What is your take on this? I'd hate to see us loose anyone of them...
CLASH OF THE BIG EVENTS?
As the NFL eyes a later Super Bowl, the Miami boat show might have to move for the big game to keep coming back to Sun Life Stadium
BY DOUGLAS HANKS
The Miami Dolphins have resumed their campaign for a $190 million stadium renovation, warning that future Super Bowls are at risk without a modern facility.
But the push comes in the face of a new hurdle for the region's Super Bowl dynasty: a potential scheduling conflict with the Miami International Boat Show.
While never a problem in the past, the NFL is considering a longer season that would push Super Bowl into Presidents' Day weekend, home to the boat show since 1948.
That leaves Miami-Dade's tourism industry in a bind, with the boat show packing hotel rooms each year but the Super Bowl delivering a mammoth but unpredictable bonanza of visitors and exposure about twice a decade.
Already, tourism leaders have sided with the boat show. In applying for the 2014 Super Bowl, South Florida organizers told the NFL it would not accept the game if the league moved it to Presidents' Day weekend. That was one of three weekends the NFL wants held open for the 2014 championship, which New York will host in a new $1.6 billion stadium.
And as NFL cities prepare to compete for the 2015 and 2016 Super Bowls, local organizers have asked the boat show to consider moving to another weekend to accommodate the game, people involved in the discussions said.
Show director Cathy Rick-Joule said she resisted the idea, given the value of predictable dates for an event claiming to draw about 90,000 people a year. Given the crowded schedule of winter boat shows -- with Miami wedged between nautical expos in St. Louis and New England -- moving to other dates would complicate logistics for exhibitors, the event's main revenue source.
But Rick-Joule said she did not rule out other dates if the move came with a financial subsidy or some other incentive to make up for the expected disruption.
``We have upwards of 10 or 12 landlords,'' she said of a show that stretches from the Miami Beach Convention Center to docks at the Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami. ``They asked us, and I basically said there would be some seriously compelling reason'' to move.
The bowl-versus-boats question forms an intriguing backdrop as the Dolphins quietly ramp up another push to partially enclose the team's privately owned stadium. Miami Beach hotels count on the boat show for their busiest weekend, and the city's commissioners passed a resolution early this year opposing a tax-funded renovation of the stadium.
The Dolphins lobbied Tallahassee lawmakers for a bill that would let Miami-Dade increase its hotel taxes from 6 percent to 7 percent to fund the stadium work and expand the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The Dolphins -- owned by billionaire developer Stephen Ross and celebrities including Gloria Estefan and Marc Anthony -- dropped the tax-hike campaign in March, citing the poor economy and strained government finances.
Along with the partial roof, the Dolphins' stadium plan includes 3,000 extra premium seats near the field and high-definition lighting now required for games televised at night. Ross did not offer to a share in the renovation costs.
The Dolphins recently launched a website, visionforsfl.com, that touts the new stadium design.
``For South Florida to compete with other cities that are showcasing brand new facilities, it must bring Sun Life Stadium into the 21st century,'' reads the website, which was flashed on stadium video screens during the Oct. 4 Dolphins game against New England.
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