from the Miami Herald:
The lift, which costs approximately $3 million, is expected to be completed just in time for the Super Bowl in February 2020.
According to The Next Miami, the gondola is for entertainment purposes rather than transportation. The ride will extend roughly 1800 feet and last about 10 minutes, giving passengers a bird’s eye view of the crowd. Riders will also have a clear shot of the Miami skyline in the distance.
The cost of each ride and the cab’s capacity are unclear.
Originally opening as Joe Robbie Stadium in 1987, Hard Rock Stadium has undergone an evolution in recent years, the result of hundreds of millions of dollars in renovations led by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. As those renovations have taken shape, Hard Rock Stadium has expanded its event programming beyond the Dolphins and University of Miami football to host soccer matches, concerts, tennis’s annual Miami Open, and more. The Dolphins also broke ground in August on a training complex outside of Hard Rock Stadium, and it is expected to open in 2021.
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