The Miami Dolphins will try to get tax money to finance upgrades for their stadium through a local referendum.
According to the Associated Press, the public funds “would come from a $3 million state subsidy and an increase in Miami-Dade County’s tax on hotels.” The Dolphins want to hold the vote before May 22, which is when NFL owners will choose which city hosts the 2016 Super Bowl.
Voters in South Florida are already upset because the Miami Marlins ballpark, which opened last year, was built “largely with public money,” and the “upgrades to the Dolphins’ stadium are expected to cost about $400 million.” The Dolphins have agreed to pay $201 million.
The Dolphins say upgrades are needed so they can host major events like the Super Bowl. Those upgrades include “adding about 3,600 new seats close to the field, improved amenities and a canopy roof that would shield fans from South Florida’s sun and rain while preserving a grass playing surface.”